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Linguistics and Japanese - University of Manchester

This course will introduce you to the study of the unique human faculty of language and to the investigation of the world's languages. You will explore a number of fascinating topics such as the ways in which dialects differ, how languages arise, change and die, how children acquire their first language, differences between the speech of men and women, how we communicate as individuals and within groups, and what happens when speakers of different languages come into contact. You will also discover how language can be used to shape and manipulate ideas and opinions, looking in detail at how language and thought interact in fields such as politics and advertising. In addition, you will practise key transferable skills, such as essay writing and how to give a presentation. We aim to provide students with a firm grounding in the Japanese language along with understandings of Japan in historical, cultural, social and global contexts. Students will be studying Japanese throughout the course. The core language teaching enables students to develop various linguistic skills: speaking and writing accurately; understanding and analysing audio, video and written materials; using different registers; speaking to a group with confidence; and translating with appropriate sensitivity. Students follow a Japanese Studies curriculum through which they will learn about Japan-related topics in historical, linguistic, cultural, religious and other contexts, drawing on the wide range of research carried out by staff in Japanese Studies. The course centres around a core framework in year 1 but some choice of modules from year 2 onwards will enable students to focus on particular areas of interest in the study of Japan and East Asia. Applicants should be aware that learning Japanese is very intensive and that a great deal of time is required for this throughout the course (extending through the summer period between years one and two, particularly for beginners). The first few weeks may be particularly intensive for those who have not encountered Japanese script and we strongly advise all applicants to ensure that they have learned at least the hiragana script prior to Week One of teaching; guidance on materials to help with this can be obtained from the language tutors. **Aims** It is probably true to say that you will be doing more hours of study than many other students but if you put in the work your achievements will be correspondingly high. If you are concerned that Japanese is not the same as European languages in terms of workload then you should probably not be considering this course. If you are planning to work part-time you must ensure that you are able to put in sufficient study hours. Hard work is essential for learning Japanese - especially the written language - but doing so is an extraordinarily rewarding experience that opens numerous doors and produces very high levels of satisfaction. **Special Features** Japanese Studies is taught by a diverse team of academic specialists. Our degrees give you the opportunity either to build on existing knowledge of the language, or to study it as a beginner In Linguistics, we offer a virtually unique breadth of subject areas and theoretical approaches. We have expertise in a wide range of languages and language families including Romance languages, Germanic languages, languages of the Near East (e.g. Arabic and Hebrew), Iranian languages, the indigenous languages of Australia, Central and South America, languages of South Asia and Romani. Particular strengths in the discipline include the linguistics of English (both synchronic and diachronic), endangered languages and field linguistics, phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, typology, language contact and sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, semantics and pragmatics, corpus and child language acquisition.

  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)
  • Study mode
    Full-time
  • Duration
    4 years
  • Start date
    2020-09-21
  • Location
    Main Site,ManchesterUnited Kingdom
  • Fees & Finances
  • EU Year 1 £9,250
  • England Year 1 £9,250
  • Northern Ireland Year 1 £9,250
  • Scotland Year 1 £9,250
  • Wales Year 1 £9,250
  • Channel Islands Year 1 £9,250
  • International Year 1 £18,500