• 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 UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Toshiyuki Nakamura
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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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.  

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of major linguistic and socio-cultural issues relevant to the Japanese language, and demonstrate an ability to discuss them rigorously.
  2. Analyse and discuss chosen specific aspects of Japanese linguistics, in an academic essay.
  3. Research and construct a short, correctly referenced bibliography on a chosen topic in Japanese linguistics. Write a critical annotation on one paper from the bibliography.
  4. Apply the acquired knowledge and skills to one's own learning of Japanese language.  
  5. Write a critical annotation on one paper from the bibliography.

Other Information

This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.

Indicative Assessment

  1. In class mid term exam (20) [LO 1,2,4]
  2. Final exam (30) [LO 1,2,4]
  3. Essay (2000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  4. Article summary (1500 words) (20) [LO 3,4,5]

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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have previously completed LING1001 or LING2001. Incompatible with JPNS6007 Japanese Linguistics.

Prescribed Texts

Course materials will be available on Wattle. 




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8700 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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