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The diversity of language within Japanese, be it phonetical, lexical, morphological, grammatical and strategical, exist according to the speaker’s gender, age, hometown and type of communication one is engaged in. To ensure successful communication in Japanese, one must learn not only the ‘standard’ language introduced in textbooks so far, but also have knowledge of these variation which is observable in any interaction.
This advanced level Japanese language subject aims to expand students’ horizon on Japanese by introducing varieties of colloquial and dialectal expressions used in Japan, differentiated by their gender, age, region and purpose of communication. It will also give students opportunities to examine different registers in various conversation settings. Students will learn what is considered appropriate in various situations through analysis of naturally occurring communication between friends, family and business associates with different degree of formality through analysing them, then apply the findings in their speaking practise appropriately. Students who complete this subject should have acquired basic knowledge of the diverse range of Japanese language practice to engage in further learning.
Intended learning outcomes
- Be able to understand common varieties in Japanese language caused by gender, age and hometown of the speakers.
- Be able to understand registers of Japanese with varying levels of formality and purposes
- Be able to identify and explain various genre in written communication.
- Be able to apply above knowledge of variation, register and genre to analyse the speaker's intentions within various interactions
- Be able to vary own use of Japanese language to match a limited range of situations
Last updated: 6 December 2019