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Language and Information Studies

This course of study offers various approaches to language and information studies so that students can grasp the essence of human language based on the language abilities they refine through studying their major language, minor language, and research language subjects. There is enormous research potential in issues related to language and information. Examples include studying the structure and functions of language, attending closely to how language is used, examining language in social and cultural contexts, grasping the dynamic relationships among a number of languages, analyzing language processing using a computer, and considering language education

What students learn in this way will give depth to their understanding of language in general and their ability to use the language in which they major. In the future, some students may engage in such occupations as interpreters, translators, language educators, speech therapists, and IT specialists. The aim of the course of study is not only to train such experts in the narrow sense of the term, but also to produce capable persons strong at language in theory and practice who can play an active role in a wide range of fields.

This course of study allows students to study:

Language structure

Sentence structure, phonetics, phonology, semantics, pragmatics, general linguistics, contrastive linguistics, the study of individual languages, historical linguistics, and others.

Cross-linguistic studies

Comparative linguistics, linguistic typology, contrastive linguistics, generative grammar, and others.

Language, society, and culture

Sociolinguistics, language contact, language policy, language varieties (regional, generation, and gender differences), linguistic variation theory, politeness theory, cross-cultural communication, multilingualism and multiculturalism, cross-cultural contact and adaptation, linguistic and cultural relativism, speech behavior theory, discourse analysis, and others.

Language and psychology

Language and cognition, language comprehension, discourse comprehension, developmental linguistic psychology, first and second language acquisition theory, interlanguage studies, language attrition, bilingualism, linguistic sociopsychology, and others.

Language and education

Language education studies, applied linguistics, language teaching methodology (Japanese, English, French, Korean, others), error analysis, communication studies, development of language teaching materials, curriculum design, language testing, and others.

Language and information

Basics of information processing, theories of natural language information processing, language information sciences, multimedia information sciences, statistics, information literacy, development of multimedia education materials, language educational technology, others.

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