FUJITA Takeshi

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FUJITA Takeshi Professor

Linguistics and Literature / Linguistics and Western Languages
Specialized Field
French Linguistics, Romance Linguistics, Generative Grammar
Research Subject

Syntactic analysis of Romance languages in the framework of Generative Grammar

Linguistic problems in the translation of literary works into Romance languages

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Lab. Letters: Messages from the Laboratory

At the domestic forefront of research on the Romance languages: Fields related to generative grammar and contrastive linguistics await you.

The Romance languages, a group of languages derived from Latin, including French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, are research subjects for my students and myself. In this course, students can take a cross-sectional look at several Romance languages and study them at the graduate school level, something that’s found nowhere else in Japan. I see this as a distinguishing feature of this course.

In the course, we also provide the most multilateral guidance in Japan for research related to the field of Generative Grammar of the Romance Languages, not of Japanese or English. Graduate students include many students from faculties other than the Faculty of Letters, including a practicing Italian teacher. I sincerely welcome learning compeers with whom I can share my enthusiasm for the Romance languages.

  • The garden at the Palace of Versailles, photographed by Professor Fujita on a business trip to France
  • The Harry Potter series as translated in various countries is sometimes used as a material that’s familiar to the students.

The profundity of languages that deviate from the rules: Research with the aspect of a practical science that cultivates logical thinking ability

Although we’re seldom aware of the importance of languages in our daily lives, we realize their extreme profundity once they become a subject for our consideration. We first shed light on the true nature of the organic languages that humans have created through a logical analysis method adopted in the natural sciences, and we invariably encounter what cannot be explained under existing rules, which we rethink how to explain. A seemingly endless profundity: That’s the greatest attraction of linguistics.

I encourage students to cultivate the power of oral self-expression through presentations at seminars. I’d like students to pay attention to linguistics as a practical science that fosters the power of expression to convey to others the results obtained after logical thinking, a power instrumental in contributing to society.

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