7241003 Linguistics

Numbering Code U-LET29 17241 SJ37 Year/Term 2021 ・ First semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Seminar
Target Year Target Student
Language Japanese Day/Period Fri.3
Instructor name SADANOBU TOSHIYUKI (Graduate School of Letters Professor)
TIDA Syuntaro (Graduate School of Letters Professor)
CATT, Adam Alvah (Graduate School of Letters Associate Professor)
OTAKE MASAMI (Graduate School of Letters Senior Lecturer)
Outline and Purpose of the Course In this seminar, we will conduct a close reading of Edward Sapir's Language, which has continued to be widely read since it was published in 1921. This book, which takes up diverse languages and language phenomena, and also includes profound examinations of language in general, still has a great deal of content that should be tackled head-on by those planning to research language, even nearly 100 years after it was first published. On the other hand, although it was written for a general audience, it does occasionally get obscure; accurately understanding this book will require knowledge beyond interpreting English texts. In this seminar, we will read Language, while also referencing multiple translations, including three Japanese editions, other papers by Sapir, and other related materials.
Course Goals Be able to examine language in general based on sound knowledge of many individual languages.
Schedule and Contents At each class session, students will work in pairs of one undergraduate and one graduate student, using a handout to explain the part of the text they have been assigned and discuss problem topics. This year, all classes will be led by Shuntaro Chida.

Week 1: Introduction of Materials, Class Procedures
Week 2: Preface
Weeks 3-5: Chapter 1
Weeks 6-7: Chapter 2
Weeks 8-9: Chapter 3
Weeks 10-12: Chapter 4
Weeks 13-15: Chapter 5
Evaluation Methods and Policy Sum of the following: (1) presentations in class (30%), (2) active participation in discussions (10%), (3) final report (60%).
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Look over the material in advance, including sections not assigned to you, and resolve sections you don't understand through discussion or asking questions in class.
Textbooks Textbooks/References E. Sapir 『Language』 (Harcourt Brace) ISBN:0-15-648233-9
References, etc. Will be presented in class