JPNS 022. Introduction to Japanese Linguistics

(Cross-listed as LING 022 )
This course introduces various aspects of Japanese linguistics, such as Japanese phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and pragmatics. Through obtaining theoretical insights on the structural organization of the Japanese language and examining linguistic data, the course aims to broaden students' knowledge of the structural aspects of the language and to cultivate their ability to analyze linguistic facets of Japanese communicative culture.

In class, we will go over the main concepts and data analyses from weekly readings and discuss relevant data, questions, and counter-examples, while going over study questions and exercises. Students are encouraged to share their own experiences and compare the Japanese linguistic structures and communicative practices with those of English and other languages.

Students who take this class will develop their understanding of the differing layers of the Japanese language by solving concrete linguistic problems, enhance their ability to learn new grammatical structures in the Japanese language by analyzing them linguistically, and receive guidance in producing an objective linguistic analysis of a facet of the Japanese language. 
Readings and discussion will be in English.
Prerequisite: Completion of JPNS 001  or permission of the instructor.
1 credit.
Eligible for ASIA
Spring 2022. Bundschuh.
Spring 2024. Bundschuh.
Catalog chapter: Modern Languages and Literatures: Japanese  
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