• 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 UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

The goals of the course are to see how the principles of historical and comparative linguistics are reflected in the history of Japanese. We will look at several important phonological and syntactic phenomena, (and at how they might be accounted for in various frameworks) both native and Western. Students will acquire a sense of the depth of the language, and an understanding of what is involved in doing historical linguistic research.

Learning Outcomes

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

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:
1. understand the basic terminology and issues of the field of historical linguistics as they pertain to Japanese;
2. analyse a wide range of phonological, morphological and syntactic structures in Old Japanese and the Modern varieties
3. assess the typical arguments made in linguistic discussions;
4. identify dialect differences within Japonic;
5. analyse and compare linguistic systems within Japonic;
6. undertake guided research in linguistic issues of interest and present arguments and conclusions coherently, persuasively, and meaningfully;
7. reflect on and articulate how their own views on language change and variation have developed over the course of the semester 

Indicative Assessment

  1. In-class midterm exam (LO 1, 2, 4)  20%
  2. Final essay of 2,500 - 3000 words (LO 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) 40%
  3. Summaries of assigned readings (LO 1, 3) 10%
  4. Problem set and presentation (LO 2, 5, 7) 10%
  5. Group project (LO 2, 4, 5, 6)  20%

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32 contact hours (lectures/tutorials) over the course of the semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have previously completed JPNS2013 and JPNS2015 and LING1001. You may not enrol in this course if you have previously completed LING3008.




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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
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
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