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ASST 284.07 Japanese Linguistics in Kyoto Seminar: History and Culture of Japan 6 credits

Open: Size: 25, Registered: 0, Waitlist: 0

Synonym: 63926

Mike J Flynn

This course is an introduction to several aspects of Japanese society, taking advantage of the location of the Linguistics OCS seminar in Kyoto. It consists of readings and lectures about important events in historical and contemporary Japan, and will include visits to sites that illuminate those events in important ways. In addition to Kyoto and nearby places, there will be excursions to Tokyo and Hiroshima. 

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LING 285.07 Japanese Linguistics in Kyoto Seminar: The Linguistics of the Japanese Writing System 6 credits

Open: Size: 25, Registered: 0, Waitlist: 0

Synonym: 63924

Mike J Flynn

The Japanese writing system is often said to be the most complicated in the world, even as Japan has among the very highest literacy rates. In this course, we will closely examine this extraordinary aspect of Japanese society, including its history, relationship with the spoken language, psychological processing, and neural implementation. Finally, we will examine the controversy concerning the use of Kanji, its political ramifications, and look at how the Japanese are responding to various pressures on the system. Experience with Japanese is not necessary.

Prerequisite: 100-level Linguistics course

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LING 286.07 Japanese Linguistics in Kyoto Seminar: The Structure of Japanese 6 credits

Open: Size: 25, Registered: 0, Waitlist: 0

Synonym: 63925

Mike J Flynn

This course examines the nature of the Japanese language through the lens of contemporary linguistic theory. Topics include the history of the language, its sound structure, word formation operations, syntax, and its use in social and artistic contexts. This course is not intended to teach students to speak Japanese, and while experience with Japanese would be helpful, it is not necessary.

Prerequisite: 100-level Linguistics course

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