East Asian Languages and Cultures | Japanese Language and Society
E270 | 26230 | Kuriyama, K.

3 credits
This class open to undergraduates only
This class carries culture studies and COLL A&H distribution credit

This course will examine the relationship between the Japanese
language and Japanese society and culture. We will examine this
relationship by exploring a number of questions such as: Why are the
concepts of "in-group" and "out-group" so important in the Japanese
language? How and to what extent has Japanese been influenced by
English? Why do Japanese men and women speak differently? What is
the role of silence in Japanese communication?  Why do Japanese
people use honorific and humble expressions? To help students
develop an understanding of the intimate relationship between
language and society in general, they will be asked to reflect on
their own languages and societies as they consider the Japanese
case. Students will not only read text books and articles on a range
of topics but also view films and TV programs. Requirements include
three short exercises (1-2 pages), a midterm exam, a final exam, and
a final paper (suggestions for paper topics will be provided).
Knowledge of Japanese is not required.