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

This course serves as an introduction to the field of Japanese linguistics, covering a wide range of linguistic topics of the language from phonetics and phonology through to syntax and pragmatics. Various linguistic data of the language will be presented in the course in order for students to understand the unique linguistic properties of Japanese, and also to examine how they are linguistically accounted for. The students will learn how to carry out a literature review in linguistics and be critical towards previous studies. This course consolidates and advances students' understanding of the principles of language analysis and linguistic theory based on the data from Japanese language. This course will also provide a conceptual structure which will complement the learning of the language. Students are expected to demonstrate that they can appropriately apply their acquired skills and knowledge to actual linguistic data for their own original research, and then that they can provide an in-depth analysis of the data. 

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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Article summary (2000 words) (20) [LO 3,4]
  2. Essay (2500 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. In-class mid term exam (20) [LO 1,2]
  4. Final exam (20) [LO 1,2]

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130 hours in total including in class time and independent study.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have previously completed LING6001. Incompatible with LING2028.

Prescribed Texts

Course materials will be available on Wattle. 


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6.00 0.12500
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