|Lecturer||Yoshihiko ASAO, Lecturer|
|Department||School of Letters / Graduate School of Letters, 2015 Spring|
|Recommended for:||School of Letters, 2nd year students or more Others, 3rd year students or more NUPACE students (2・1.5hours / session One session / week 15 weeks / semester)|
Our course loosely follows the structure of the textbook, An Introduction to Sociolinguistics. You should read the textbook chapters by the date indicated in the schedule.
The first half of the course is more about macro-level phenomena, such as multilingual societies, dialects, and language change. The second half of the course is more about micro-level issues, i.e. how people behave in each communication setting, although these two aspects of language are closely related.
As a G30 class where Japanese and international students work together, class topics are taken from both English and Japanese so that students with different backgrounds can find their own familiar examples. Students are also encouraged to discuss cultural differences in class. Besides, because the course has a broad coverage, we not just overviews the field, but also invites guest speakers so that students can see how research is conducted in reality in a variety of subfields.
The goal of this course is to learn the basics of sociolinguistics, with an emphasis on sociolinguistic issues in Japan and/or the Japanese language. It aims to better understand the linguistic diversity of the world and its relation to society and culture. Some illustrative questions we will address in class are below:
Copies are available at the NU co-op or online stores.
The schedule is subject to minor changes; check the website to see updates.
|Apr 20||Multilingualism and diglossia||Ch 1, 2|
|Apr 27||Guest talk 1: Masahiro YAMADA (Kyoto U)
Documentation and revitalization of endangered languages
|May 11||Birth and death of languages||Ch 3, 4|
|May 18||Dialects||Quiz 1, Ch 6|
|May 25||Language variation in age, social class and ethnicity|
|Jun 1||Language change||Ch 9|
|Jun 8||Gender||Ch 7, 12|
|Jun 15||Speech act and maxims of conversation||Quiz 2|
|Jun 22||Speech style and politeness||Ch 10, 11|
|Jun 29||How discourse is organized||Ch 14|
|Jul 6||Guest talk 2 (details TBA)|
|Jul 13||Language and culture||Quiz 3, Ch 13|
|(Jul 20)||(Holiday - Marine Day)|
|Jul 27||(backup day)|
|Aug 3||(backup day)||Final project due|
April 29, 2020