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 or JAPAN 334, which may be taken concurrently.
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.
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