Subject Synopses (Doctorate Course)

Requirements for successful completion of the Doctoral Course include earning 8 Independent Study credits in addition to receiving guidance in the preparation of the dissertation. Eligible courses are listed below. Students are encouraged to take courses with professors, not only their appointed supervisor, and to engage in joint research projects with faculty members

Independent Study in Comparative Linguistic and Cultural Exchange


Based on and developed from master course subjects such as Comparative Studies in Language and Culture, Linguistic and Cultural Exchange, and Linguistic and Cultural Changes, Policies in Language and Culture, this course comparatively examines the various diachronic and synchronic aspects of language and culture that all countries, ethnic groups, and regions share. Along with investigating mutual common points and points of difference, we study the history of linguistic and cultural exchange between Japan and foreign countries, multilingualism and cultural transformation that resulted from contact with foreign languages and cultures, and the state of linguistic and cultural policies in the era of globalization. It also aims to deepen viewpoints for deciphering the linguistic and cultural situation of the world from both micro and macro perspectives.

Independent Study in Systems of Language and Culture


Based on and developed from master course subjects such as Systems of Language and Culture, Theory of Language and Culture, Methodology of Cultural Analysis, and Formation of Public Culture, this course comprehensively and systematically investigates the integral relationship between language and culture and various related elements as a linguistic and cultural system. Specifically, it aims to study various theories on the correlation between language, culture, and society, to analyze codes and representational systems that reflect linguistic structure, and to study the ideas and community awareness of various linguistic and cultural groups. Through these investigations, we can gain perspectives for perceiving individual cultural phenomena and cultural groups in a more systematic framework.

Independent Study in Contemporary Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies


Based on and developed from master course subjects such as Contemporary Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Media Studies in Language and Culture, and Contemporary Cultural Dynamics, this course investigates modern cultural issues in various regions of the world from the viewpoints of how the traditional culture characteristic to each respective region transforms itself through contacts with foreign cultures, what kind of structural relationship gender differences have with language and culture, as well as from the perspectives of cultural industries, consumer cultures, movements in media culture, and so on. It also explores the directionality of a sophisticated cultural literacy that can adapt to interdisciplinary trends of culture in the era of globalization.

Independent Study in Language and Communication


Based on and developed from master course subjects such as Language and Communication, Theory of Language Use, Studies in Language Skills, and Sociolinguistics, this course examines the communication gap that occurs between different cultures in real society, aiming to fuse practical skills for suitable communication to overcome this gap together with theories derived from the standpoint of linguistics. It also investigates communication design competency and the internationality and linguistic and cultural literacy that make exchange possible in modern society where multilingualism and multiculturalism exist symbiotically.

Independent Study in Education in Language and Culture


Based on and developed from master course subjects such as Education in Language and Culture, Methodology in Foreign Language Teaching, Language and Representation, Applied Linguistics, and Applied Studies in Multimedia, this course develops language education methods that integrate theories on language acquisition and learning with practical activities of language use for occasions of international information exchange, such as document description, speech, translation, and interpretation. It also aims to apply these not only to foreign language education for Japanese, but also to Japanese education for foreigners, and lifelong learning as well as school education. The goal is to investigate the state of language education that lays the foundation for a deep understanding of language and culture in modern society where multilingualism and multiculturalism exist symbiotically.

Independent Study in Linguistics and Language Informatics


Based on and developed from master course subjects such as Linguistics and Language Informatics, Theoretical Linguistics, Theory of Linguistic Structure, Corpus Linguistics, Experimental Linguistics, and Natural Language Processing, this course investigates the structures and functions of language from the viewpoint of theoretical linguistics and language informatics. The course also provides a theoretical foundation for building a sophisticated natural language processing system. To that end, we take a multilateral approach from logical, mathematical, and computational standpoints, dealing with various issues at the intersection of different branches of linguistics such as phonology, lexicology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, as well as the relationship between language, human knowledge, and thought

Independent Studies in Language and Cognitive Science


Based on and developed from master course subjects such as Language and Cognitive Science, Cognitive Linguistics, Cognitive Semantics, and Studies in Cognitive Rhetoric, this course explores the structures and processes of language abilities as one human cognitive mechanism through scientific perception of human cognitive systems from the viewpoint of language information processing—how humans recognize the outside world, acquire knowledge, and process various information. Additionally, regarding cognitive linguistics —which occupies such a position in linguistics—we conduct research that bridges and applies to both theoretical frameworks and specific linguistic research.

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