Experimental Studies on Prosodic Features in Second Language Acquisition

Experimental Studies on Prosodic Features in Second Language Acquisition

  • Midori IBA / 2010.8
  • JPY 4,600 / A5 size, paperback, 186 pages
  • bookdesign: Yoko GOTOH

How do Japanese people speak natural English?
Experimental investigation of training method clarifies that training of prosody prior to word pronunciation practice is effective.
It connects speech science and English education and opens the path of rational English learning.
(ISBN 9784861102356)

Table of contents

Chapter 1 (study 1)
The Influence of Model Sounds on the Speech Production of Japanese Learners of English
Chapter 2 (study 2)
The Effectiveness of Low-Pass Filters in English Pronunciation Training
Chapter 3 (study 3)
The Apparent Priority of Prosodic Features over Individual Sounds in Second Language Speech Learning
Chapter 4
General Discussion and Implications for Second Language Pronunciation Teaching
Chapter 5
Teaching English Pronunciation for Global Communication

Author

Midori IBA
Graduated from the Department of English in Faculty of arts and sciences at Tsuda College, Japan. She received her M.A. degree from Kobe University. Ph.D.(Kobe University). Visiting researcher of University of London in 2002. Associate professor of The Institute for Language and Culture at Konan University.

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Comparative Studies on Economic Education in Asia-Pacific Region

Comparative Studies on Economic Education in Asia-Pacific Region

  • Michio Yamaoka, William B. Walstad, Michael W. Watts, Tadayoshi Asano and Shintaro Abe (eds.) / 2010.3
  • JPY 2,000 / duodecimo, paperback, 242 pages

(ISBN 9784861102073)

Table of contents

Part 1  Economic Literacy of Undergraduate Students in Asia-Pacific Region: Results of the Test of Understanding in College Economics (TUCE)
I. The U.S. Test of Understanding in College Economics: Revision and Results
II. Recent Results from TEL3 & TUCE: Building on Students’ Prior Knowledge of Economics
III. Comparative Korean Results of TUCE with U.S. and Japan
IV. The Philippine Test of Understanding in College Economics: The UPLB Case

Part 2  Undergraduate Economics Coursework across the World
I. Economics Education within the Education System in Scotland
II. Economics Education in Taiwan
III. Undergraduate Economics in the United States
IV. Teaching Economics in New Zealand: Recent Trends and Issues
V. How Students Acquire Economic Education in the Philippines?  Features, Assessment and Teaching Methods of the UPLB Economics Major Program

Editors

Michio Yamaoka, William B. Walstad, Michael W. Watts, Tadayoshi Asano and Shintaro Abe

 

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Decoding Paul Muldoon: Poetics and Politics

Decoding Paul Muldoon

Poetics and Politics

  • Ryoji OKUDA / 2009.3
  • JPY 2,500 / duodecimo, paperback, 168 pages
  • bookdesign: Tamon YAHAGI

Paul Muldoon, contemporary poet of Northern Ireland, following Seamus Heaney. Using the concept of “hybridity” as a key, it understands the political hidden in the deep layer of the sideways speech.
(ISBN 9784861101762)

Table of contents

Preface
Introduction
CHAPTER 1 Mixed Marriage: the Poetics of Hybridity
CHAPTER 2 Translating Poetry and Politics in Monologues
CHAPTER 3 Transcending the Limits of Language: Imagination and Politics
CHAPTER 4 Artistic Subtlety of Politics: Decoding the Messages in “Madoc-A Mystery”
CHAPTER 5 Emigration and Homesickness
Conclusion
Appendix: Poetry and Politics in Ireland
Selected Bibliography
Index

Author

Ryoji OKUDA
Born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1958. Professor in English at Tokai University, Hiratsuka, Japan.  He is coeditor/author of “Meeting Paul Muldoon” (1994) and cotranslator of “Paul Muldoon: Selected Poems 1968-1983” (Japanese translation, 1996).  Essays include “In Search of Momentary Life: Yeats’s ‘Among School Children’”(Humanity Viewed from Language, 2000), “The dream of Irish Restoration in Dubliners: Joyce’s Messages” (Linguistic Expression and Creativity, 2005). He is currently secretary of the Yeats Society of Japan.

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Social Development, Culture, and Participation: Toward Theorizing Endogenous Development in Tanzania

Social Development, Culture, and Participation

Toward Theorizing Endogenous Development in Tanzania

  • Kumiko SAKAMOTO / 2009.2
  • JPY 6,476 / A5 size, paperback, 550 pages
  • bookdesign: Tamon YAHAGI

Since independence in 1961, Tanzania has tried and tried to develop its own country. We will revise the view of development focusing only on economic indicators and explore the way of endogenous development based on multilateral analyzes of citizens’voices and nature and culture obtained by fieldwork. Mr. Jun Nishikawa praised!

In many societies in Africa and Asia, people are facing the rapid change brought about by modern society while protecting traditional culture and living. As the author worked on the site of Tanzania as a UN official, he made me think deeply about what social development harmonized with local culture is. As a result of this question, this book analyzes how people can participate actively on external development. It is an epoch-making masterpiece that reconstructed the theory of conventional social development from the standpoint of endogenous development focusing on culture based on abundant data. I would like to broadly recommend to people in the South who would like to review development issues with their own eyes.
― Jun, Nishikawa
(ISBN 9784861101748)

Table of contents

Introduction: Social development, culture, and participation
Part I Development and Culture Reconsidered in Tanzania
Chapter 1 Re-conceptualizing ‘Development’ and the Role of ‘Culture’
Chapter 2 Creation and Diversities of ‘Culture’ in Tanzania
Part II Social Development with Endogenous Perspective in Tanzania
Chapter 3 Tanzania’s Policies Re-examined: Endogenous perspectives and impacts on social development
Chapter 4 Participation in Development and Culture: From the diverse agencies in Lindi Region
Summary and Conclusions: Toward theorizing endogenous development

Author

Kumiko SAKAMOTO
Associate Professor of the Faculty of international studies at Utsunomiya University. Born in Kyoto, Japan. Graduated from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. She completed the master degree program in the Graduate School of Economics and doctral program in the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific studies at Waseda University. Worked for UNICEF and UNDP Tanzania office, assistant at Waseda University and current position is lecturer at Utsunomiya University.

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Reflections on Chomsky’s Strong Minimalist Thesis: Evolution, UG Residues, and Helen Keller

Reflections on Chomsky’s Strong Minimalist Thesis

Evolution, UG Residues, and Helen Keller

  • Norio SUZUKI / 2007.7
  • JPY 7,619 / A5 size, paperback, 376 pages

Given the conceptual shift involved in evolutionarily viewing UG as the object of explanation, not as an explanatory tool any more, and Chomsky’s strong minimalist thesis as the central concept of minimalist theorizing, this book attempts to explore its implications and consequences in several empirical domains such as acquisition/learnability, narrow syntactic derivation, interfacing, etc. with special emphasis on such notions as economy, optionality, the EPP, UG residues, etc.
(ISBN 9784861105401)

Table of contents

CONTENTS
PREFACE and BEYOND
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
1 Minimalism and Its Implications for Language Acquisition and Learnability
2 Triggers, Minimalism, and Learnability
3 Universals, Occam’s Razor, and the Strong Minimalist Thesis
4 How the Reality Can Be Compatible with the Strong Minimalist Thesis: Interfacing, Economy, and Variation
5 Two Case Studies in Language Acquisition: Evolution, Efficient Computation, and Learnability
6 What Language is Made From: Helen Keller, Some UG Residues, and the Strong Minimalist Thesis
REFERENCES
AUTHOR INDEX
SUBJECT INDEX

Author

Norio Suzuki
1947:Born in Gifu Prefecture, Japan.
1980:Finished the Doctoral Course (first half)for English Literature of the Department of Literary Studies, Graduate School of Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan.
1982:Left School (halfway before finishing the latter half of the above course).
1982-1985:Full-Time Lecturer, Department of English Literature, Shinwa Women’s College, Kobe, Japan.
1985-1994:Associate Professor, Department of English Literature, Shinwa Women’s College.
1994-2002:Professor, Department of British and American Studies, Kobe Shinwa Women’s University.
2002-Present:Professor, Department of Clinical Psychology, Faculty of Human Development and Education, Kobe Shinwa Women’s University.
1988-1989:Visiting Scholar, Department of Linguistics, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut.
Publications
Gendai Eibunpo Jiten (Sanseido’s New Dictionay of English Grammar). 1992. Tokyo: Sanseido. [Participated as author of specific entries].
Studies in Generative Syntax (Seisei-togo-ron Kenkyu). 1997. Tokyo: Eichosha.
Eigo-gaku Yogo Jiten (A Dictionary of Technical Terms of English Linguistics). 1999. Tokyo: Sanseido. [Participated as author of specific entries].

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From the Country of Kimonos

From the Country of Kimonos

  • Yuko KOYANO / 2006.12
  • JPY 1,905 / A5 size, hardcover, 224 pages
  • bookdesign: Tamon YAHAGI

B. S. Gordon who wrote the rights of women in the Constitution of Japan and H. Kolein who became a prisoner of the Japanese Army. Chiune Sugihara who issued a visa to the Jews, Japanese culture and war as seen in the eyes of the “world” such as the aesthetics and solidarity that still exists at the Kinkakuji Gion Festival!
(ISBN 4861100917)

Table of contents

AUREATE MEDITATION
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
One of Japan’s great cultural treasures
THE SOUND OF RECTITUDE
Chiune Sugihara
The Japanese diplomat who during W.W. II signed
transit visas allowing thousands of European Jews
to escape the Nazis
A CENTURY-LONG DESIRE
Beate Sirota Gordon
The American woman who was responsible for writing the article of the new Japanese constitution in 1946 guaranteeing equal rights for women
A TOUCH OF SOLACE
Helen Colijn
A Dutch citizen interned by Japanese forces in
Indonesia at the outbreak of W.W. II
AWAKENING IN JULY
The Gion Matsuri
A diary-like account of witnessing the construction of the giant floats for the Gion Matsuri in Kyoto

Author

Yuko KOYANO
Born in Dalian, China in 1946. Graduated from the Department of English literature in Kyoto Women’s Junior College in 1967. Living in America with her family for her husband’s work in 1974-1975 and 1985-1990. She is the author of “From a town on the Hudson”(1996, Tuttle Publishing).

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Distortion in the Study of Japanese Modern and Contemporary Economic History

Distortion in the Study of Japanese Modern and Contemporary Economic History

  • Mamoru TAKAHASHI, (tr.) Mark Chang / 2006.3
  • JPY 3,333 / duodecimo, paperback, 220 pages

Trying to critically examine the idea that decided policies in the process of modernization of Japan, mainly from the Meiji Restoration, economic history and management history from the Meiji Restoration to the after and the end of the war “From the Meiji to the Showa era: Selection of refraction ” in English.
(ISBN 4861100453)

Table of contents

ChapterⅠ Meiji Restoration and Japan Modernization Debate
ChapterⅡ Change in Direction After Russo-Japanese War
ChapterⅢ The First World War and Industrial Rationalization
ChapterⅣ Growing Right-wing Tendency,Para-revolution and War
ChapterⅤ The Japanese Capitalism Debate During and After the War

Author and Translator

Mamoru TAKAHASHI
Born in Osaka, Japan in 1929. Professor of Emeritus at Hirosima University and Fukuyama University, Japan.

Mark Chang
Born in Taiwan. Lecturer of Showa Women’s University. Belonging to The International Cross-Cultural Society, Japan. 

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Beowulf

Beowulf

  • Shuichi HASHIMOTO / 2006.2
  • JPY 2,000 / duodecimo extensional size, hardcover, 140 pages
  • bookdesign: Toshinobu NAGATA

An epic representing Anglo-Saxon literature, “beowulf” . The author reads closely the mysterious text which is said to be made in the 7th century under themes such as “monster” “witch” “dragon”.  This book also considers the relationship with Christianity.
(ISBN 4861100607)

Table of contents

Prologue
Wealhtheow
Grendel
Draconitas in Beowulf
The ‘Thryth-Offa Digression’ in Beowulf
A Historical Survey of Beowulf Studies? From the 19th to the 20th century?
Interpretation of the Line 2390b in Beowulf
Epilogue

Author

Shuichi HASHIMOTO
Born in Tokyo in 1956. He received M.A. degree from Sophia University. Professor of The Chiba Institute of Technology, Japan.

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Lessons on the Christ in Western Literature and Paintings [Ibaraki Christian University Language and Culture Studies Series 1]

Lessons on the Christ in Western Literature and Paintings

  • Harris. G. Ives / 2004.3
  • JPY 2,190 / A5 size, paperback, 202 pages
  • bookdesign: Toshinobu NAGATA

Christ that appeared in Western literature and painting –  analyzing various aspects of Jesus Christ that appeared in Western literature and paintings. Posted paintings related to themes, developed commentaries on the Bible, detailed introductions of paintings, and related literature. The text is English.
(ISBN 9784861105401)

Table of contents

BOOK ONE  Jesus Christ His names are various
Chapter One  The Servant Teacher
Chapter Two  The Victim of Rudeness in The Garden
Chapter Three  The Merciful Lord
Chapter Four  The Lord of The Grand Entrance
Chapter Five  The Bread of Life
Chapter Six  The Son “Given Unto Us”
Chapter Seven  The Friend of Tree Climbers
Chapter Eight  The Great Listener
BOOK TWO
A Declaration of Personal Mission
Pilosophical Statements Regarding The Nature of Christian Universities and The Importance of The Good Chapel Programs
Epilogue
A Memorial Story
Annotated Bibliography
Annotated Discography
Index

Author

Harris.G.Ives
Professor of Ibaraki Christian University, Japan.

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Languages and Language Policies in Insular Southeast Asia: Focusing on the Philippines and Malaysia

Languages and Language Policies in Insular Southeast Asia

Focusing on the Philippines and Malaysia

  • Toshiaki KAWAHARA / 2002.12
  • JPY 5,950 / A5 size, paperback, 212 pages

(ISBN 4921146640)

Table of contents

1 General Linguistic Situations of Insular Southeast Asia
1.1 An Overview of Sociolinguistic Situations
1.2 Languages Spoken in Each Country
1.3 An Overview of the Historical Background of Sociolinguistic Situations
2 Lingusitic Situations in a Filipino Family and Two Functions of Language
2.1 A Case Study of a Filipino Family
2.2 Function of Language
2.3 Two Functions in a Society
2.4 Development of Two Functions as a Whole
3 Linguistic Situations in a Malaysian Family and Linguistic Verticality
3.1 A Case Study of a Malaysian Family
3.2 Diglossia
3.3 Practical/Identifying Function and Verticality
3.4 Verticality of Sociolinguistic Structure
3.5 Characteristics of Verticality
3.6 Competence Disparity and Elite Closure
3.7 Identifying Function (Dummy High)
4 Language Policy
4.1 What Is Language Policy?
4.2 Language Policies in Developed Countries and Developing Countries
4.3 Analysis of Language Policies
4.4 The First Point: The Selection of a New Common
4.5 The Second Point: The Replacement of Colonial Language
4.6 The Third Point: The Replacement of Immigrant
4.7 Appeal of Nationalism
4.8 Education
4.9 The Fourth Point: The Sophistication of Language
4.10 Identifying Function and Pidgin/Creole
5 Lingusitics Verticality: Its Comparison and Its Transition
5.1 Comparison of Gactors Deciding Language Policies
5.2 Structure of Linguistic Verticality
Conclusions and Suggestions

Author

Toshiaki KAWAHARA
Born in Ishikawa, Japan in 1950. Graduated from the Faculty of literature at Tokyo University. He received his M.A. in pedagogy and Ph.D. in socio-environmental science from Kanazawa University. Professor of Kanazawa Seiryo University, Japan. He is the author of “Axis of Cross-cultural Understanding(Ibunka Rikai no Zahyouziku)”(Co-authored, Nihon Tosho Center) and “Municipal language service: Opening the door to a multilingual society(Zichitaino Gengo Service: Tagengo-Syakai heno Tobira wo Hiraku)”(Shumpusha Publishing).

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