Introduction of the course

Subtitle: Politeness in Japanese

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. In this semester the focus will be placed on “Language behavior: politeness in Japanese”. Topics will include how politeness is expressed in Japan in the cases of self-introductions, compliments, apologies, invitations, disagreements and others.