JPNB23 Topics in Japanese Linguistics

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Teacher(s)
Mgr. Jiří Matela, M.A., Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Jiří Matela, M.A., Ph.D.
Department of Japanese Studies - Asia Studies Centre - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Japanese Studies - Asia Studies Centre - Faculty of Arts
Prerequisites
JPN221 Japanese language IV - Theory && JPN222 Japanese language IV-Practice
Courses JPN221 and JPN222
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to develop skills in interpretation of Japanese linguistic texts, while using the knowledge of Japanese language acquired in practical language courses. Students are introduced to the socio-historical backgrounds of modern Japanese linguistics, learn about specific methods of research and through linguistic texts meet the diversity of Japanese linguistic discourse regarding specific linguistic topics.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course students will be able to:
define selected phenomena of the Japanese language;
explain selected phenomena of the Japanese language with respect to both synchronic and diachronic point of view;
apply his previous knowledge in metalinguistic approach to modern Japanese;
distinguish the Japanese linguistics and some specifics of the Japanese language;
formulate basic ideas about the relation between the system of language and culture;
judge the extent of applicability of general linguistic theories to a description of Japanese language.
Syllabus
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Kokugogaku vs. Nihongogaku vs. Nihongo gengogaku
  • 3. Nihon vs. Nippon (reading characters vs. reading words)
  • 4. Table of 50 sounds (phonological evolution of the Japanese language)
  • 5. The problem of subject in Japanese (typological classification of Japanese)
  • 6. Reading and interpretation of linguistic texts regarding the problem of subject (I)
  • 7. Reading and interpretation of linguistic texts regarding the problem of subject (II)
  • 8. Reading and interpretation of linguistic texts regarding the problem of subject (III)
  • 9. Problem of the concept of chinjutsu (predication, modality and the essence of a sentence in Japanese)
  • 10. Reading and interpretation of linguistic texts regarding the problem of chinjutsu (I)
  • 11. Reading and interpretation of linguistic texts regarding the problem of chinjutsu (II)
  • 12. Tako vs. ika (introduction to the Japanese dialects)
Literature
    recommended literature
  • SEIDŽI, Koike. Úvod do gramatiky moderní japonštiny. V Tribunu EU vyd. 1. Brno: Tribun EU, 2010. 237 s. ISBN 9788073990503. info
  • WATANABE, Minoru. O podstatě japonského jazyka. Translated by Zdeňka Švarcová. 1. vydání. Praha: Karolinum, 2000. 228 stran. ISBN 9788024600581. info
    not specified
  • Gendai nihongo tankyūhō. Koike, S. Tokyo, Asakura shoten, 2001
  • Nihongogaku kīwādo jiten. Koike, S. a kol. Tokyo, Asakura shoten, 1997
  • Nihongo wa donna gengo ka. Koike, S. Tokyo, Chikuma shinsho, 1994
Teaching methods
Lecture with discussions on the selected topic. The base of the class is students' knowledge of Japanese language, as well as other languages; reaging and interpretation of selected linguistic texts.
Assessment methods
Final paper on a specified topic. Attendance of at least 70 % of classes is required.
Language of instruction
Czech
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.

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