Division of Department of Japanese Studies Department of Japanese Linguistics
We study the ever-changing Japanese language, from the past to the present
Japanese linguistics studies forms of the Japanese language in various time periods, as well as changes the language has undergone from past to present. Its research subject is not limited to modern standard Japanese; dialects are also included. Furthermore, in accordance with the structure of language, the field is divided into subfields that focus on the system of sounds, vocabulary, grammar, syntax, writing systems, language behavior, and other aspects of language, which are studied both theoretically and empirically. The latest linguistic theories are often applied in research on modern Japanese. Dialect studies rely on surveys and other types of fieldwork, and phonetic studies employ computer analysis and phonetic experiments as important research tools. Regardless of the chosen topic, when you study Japanese as a native speaker, it is important to use effectively the enormous amount of materials available to you and to sharpen your sense of language. In fact, many foreigners are interested in our research, and about a dozen exchange students from various countries enroll in our department every year.
The majority of our graduates continue to work in research and education, but many of them also find positions connected to their specialty in broadcasting and publishing, in government offices, and in the private sector.