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LL Seminar Japanese Linguistics


Admission requirements

It is useful to have taken the LL Seminar Japanese as a second language conducted in the first semester.


In this course, we will discuss various aspects of Japanese linguistics more or less comprehensively. Topics include phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, historical linguistics, and linguistic fieldwork.

Students will become familiar with basic aspects of linguistics, focusing on the Japanese language in particular. During block III, each week a different (set of) aspect(s) will be taken up, for which students do preparatory reading. The class itself consists of lectures, student-led discussions in small groups, as well as in-class assignments and exercises.

During Block IV, students will complete a research assignment while residing in Japan (the “Japan Project”). Students will write a proposal beforehand, and stay in contact with the teacher during their stay in Japan.

Course objectives

  • To acquire basic knowledge of Japanese Linguistics.

  • To become familiar with basic linguistic terms and concepts

  • To read critically and analytically

  • To develop oral and written skills to analyze certain aspects of the Japanese language.


The timetable is available on the Japanstudies

Mode of instruction


Course Load

  • Total course load: 140 hours (5.0 EC)

  • Contact hours: 18 hours (6 × 3)

  • Preparation for class: 54 hours (6 weeks x ca. 60 pp. reading + assignments = 9)

  • Writing fieldwork proposal & discussion preparation: 20 hours

  • Fieldwork & writing fieldwork report: 48 hours

Assessment method

  • Participation: 40% (participation, leading discussion, in-class assignments)

  • Fieldwork proposal 20% (ca. 1,000 words)

  • Fieldwork report 40% (2,000-2,500 words)


The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average


Resit will be composed of similar sub-tests (ie a combination of written assignments, a review of the work and an exam).


Blackboard will be used for all relevant information relating to the college, including course content, assignments, literature and links. All students must log in to Blackboard.

Reading list

The following textbook will be used. The students have to purchase either the paperback version or the e-book version prior to the beginning of the course.

Tsujimura, Natsuko. 2014. An introduction to Japanese Linguistics. Third Edition. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


M.J. van Berlo MA