2021 Linguistics B

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Yamamoto Hilofumi  Sato Reiko  Morita Junko 
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Mon1-2(S321)  Thr1-2(S321)  
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Course description and aims

This course examines areas related to syntax and semantics in linguistics, and pedagogical areas in applied linguistics by solving specific problems related to grammatical examples. This course also introduces research methods. We will discuss some issues relating to them in your group.
The literature documents, figures, sound sources, and video materials relating to the above will be introduced to explore your linguistic insights.

Student learning outcomes

Students will be able to realize how efficiently languages are composed by thinking about exercise problems through discussions.


syntax, semantics, history of linguistics, quantitative analysis, applied linguistics, pedagogical linguistics

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The class is divided into small groups and the students try to find proper answers through discussion.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidelines for taking this course; Linguistic competence We will discuss what language and linguistic competence are.
Class 2 Wittgenstein and Language Game Discussing the relationships between linguistics and philosophy.
Class 3 Second language acquisition 1: language aptitude Discussing the second language learning and aptitude.
Class 4 Turing and Turing Machine Discussing the similarities between language and mathematics.
Class 5 Second language acquisition 2: language and memory Discussing the second language learning and phenomena of memory.
Class 6 Zipf and Zipf's law Discussing quantitative stuctures and phenomena of language.
Class 7 Japanese language education 1: Overview of Japanese language education Discussing the history and policy of Japanese language education.
Class 8 Daniel Jones's Eighteen Basic Vowels Pronouncing eighteen basic vowels according to the vowel chart, watching Jones's video.
Class 9 Japanese language education 2: Japanese language pedagogy Discussing how to learn Japanese as a foreign language.
Class 10 De Saussure and Semiotics Discussing the differences between semantics and semiotics.
Class 11 Japanese language education 3: Japanese language pedagogy Discussing how to teach Japanese as a foreign language.
Class 12 Fillmore and Case grammar Discussions for poster presentation Discuss the case grammar and compare it with various language. Discussing the proper methods of linguistics presentation with other students.
Class 13 Poster presentation 1 Writing some comments and questions to presenters.
Class 14 Poster presentation 2 Feedback of poster sessions. Writing some comments and questions to presenters. Making a final version of the poster.

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.


[nyumon] kotoba no sekai (the world of language) Seda, Hosaka, Tonoike, and Nakajima, eds

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Yokuwakaru shakai gengogaku (Ah gotcha, Socio-linguistics) Harumi Tanaka, and Sachiko Tanaka eds, Minaruba shobo.
Or otherwise we will recommend some readings in our class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Participations of all classes, assignments, poster presentations, and comment submissions are all requirements. Based on your poster presentation and report we add some considerations.
If the assignments for each session and final report are insufficient, the course may not be passed.

Related courses

  • LAH.T109 : Linguistics A
  • LAH.T309 : Linguistics C
  • LAH.H109 : Special Lecture : Language and Culture
  • LAH.A411 : Linguistics D
  • LAH.A551 : Linguistics E

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

No prerequisite, but it is desirable that you have ever taken ' Special Lecture : Language and Culture', 'Linguistics A'.

Office hours

Wednesday 13:20~14:50


We will ask you to answer some questions in the class. Please bring your internet reachable mobile device such as iPhone, iPad, or Android terminal. Because of many participants we will distribute materials in the form of pdf. Mobile device which has a larger display will be favorable. Thank you.

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