Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2024Year School/Graduate School Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (Master's Course) Division of Educational Sciences Teaching Japanese as a Second Language Program
Lecture Code WND08000 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 対照言語学特講
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Contrastive Linguistics
ニシナ ヨウコ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  First Semester,  2Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (2T) Weds1-4:EDU A103
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Lecture, Discussion 
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction B : Japanese/English
Course Level 5 : Graduate Basic
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 06 : Linguistics
Eligible Students
Keywords General Linguistics, Linguistic Typology, Language Universals, Language Description, Functional Typology 
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Class Status
within Educational
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Criterion referenced
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Class Objectives
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The course provides a general overview on languages of the world including Japanese based upon the theory of linguistic typology and language universals. Furthermore, the language comparison will be carried out from the perspective of functional typology.  
Class Schedule 1. Organization, Seminar plan
2.  Introduction
3. Language typology
4. Contrastive linguistics
5. Linguistic analyses 1
6. Linguistic analyses 2
7. Phonology and Grammar
8. Construction grammar
9. How to read linguistic articles
10. How to read linguistic articles
11. Fieldwork
12. Fieldwork
13. Project work
14. Project work
15. Discussion

Assignments, Termpaper  
Comrie, B. (1987). The world’s major languages. London, Croom Helm.
Lyovin, A. V. (1997). An introduction to the languages of the world. Oxford, Oxford Univ. Press.
At the beginning of the class the necessary literature and references will be provided, during the class additional texts will be included.  
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Preparation and
Students should read the assigned texts and articles in advance. Further work outside of class may include following activities: annotating, summarizing, brainstorming, systematic questioning, outlining own thoughts, drafting, revising.  
Grading Method Assignments, Discussion, Term paper
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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