2021 Linguistics D

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Yamamoto Hilofumi 
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Course description and aims

This class is one of the liberal arts courses in the 400 level of the master's program.
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 the poster presentation of other students.
Submit the contents of the poster presentation as a report.
Create exam questions from textbooks and submit them.
You will be asked for an interview examination and fail if you cannot answer.
Discussion is mandatory in this class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 How to proceed to the class and submit for the final task. Is a subject necessary for language? Choose the theme of language analysis assignment that matches your interest, and make the research question.
Class 2 Is a word order really needed for the language? In the same language, give examples of language transformation depending on people, regions, and times.
Class 3 Set language description criteria to "understandable." Give examples for things that are common and changing across time and space in language.
Class 4 Is language static or dynamic? Discuss what you can cite as a theory to learn language.
Class 5 Is a thought first or a language first? Describe the interface and difference between psychology and linguistics.
Class 6 Categorizing and naming objects Does a language exist for messages, or something else? Describe what linguistics can contribute to other sciences.
Class 7 Conference, Examination, Summary, and the methods of final paper submission Make a research presentation on the theme you set for the first time. Write a research paper based on comments and questions on your research presentation.

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 & Sons Canada, Ltd.
6045 Freemont Blvd. Mississauga, Ontario, L5R 4J3

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.
Discussion is mandatory in this class.
Each task, final exam, and essay are required.
If the assignments and final reports for each session are insufficient, the course may not be passed.

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.


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