JAPN 5620

Variation & Change in Japanese

How and why does language change? Are the ways in which Japanese has changed or is changing unique or are they common across languages? Does the language of pop culture of “now” and “then” reflect cultural or societal changes? What do shifts in meaning tell us about how we think and behave? What does our perception of “self” or “others” have to do with these kinds of changes? In this course, we will address the structural and functional variations of Japanese across space and time and examine the various cultural, psychological and social issues underlying such linguistic diversity.
Japanese MA Off-Campus
Middlebury Off-Campus
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Sections in Fall 2023

Fall 2023, Japanese MA Hybrid

JAPN5620A-F23 Lecture (Abe)