Updated  8/23/11


Semester: FALL 2011
Class, section & code:  JAPANESE LINGUISTICS (JPN 110-01)  40565
Units/ Contact hours: 3/ 45 hours
Instructor: Dr. Shimazu, Department of World Languages & LiteraturesSJSU
Days & Time Taught (Room):  T R, 1:30-2:45p (BBC 128)
Office hours:  TWR, 10:30-11:45a  and by appointment.
Office: Clark Bldg 410P,  phone 408-924-4625
Email: ymshimazu@gmail.com
Website: http://sjsu.edu/faculty/y.shimazu

This course will provide an overview of the grammatical properties of the Japanese language.  The class will examine Japanese phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax.  The class is intended for students, studying Japanese and/or linguistics, who would like to increase their understanding of the Japanese language.

At the end of the semester, the student should be able to:  be aware of phonological and structural features of the Japanese language, and have a clear understanding of the language.


    a)  Tsujimura, N. (2007).   An introduction to Japanese linguistics,  Cambridge, MA: Blackwell.
    b)  handouts prepared by the instructor.

    a)  Find information on Japan, http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/japanese.html,
http://www.stonebridge.com (books, dictionaries),  http://www.japan-guide.com, etc.
    b)  Kuno, S. (1973). The structure of the Japanese language. MA: The MIT Press.

1.     Do the reading assignments (textbook and handouts).
2.     Take quizzes, 1 midterm exam, and  1 final exam.
3.     ATTEND CLASS regularly (T & R 1:30-2:45 p.m.).  Attendance rate of 80% or higher expected.  
      *Assignment due dates may be subject to change with fair notice.

1.  Quizzes......................................................................................30%
2.  Final exam (Wednesday, 12/14/11, 12:15-2:30p)....................50%
3.  Participation & Homework....................................................... 20%
4.  Student presentation of his or her interest ........................... extra credit
GRADING SCALE   A 95-100%  A- 90-94%   B+ 85-89%  B 80-84%  B- 75-79%  C+ 70-74%  C 65-69%  C- 60-64%  D+ 55-59%  D 50-54%  D- 45-49%  F Below 45%

1.  For each class,  the instructor will lecture (40-50 minutes), then the class will discuss (10-20 minutes) the topic(s) pertaining to the lecture.      
2.  In class, the instructor will not present each and every part of the textbook.  He will only present the important and relevant portions of Japanese linguistics from the textbook. Thus, you must do the assigned readings strictly and diligently for each class.
3.  The student presentations may be done in order to increase the effectiveness of what we have studied in class
(if time permits).

Preparation and review at home (reading) and participation in class discussion are essential to learn what is presented in the course.  It is most important that you come to class regularly and participate in all class activities.  Please also be on time for class.
  The quizzes, the midterm exam, and the final exam will test comprehension of material in the textbook covered in the class sessions, class handouts, and lectures. If you miss a quiz, you will receive a zero (0) point for the quiz.  If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to find out what was covered during the class. You are responsible for all material presented during the course.  Special care, however, will be given to students with disabilities. No foods (bottled water OK), no chewing gum, no cell phones, no iPod, iPhone, iPad, and no Anime/manga in the classroom.

SJSU Policy requires that all courses hold a final examination (or final project) during the final examination period. There are no exceptions to this without the approval of both the Chair of the Department and the Dean of the College. Exceptions are rarely granted except in the most extreme circumstances.

Students are not permitted to use old tests, quizzes when preparing for exams. Violations to the Academic Integrity Policy undermine the educational process and will not be tolerated.  It also demonstrates a lack of respect for oneself, fellow students, and the course instructor and can ruin the university's reputation and the value of the degrees it offers.  Violators of the Academic Integrity Policy will be subject to failing this course and being reported to the Office of Judicial Affairs for disciplinary action which could result in suspension or expulsion from San Jose State University (see http://www2.sjsu.edu/senate/S05-14.htm).

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours.  Presidential Directive 97-03 requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with DRC to establish a record of their disability.

Individuals who need extra help, feel free to see me. Questions are always welcome! 


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