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Advanced Seminar in Japanese Linguistics and Translation


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 6
  • Convenor and tutor: Michael Tsang
  • Prerequisite: Japanese 3
  • Assessment: a presentation (25%), 2000-word translation and commentary (60%) and continuous assessment of class participation and translation homework (15%)

Module description

This module will develop your sensitivity to the linguistic structures and issues in the Japanese language, as well as giving you a broad knowledge on how Japanese linguistics reveals aspects of Japanese culture and society.

By further sharpening your Japanese proficiency via Japanese-English translation and introducing you to basic translation skills and tips for translating specific genres, the module provides you with hands-on, transferable skills, particularly for a career in translation.


  • Syntax of Japanese
  • Phonology of Japanese
  • Japanese orthography
  • Sociolinguistics of Japanese
  • Gender and Japanese language
  • Translating news
  • Translating lyrics
  • Literary translation

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to demonstrate:

  • relevant, factual knowledge about Japanese language and linguistics
  • sensitivity to how the Japanese language works, both theoretically and socioculturally
  • understanding of basic translation skills and be able to apply them in Japanese-English translation contexts
  • awareness of how different genres of texts should be translated
  • the confidence and expertise to engage in Japanese at an upper immediate to advanced level
  • research, presentation and analytic skills.