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    Analyses the language cosplay of Japanese-language speakers based on a set of fine-tuned stereotypes they have about people and their speech styles.

    Speakers of the Japanese language hold in their minds a set of fine-tuned stereotypes about people and their speech styles (henceforth role-languages).  Manga, anime, story books and TV dramas all make use of role-languages not only to establish characters’ identities but also to send out various sorts of signals that come out of those characters.  People in Japan also make use of various role-languages in their daily life to establish their identities in the environment, and convey many things beyond their literal utterances.  Japan is indeed a theatrical stage, and JAPA352 teaches students about role-languages, enabling them to act upon the stage of Japan.

    About this paper

    Paper title Language Cosplay: Japanese Language in Anime and Beyond
    Subject Japanese
    EFTS 0.1500
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    JAPA 331 or JAPA 332
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    Students without the prerequisite but with suitable language skills may be admitted to the paper with permission from the Head of Programme

    Please apply for Special Permission to enrol in this paper if you have adequate knowledge of Japanese language.  Native/heritage speakers are welcome.


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    Teaching staff

    Paper Coordinator Dr J.-R. Hayashishita


    Lectures notes to be circulated.

    Manga of your choice.

    Children's books of your choice.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will demonstrate an understanding of the fine-tuned set of stereotypes that the speakers of the Japanese language have in mind about people and their speech styles. Understanding of this fine-tuned set of stereotypes will in turn enable students to enjoy manga, anime, story books and TV dramas in a fuller way beyond what utterances and images literally convey, and to do language cosplay on the stage of Japan, actively interacting with people in Japan.


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 13:00-14:50 9-13, 15-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Wednesday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-22
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