• Class Number 6699
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
    • AsPr Shunichi Ishihara
    • AsPr Shunichi Ishihara
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
SELT Survey Results

The course will examine certain characteristic features of modern Japanese from a general linguistic perspective. A selection of topics will be discussed in conjunction with relevant literature.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of major linguistic and socio-cultural issues relevant to the Japanese language, and demonstrate an ability to discuss them critically and rigorously.
  2. Analyse and discuss chosen specific aspects of Japanese linguistics in a clear and logically persuasive writing style.
  3. Research and construct a short, correctly referenced bibliography on a chosen topic in Japanese linguistics.
  4. Critique a major text important to a particular topic in Japanese linguistics.
  5. Conduct original research, applying linguistic knowledge to data gathering and analysis.

Readings for this course are available on the Wattle site. Most are from the following two books:

  • Hasegawa, Yoko. 2015. Japanese: A linguistic introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Tsujimura, Natsuko. 2007. An Introduction to Japanese Linguistics. 2nd Edition. Cambridge: Blackwell.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to the course and to Japanese linguistics Phonetics
2 Phonology
3 Phonology
4 Lexicon & Morphology
5 Syntax: particles Article summary due 11:55pm Wednesday
6 Syntax: Tense, aspect, and taxis Mid-term test (Thursday)
7 Individual essay consultation session Midterm test review
8 Syntax: Phrase structures and syntactic trees & causative Essay proposal due 11:55pm Wednesday
9 Syntax: Passives
10 Dialects Essay draft due 11:55pm Wednesday
11 Pragmatics: Speech act & politeness
12 Pragmatics & revisions Essay due: 11:55pm Monday

Tutorial Registration

Students are required to register their tutorial classes on the Wattle site.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Article summaries 20 % 26/08/2020 03/09/2020 3,4
Essay 30 % 26/10/2020 * 1,2,3,4,5
Mid-Term Exam 20 % 03/09/2020 22/09/2020 1,2
Final Exam 30 % * * 1,2

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 26/08/2020
Return of Assessment: 03/09/2020
Learning Outcomes: 3,4

Article summaries

Students are required to read the three readings listed below and write summaries following the provided format (the form and the papers are available on the Wattle site).

  • Asano-Cavanagh, Y. (2016). Being ‘indecisive’ in Japanese. Studies in Language. International Journal sponsored by the Foundation “Foundations of Language”, 40(1), 63-92, doi:10.1075/sl.40.1.03asa.
  • Hasegawa, Y. (2012). Deictic and anaphoric uses of the Japanese demonstratives ko-so-a. Journal of Japanese Linguistics, 28, 43-59.
  • Kubozono, H. (2006). Where does loanword prosody come from? Lingua, 116(7), 1140-1170, doi:10.1016/j.lingua.2005.06.010.
  • Okamoto, S. (1997). Social context, linguistic ideology, and indexical expressions in Japanese. Journal of Pragmatics, 28(6), 795-817, doi:10.1016/S0378-2166(97)81491-9.

Students are expected to write more than 2,000 words in total, but should not write more than 3,000 words. A detailed marking rubric is given in Wattle.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 26/10/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5


There are several stages to the writing process, each with requirements and deadlines.

  1. Discussion of possible essay topics in the tutorial in Week 5.
  2. Mini-consultation session with the course convenor about an essay topic on Tuesday 22 September (Week 7). A sign-up Wattle site will be created for this.
  3. A 500-word proposal has to be submitted by 11:55pm on Wednesday 30 September (Week 8). The proposal comprises 5% of the essay mark, and is a hurdle requirement for completing the essay. Failure to submit a proposal without a medical certificate will result in a mark of 0% for the final essay.
  4. Group discussions to improve each other’s drafts of your essays on Thursday at the tutorial (Week 10). For this, each student must submit their draft by 11:55pm on Wednesday 14 October (Week 10) for sharing with their group members and the lecturer. A reasonable first draft means: an essay that is more or less complete—as though it could be submitted as the final version, but will be improved with more polishing. Submission of a reasonable first draft is a hurdle requirement for completing the essay. Failure to submit it without a medical certificate will result in a mark of 0% for the final essay.
  5. Submission of the final version by 11:55pm on Monday 26 October (Week 12). Students are expected to have incorporated the feedback they have received from the group discussion and to have improved the draft submitted at 3. 

A detailed marking rubric is given in Wattle.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 03/09/2020
Return of Assessment: 22/09/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Mid-Term Exam

In-class midterm exam: A 1 hour midterm exam, held during class time on Thursday Week 6.

For exams, students must be available for the duration of the examination period to take the exam. No special arrangements will be made unless a medical certificate is presented.

NOTE: Marks may be subject to moderation for all assessment pieces. This means that the marks obtained throughout the semester may not be identical to the final grade.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Final Exam

Final exam: A 2 hour final exam, held during the examination period.

For exams, students must be available for the duration of the examination period. No special arrangements will be made unless a medical certificate is presented.

NOTE: Marks may be subject to moderation for all assessment pieces. This means that the marks obtained throughout the semester may not be identical to the final grade.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

AsPr Shunichi Ishihara
02 6125 3207

Research Interests

forensic voice/text comparison, computational linguistics, forensic linguistics, natural language processing

AsPr Shunichi Ishihara

Tuesday 11:00 12:00
Tuesday 11:00 12:00
AsPr Shunichi Ishihara

Research Interests

AsPr Shunichi Ishihara

Tuesday 11:00 12:00
Tuesday 11:00 12:00

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions