This book is the first dedicated collection of systemic functional descriptions of Japanese. It represents the most recent, international work describing the system and structure of Japanese and how applications of the descriptions have been used in the fields of computer science and education. The book consists of 10 chapters and is suitable for undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers of descriptive linguistics and applied linguistics, as well for Japanese language teachers. The book is divided into two sections: descriptions and applications. Descriptions is organised into the three metafunctions: textual, interpersonal and ideational. Applications is organised into applications in education and in computing. The contributions on education present work on the application of systemic functional theory to teaching Japanese as a second or foreign language. The contributions on computing present the application of systemic functional theory to the development of a Japanese language based computer operating system. The book includes a Foreword by Professor Noboru Yamaguchi, Tohoku University, considered to be one of the first linguists to explore systemic-functional perspectives of Japanese.
About the Author
Elizabeth A. Thomson is a senior lecturer of linguistics and Japanese language at the University of Wollongong, Australia. She coordinates The Genre Project, an ongoing research initiative aimed at mapping the genres of Japanese, particularly those found in the workplace and in Education. She teaches linguistics, Japanese language and English for Academic Purposes. In 2003 she was awarded the Vice-Chancellors Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning (Arts) and in 2001 her co-authored CD-ROM, Academic Writing was the winner of the Tertiary Technology Showcase Category in The Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing. William S. Armour is Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He researches on a variety of topics, including cross-cultural adaptation, how learning an additional language impacts on identity, and manga and anime.
Table of Contents
Foreword (Noboru Yamaguchi, Tohoku University) 1. Systemic Functional Theory: Description and Application (Elizabeth Thomson and William Armour) Part I: Description 2. How to Argue in Japanese: A Systemic Functional Interpretation of the Logico-semantic Relations in Japanese Exposition (Motoki Sano and Elizabeth Thomson, University of Wollongong) 3. Description of MOOD in Japanese: Examining Mood Types in a Selected Set of Texts (Nagisa Fukui, University of New South Wales) 4. The System of THEME in Japanese (Elizabeth Thomson) 5. Classifying Natural Phenomena through Language: Lexicogrammatical Resources for Constructing Taxonomies in Japanese Biology Textbooks (Chie Hayakawa, Meijo and Chukyo University) 6. Nominalisation and Nouniness as Meaning Strategies in Japanese Political Manifestos (Kinuko Suto and Christopher Barnard, Teikyo University) Part II: Application 7. Learning How to Mean in Japanese as an Additional Language (William Armour and Reiko Furuya, Nagoya University) 8. Modelling Writing: Using the Genre Approach in the Japanese as a Foreign Language Classroom (Yuko Ramzan and Elizabeth Thomson, University of Wollongong) 9. A Computational Model of Language in Context and its Application to the Understanding of Japanese Text (Noriko Ito, Doshisha University and Toru Sugimoto, Shibaura Institute of Technology) 10. The Components and Structure of the Context Base, a Database for Computer Text Generation (Yusuke Takahashi, Justsystem Corporation, Ichiro Kobayashi, Ochanomizu University, and Michiaki Iwazume, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology)