• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Japanese
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course is an introduction to the study of the modern Japanese vocabulary; it examines the various ways in which Japanese words are inter- related and will be of practical help to students in their acquisition of Japanese vocabulary. Topics discussed will include: word classes (nouns/verbs/ adjectives/adverbs), lexical strata (native words/Sino-Japanese and Western loanwords/ mimetic words), word formation (compounds/ derived words), lexical meaning (Japanese-English contrastive semantics/semantic fields), lexical style (colloquial and bookish vocabulary/male and female usage).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

At the end of the course students should have an extended knowledge of the various topics of Japanese lexicon.

Other Information

Other prerequisites: permission of the Program convener.

Indicative Assessment

Assignments (20%), Mid-term exam (20%), Final exam (30%), and a 3000 word essay (30%), to be confirmed at first lecture.

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Three contact hours per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed JPNS6013 and JPNS6115 or equivalent. You may not enrol in this course if you have previously completed JPNS2009.

Prescribed Texts

Miura, A., Japanese Words and their Uses, Tuttle, 1983



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4350
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