Graduate School of Languages and Linguistics

Aiming for original linguistic research from an international perspective

About the Graduate School of Languages and Linguistics

Exploring the universal nature of humanity through language diversity

Scientific Study of Language

At the Graduate School of Languages and Linguistics, we believe that the study of each student’s major language (English, German, French, Hispanic, Russian, Portuguese, and Japanese) and the study of general linguistic theory are inseparably related. Through scientific research on language based on this common theory, we aim to explore the diversity of each individual language and, at the same time, the universal essence of humanity that lies at its root.

Multi-faceted approaches to language research

While our approach to language research is based on general linguistic theory, we have also enhanced the research aspects of applied linguistics related to general linguistic theory, such as research on speech-language pathology and language education. As a result, many graduates of the Graduate School of Languages and Linguistics are active in hospitals, schools, and research institutes as speech-language pathologists, Japanese language teachers, and English language education specialists.

Small-group education and extensive thesis guidance

Education and research are conducted based on the philosophy of cultivating students who can establish their own areas of specialization from a wide range of fields in linguistics and contribute to society by making the most of their expertise. The Master’s Course has 33 students per year, and the Doctoral Course has 5 students per year, with 28 full-time faculty members, making for a small-group education system, which enables students to receive extensive thesis guidance.

Educational Objectives

The program fosters scholars with a global vision who are dedicated to unique studies in the fields of theoretical linguistics, individual linguistics, and applied linguistics. The program also cultivates scholars in the basics and applications of research into communication disorders as well as those who will engage in English education through classes conducted in English. Also fostered are Japanese-language teachers proficient in theory and practice who can work both domestically and internationally.

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