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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
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
- final essay of 3,000 words (LO 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) 40%
- critical summaries (4 x 300 words) (LO 1, 2, 3) 20%
- project on the history of one variety (1,000 words) (LO 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) 30%
- oral research presentation (LO 2, 5, 7) 10%
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Three hours per week
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You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
*Crowley., T, An Introduction to Historical Linguistics, 2nd ed, Oxford, Auckland: Oxford University Press, 1992
*Shibatani, Masayoshi, The Languages of Japan, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990
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