Subtitle: Japanese language varieties

This course aims to introduce students to the field of sociolinguistics and the fundamental features of Japanese sociolinguistics. Course contents are designed to provide students basic knowledge about how Japanese language is used in the society and to develop their ability and confidence to interact with Japanese native speakers. The focus of this course will be placed on Japanese language varieties. Topics will include language varieties related to age, gender, geographical regions and context. In addition, the use of onomatopoeia, loanwords, kinship terms and proper names in contemporary Japanese society will also be discussed.