2019 Linguistics D

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Yamamoto Hilofumi 
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Course description and aims

This class aims to try to find the answers for solving the examples in everyday language use.
Learn about the beginning of the analysis method of language.

Student learning outcomes

The goal of this class is to understand the relationship between language and society or yourself.
1. By writing a report, you learn how to explain the language.
2. Through discussions, we eliminate prejudice of my language.
3. By creating questions for an oral examination, you will find problems lying in the field of linguistics.


language, society, use, competence, performance, communication, the methods of analyses

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

We will divide students into small groups and progress with exercise questions.
Analyze languages according to themes decided by themselves, and perform poster presentations.
Also, comment on poster presentation of other students.
Submit the contents of the poster presentation as a report.
Create exam questions from textbooks and submit.
You will be asked for an interview examination and fail if you cannot answer.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 How to proceed to the class, explanation of the final task. Choose the theme of language analysis assignment that matches your interest, and make the research question.
Class 2 Sociolinguistics In the same language, give examples of language transformation depending on people, regions, and times.
Class 3 Diachronic Linguistics and Synchronic Linguistics Give examples for things that are common and changing across time and space in language.
Class 4 Theory of Second Language Acquisition Discuss what you can cite as a theory to learn language.
Class 5 Cognitive psychology and linguistics Describe the interface and difference between psychology and linguistics.
Class 6 Linguistics and Related Science Describe what linguistics can contribute to other sciences.
Class 7 Conference and Examination Make a research presentation on the theme you set for the first time.
Class 8 Summary and the methods of final paper submission Write a research paper based on comments and questions on your research presentation.


Linguistics For Dummies®
Published by John Wiley & Sons Canada, Ltd.
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Reference books, course materials, etc.

An Introduction to Language
Victoria Fromkin, Robert Rodman and Nina Hyams

Assessment criteria and methods

In principle, students must attend all classes.
Actively participate in discussions.
Each task, final exam, and essay are required.

Related courses

  • LAH.T109 : Linguistics A
  • LAH.T210 : Linguistics B
  • LAH.T309 : Linguistics C
  • LAH.A551 : Linguistics E

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

English discussion is required.
Linguistics It is desirable to have taken A, B, C.
It is desirable to have some basic knowledge of Japanese.
You cannot attend if there is a possibility of absence.
All assignments/submissions such as attendance, poster presentation, discussion, preparation of examination questions which you must create properly are mandatory.
The final examination is oral.
If you cannot answer the exam questions, even if you submit all of the assignments, you will fail, so be careful.
Students who are not motivated to discuss during class are rejected on the spot or canceled.
Students who are not good at discussions are not suitable for this lesson, so I recommend other subjects.


Teachers will make the best effort to provide students meaningful lectures each time.

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