• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Asian Studies, Language Studies, Linguistics
  • Major code JPLN-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Japanese Linguistics Major


Japanese Linguistics covers all aspects of linguistics as they pertain to the Japanese language—from issues in phonetics, phonology, and syntax to sociolinguistics, the history of the Japanese language and its teaching as a foreign language. A Japanese linguistics major provides students with a solid foundation upon which to develop interests in the Japanese language, its use and its structure. The Japanese linguistics major is designed to complement the Japanese language major. Knowledge of the Japanese language is required for some but not all courses in the Japanese linguistics major. Students are expected to have some familiarity with the Japanese language to be able to complete the major.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of a Bachelor degree with a major in Japanese Linguistics, graduates will be able to:

  • Collect, organize and analyze linguistic data
  • Understand and analyze the link between language      and various dimensions of culture.
  • Understand the social functions of language and      the roles they play in culture.
  • Form hypotheses about Japanese language      structure/language use and test those hypotheses against new data.
  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of processes of      language change and variation, and the role of language in reflecting and      constructing social identities.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge if issues in Japanese      language policy and be able to take a role in the discussion of such      issues


Course Lists

The course lists in the "Requirements" section below is a definitive   list and includes all courses that can be counted towards the major,   whether or not they are offered in the current year. For a list of   courses that will be offered in the current year, please see the Summary of Courses page.


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    Study Options
    Students may take courses outside of this list with advanced permission from the Undergraduate Convenor, provided the courses contribute to the major’s learning outcomes. The College of Asia & the Pacific encourages students to consider applying to take a Vice Chancellor’s undergraduate course (VCUG) as part of this major.
    Please Note: To see the pre-2012 rules for this major, students can navigate to the 2011 version of Study@.


    Major Requirements

    This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

    12 units from completion of the following course(s):

    Code Title Units
    LING1001 Introduction to the Study of Language 6
    JPNS2007 Japanese Linguistics 6

    6 units from completion of the following course(s):

    Code Title Units
    LING1002 Language and Society 6
    LING2003 Introduction to Syntax 6
    LING2010 Phonetics: Sounds of the World's Languages - Later Year 6

    A minimum of 18 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

    Code Title Units
    ASIA2001 Language in Asia 6
    ASIA3012 Readings in Asian Societies and Histories 6
      ASIA 3013: Read Asian Soc & Hist_B
    JPNS2009 Japanese Lexicon 6
    JPNS2019 Japanese Phonetics and Phonology 6
    JPNS2024 Japanese Grammar 6
    JPNS3011 Language Variation and Change in the Japanese Archipelago 6
    JPNS3012 Teaching Japanese: Content 6
    JPNS3013 Japanese - English Translation 6
    JPNS3014 Teaching Japanese: Method 6

    A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

    Linguistic (LING) or Language Studies (LANG) courses

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