Japanese Sociolinguistics

Subject 110-233 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: 110-188 Japanese 3A
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Dr J Ohashi
Subject Overview:

This subject explores key topics in sociolinguistics in Japanese contexts, including language variation, language change, language policy, group-specific language, and social norms and agency. It aims to underpin students' understanding of variation of Japanese language use in questioning why people use a certain expression and for what reasons. Students are expected to contribute to the subject with their experiences in their familiar languages and societies.

Assessment: Written/oral work totalling 2000 words 50% (due throughout the semester) and a final examination 50% (due during the examination period).
Prescribed Texts: Prescribed Texts:Materials supplied by the Asia Institute.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • written communication through essay writing and seminar discussion;

  • attention to detail through essay preparation and writing;

  • time management and planning through managing and organising workloads for recommended reading, essay and assignment completion;

  • public speaking through tutorial and seminar discussion and class presentations.


Available only at level two for post-VCE stream Japanese students and at level three for beginners stream Japanese students.

Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (Japanese)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Japanese)

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