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College Catalog 2011-2012 
College Catalog 2011-2012 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

LING 335 - Analyzing Japanese Language

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Our perception is greatly influenced by the language we use. Without knowing, we limit ourselves to thinking that our current perspective is the only way by which to view ourselves and the world. By analyzing Japanese, students can experience perceptual and cultural systems that are different from their own. At the same time, students may also discover that there are certain qualities that are common even in “exotic” languages such as Japanese. What is the difference between subject and topic? (The “topic marker,” which is not used in English, is prominent in Japanese.) Why can’t you translate “he is cold” word for word into Japanese? How do women talk differently from men? In what kind of situation should we use honorific language? What is “in-group” as opposed to “out-group” and how is that societal distinction reflected in language? This course offers answers to these questions that students of Japanese commonly have.  Alternate years. Prerequisite(s): JAPA 204 , or permission of instructor (4 Credits)