2020 Linguistics E

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Yamamoto Hilofumi 
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Course description and aims

This course will provide lectures and exercises focusing on the word order of the world language and syntactic functions of the communication.
The course will deal with issues in linguistic theory, generative transformation grammar, cognitive linguistics, and applied linguistics that could not be dealt with.
Based on the current situations and conditions of language use, we will discuss the language acquisition, situational and functional use of language, the practical language teaching methods, and the analyses of language skills as well.
Through these lectures and exercises, we will cultivate the insight and consideration of the language as scientific and engineering aspects.

Student learning outcomes

Find current linguistics problems, improvement of research methods, and future linguistics direction.


Creation of a new academic domain, language, and computation, language quantization, relationship between language and mathematics/physics

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.
Interview the exam questions by oral exam and fail if they can not answer.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 How to proceed to the class, explanation of the final task Wittgenstein and language game Chi-square test for word frequency analysis. Choose the theme of language analysis assignment that matches your interest, and make the research question.
Class 2 Prescriptive grammar and descriptive grammar Learn about the differences between prescriptive and descriptive grammar, and choose one of the topics which are not uncovered.
Class 3 Principle of language generation and its calculation Consider the connections between generative grammar theory and language processing theory.
Class 4 Mathematical Linguistics Consider the similarities between mathematical linguistics and natural language processing and their respective goals.
Class 5 Unsolved linguistic problems Think about linguistically unresolved issues and treat it as the subject of writing a paper.
Class 6 Philosophy for language research Think about language and philosophy.
Class 7 Conference, examination, and summary and the methods of final paper submission Create a test question and consider whether it holds as a question. Create a dissertation based on the comments and questions of the presentation. Poster presentation according to the research theme.           

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Linguistics For Dummies®
Published by John Wiley and Sons Canada, Ltd.
6045 Freemont Blvd. Mississauga, Ontario, L5R 4J3

Reference books, course materials, etc.

We distribute task sheets in PDF every time and ask you for a mobile terminal or PC.

Assessment criteria and methods

You must attend all of the lectures.
Each task and submission of the final examination and essays are mandatory and should be evaluated according to the content.
It is desirable to have taken any of the credits of Linguistics A, B, C.

Related courses

  • LAH.T109 : Linguistics A
  • LAH.T210 : Linguistics B
  • LAH.T309 : Linguistics C
  • LAH.A411 : Linguistics D
  • LAH.H109 : Special Lecture : Language and Culture

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

English discussion is required.
It is desirable to have taken Linguistics A, B, and C.
All assignments/submissions such as attendance, poster presentation, discussion, preparation of examination questions which you must create properly are mandatory.
The final examination is an oral examination.
If you can not 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.


Bring your personal mobile terminals such as an iPhone, iPad, or Android mobiles.

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