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Undergraduate Course: Language Communities and Variation in Japanese (ASST10141)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will explore an approach to language variation in Japanese. The overarching theme is understanding what varieties of language structure, style and use are found in modern Japanese language.
Course description Through class activities and hands-on projects students will be exposed to a diverse range of Japanese language practice, and they will critically examine connections among language and social practice. Readings, discussion, and assignments will focus on several important issues such as: the relationship between social identities, like gender or social status, and variation in language use, age-graded and dialectal variation, and the ways in which new literacy practice has been shaped by new media. As a result of this course, students will become more aware of the choices individuals and groups make about how they use language to declare their social identity.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 11, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% coursework:
A. Reaction paper (1,200 words) (20%)
B. Participation (based on reading tasks and Student-led seminar including write-up of presentation) (20%)
C. Essay (3,000 words) (60%)
Feedback Students will receive formative feed-forward, feedback during synchronous and asynchronous sessions. Formal written feed-back for Final written essay via LEARN.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Gain an advanced and sophisticated understanding of colloquial, dialectal, and written variation used in Japanese language communities.
  2. Explain and illustrate with real-life examples the role that language plays in the construction and shaping of social relationships.
  3. Search, process and evaluate a wide range of socially-situated spoken and written discourse from both online and offline multimedia materials and printed resources.
  4. Acquire some techniques for analysis of conversational and written texts.
Reading List
* Crystal, David. 2006. Language and the Internet. Second edition.. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
* Goffman, Erving. 1974. Frame Analysis : An Essay on the Organization of Experience. Harper Colophon Books ; CN 372. New York: Harper & Row.
* Gottlieb, Nanette. 2005. Language and Society in Japan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
* Ide, Sachiko, and Naomi Hanaoka McGloin. 1991. Aspects of Japanese Women's Language. Tokyo: Kurosio.
* Maynard, Senko K.. 1997. Japanese Communication : Language and Thought in Context. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
* Meyerhoff, Miriam. 2011. Introducing Sociolinguistics. Second edition. Abingdon: Routledge.
* Meyerhoff, Miriam, and Erik Schleef. 2010. The Routledge Sociolinguistics Reader. London ; New York, NY: Routledge.
* Strauss, Susan G.. 2014. Discourse Analysis : Putting Our Worlds into Words. New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.
* Tsujimura, Natsuko. 1999. The Handbook of Japanese Linguistics. Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics. Malden, Mass; Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Presentation skills; understanding real-life Japanese language use; acquire search, process and evaluation skills for linguistic-based enquiry
Keywordslanguage variation,language and social identities,real-life spoken/written data analysis
Course organiserDr Yoko Sturt
Tel: (0131 6)50 4228
Course secretaryMiss Hope Hamilton
Tel: (0131 6)50 4167
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