The University of Tokyo Graduate
School of Arts and Sciences

Language and Information Sciences

東京大学大学院総合文化研究科言語情報科学専攻

The University of Tokyo

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Department of Language and Information Sciences

3-8-1, Komaba, Meguroku, Tokyo 153-8902 Japan

TEL: 81-3-5454-6376

FAX: 81-3-5454-4329

Language, Society and Culture

Language can be regarded not only as a reflection of society and culture but also as itself constitutive of much of the character of social and cultural life. In line with this view, sociolinguistics is the field of study devoted to investigating the relationship between language, society and culture. It deals with language variation according to region, sex, and age, and analyses both verbal and non-verbal human behaviour.

In particular, "language contact" and its linguistic outcomes constitute a major line of enquiry in this field. Geographical and social mobility, as well as political and cultural upheavals, are not only instrumental in the creation of bilingualism or multilingualism at a macro-level, but also lead to lexical, syntactical, phonological, and morphological changes in languages in contact at a micro-level. Furthermore, as "languages in contact" may also mean "cultures in contact" in history, "language contact" can be seen as an interdisciplinary study drawing on the fields of sociolinguistics, history, and cultural studies.

In addition to our work in these areas, the department also offers a special postgraduate course on Japan-Korea Language Ecology, in which the focus is upon the investigation of social and cultural relationships between Japan and Korea through language.

Faculty

Language, region, sex and age:
ITATSU Yuko, MATSUMOTO Kazuko, TANAKA Shin'ichi, TERASAWA Jun, UEDA Hiroto, YOSHIKAWA Masayuki
Communication and language:
FUJII Seiko, KATO Tsuneaki, USAMI Yo
Language contact and change:
ITATSU Yuko, IWATSUKI Jun'ichi, MATSUMOTO Kazuko, TANAKA Shin'ichi
Bilingualism and multilingualism:
IWATSUKI Jun'ichi, MATSUMOTO Kazuko, OGOSHI Naoki, USAMI Yo, YOSHIKAWA Masayuki
Japan-Korea Language Ecology:
MITSUI Takashi, OGOSHI Naoki, TSUKIASHI Tatsuhiko