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Kaoru Ohta
JAPAN 342
Seattle Campus

The Japanese Language

Survey of the nature and structure of the Japanese language, covering genetic and typological affiliations, writing systems, lexicon, and features of Japanese sentence structures. Prerequisite: either JAPAN 311, JAPAN 312, JAPAN 313, JAPAN 334, JAPAN 412, JAPAN 422, or JAPAN 423, which may be taken concurrently.

Class description

This course is a survey of how the Japanese language has shaped into the form currently has and see what changes are being observed. It investigates variation, vocabulary strata, orthography, and recent changes. It also observes grammatical features typically observed in intermediate to advanced Japanese, such as Modality, Voice, Intransitivization, Politeness, and Topic-Comment Structure.

Student learning goals

Grasp historical background of development of the Japanese language

Learn how the language develops and changes

Understand how native speakers of Japanese view toward their language

Acquire the concepts of intermediate to advanced Japanese grammar

General method of instruction

Lecture on the nature of Japanese language, in-class discussion and group work.

Recommended preparation

Completion and passing of 2nd year Japanese or higher

Class assignments and grading

Reading assignments, reading worksheets, interview to native speakers, short summary writings

3 mid-term exams


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Kaoru Ohta
Date: 10/25/2012