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Focus 3+4: Introduction to Japanese linguistics


Admission requirements

Japanese language proficiency: low intermediate level.


This course offers a brief introduction to a wide range of topics in Japanese linguistics, including: sound system, vocabulary and word structure, word meaning, writing system, sentence structure, and use and functions of Japanese in relation to social structures and interpersonal relationships.

Course objectives

Students will gain:
(1) A basic understanding of these fields of Japanese linguistics and terminology used within them;
(2) An ability to discuss problems related to the structure and use of Japanese;
(3) A basic ability to analyse some aspects of written and spoken language by working on short assignments.


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Mode of instruction

Seminar (werkcollege).

Assessment method

– Participation element (attendance, participation, presentation & presentation write-up): 30% – Analytical element (analytical exercises): 20% – Research paper (2,000-2,500 words): 30% – Final exam: 20%


Course notes and slides, course schedule, assignments, links, etc.

Reading list

1) Yamaguchi, Toshiko, 2007. Japanese Linguistics – An Introduction, Continuum. ISBN: 0826487904
2) Reader (available at Studiepunt)


Through uSis.

Contact information

Please contact Mw. Dr. R.J. Länsisalmi.