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JPS3590 - Introduction to Japanese Linguistics

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Assoc Prof Helen Marriott


Not offered in 2007


This unit is an introduction to the linguistic study of Japanese and deals with a number of topics from different areas of language (writing system, sound system, word formation, particles, and other topics).


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Display a basic understanding of the major fields of Japanese linguistics and terminology used within it.
  2. Display a critical understanding of issues in Japanese linguistics.
  3. Undertake an analysis of their own written and spoken language.
  4. Utilize various inquiry techniques.
  5. Write an academic essay on a linguistics topic.


Two essays (1000 and 1500 words each): 50%
Examination (2 hours): 50%
Third-year students will be expected to complete work which reflects a more sophisticated understanding than second-year students.

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week


Japanese 3/4 sequence or equivalent