Division of Department of Global Humanities Department of English Linguistics
The English language through the lens of modern linguistics
To specialize in English linguistics means to study various aspects of the English language within the framework of modern linguistics. Sub-areas of the discipline describe the structure of language on different levels: syntax explores mechanisms of sentence formation; phonology studies the systematic organization of sounds; semantics is concerned with the meanings of words and sentences. Pragmatics focuses on the ways English is used in real communicative acts, and functional linguistics addresses the role the language plays in information transmission. In addition, English linguistics becomes an irreplaceable tool in other areas of research and education, including contrastive studies of English and Japanese, teaching English as a foreign language, the acquisition of first and second languages, brain and cognitive sciences, among others.
High English proficiency is an absolute requirement for a researcher in English linguistics. In addition to courses in linguistics, we provide classes on advanced translation and courses in academic English writing taught by native speakers in order to improve our students' reading, writing, and speaking skills. In recent years, more and more students have been participating in various exchange programs to improve their English. A range of opportunities are available to specialists in English linguistics: our former students become teachers and civil servants, work in mass communications, in the private sector, and in other jobs. Furthermore, every year some of the students enter graduate school to pursue advanced research.