リサーチユニット総覧(Research Unit Magazine)

言語研究の実践的応用・リサーチユニットThe Research Unit for Practical Application of linguistics

代表者 : 矢澤 真人    中核研究者 : 橋本 修  長田 友紀  
他のメンバー : 島田 康行  田川 拓海  沼田 善子  小野 正樹  那須 昭夫  澤田 浩子  石田 尊  佐々木 勲人  今田 水穂  
他機関 : 宮城 信  冨士原 紀絵  松崎 史周  森山 卓郎  安部 朋世  于日平  韓涛  許慈恵  盛文忠  林璋  劉剣  彭玉全  譙駿凱  李晶  
キーワード: 日本語研究、国語教育、日本語教育、日本語作文、辞書



















  • 小学校における電子辞書活用に関するプロジェクト(2017年~2019年)

  • 離島の学校における言語情報教育プロジェクト(2019年~)


The Research Unit for Practical Application of linguistics

Unit representative : Yazawa, Makoto    Core researcher : Hashimoto, Osamu  Osada, Yuki  
Unit members : Shimada, Yasuyuki  Tagawa, Takumi  Numata, Yoshiko  Ono, Masaki  Nasu, Akio  Sawada, Hiroko  Ishida, Takeru  Sasaki, Yoshihito  Imada, Mizuho  
Other agencies : Miyagi Shin  FUJIWARA Kie  Matsuzaki Fumichika  Moriyama Takuro  Abe Tomoyo  于日平  韓涛  許慈恵  盛文忠  林璋  劉剣  彭玉全  譙駿凱  李晶  


Unit name: The Reserch Unit for Practical Application of linguistics

Keywords: Japanese Linguistics, Japanese Teaching, Teaching Japanese as a ForeignLangage, Japanese Composition, Dictionary



Until now, basic and logical studies have been the central part of linguistic research, and the accumulated findings and outcomes of these studies have not been shared beyond the field of linguistics. The Research Unit for Practical Applications of Linguistics is promoting several projects, represented by the <Project on Mother Tongues in the Global Age>, <Project for the Promotion of Electronic Dictionary Use in Elementary Schools>, and <Application of Linguistic Research Outcomes to Translation>, with the aim of efficiently providing the accumulated outcomes of linguistic research to practical settings, such as education, translation, and dictionary development.


Utilizing remote class systems to provide feedback for teachers and investigate dictionary use for learning

Figure 1: A view of learning using a remote class system

The <Project for the Promotion of Linguistic Information Education in Schools on Remote Islands> is the main pillar of the <Project on Mother Tongues in the Global Age>. The former mainly aims to develop and establish a remote class system based on the current learning method for students to remotely participate in class sessions. In the new system, we, researchers, will analyze video-recorded class sessions held by teachers, and feedback our findings back to them.


It is said that many teachers, not limited to those of remote schools, feel pressured due to the necessity of holding class sessions despite their lack of confidence. The remote class system that allows these teachers to be supported with immediate feedback and researchers to obtain data from actual settings will markedly benefit both parties.


In our survey using a remote class system, we asked children to draw words using paper-based and electronic dictionaries for comparison, and found that children with lower academic performance have difficulty using paper-based dictionaries, as they lack sufficient knowledge to draw words using dictionaries, and do not know how to divide target words into syllables. On the other hand, they were able to draw words using electronic dictionaries with a 50-syllable keyboard. The survey revealed that electronic dictionaries are suitable for children with low academic performance and those who are not good at studying.


Actively collaborating with people in other fields toward the industrialization and social use of language information

Linguistic data from surveys/studies on class sessions for children and their learning using remote class systems may be utilized to develop new learning tools and education programs for the next generation to put into use. For example, electronic dictionaries focusing on support for individual users according to their academic performance, linguistic ability, and purposes (reading/writing) are usable for both adults and children. We actively collaborate with hardware manufacturers, publishers, educational academic societies, and schools to realize such products.

Figure 2: A crossword puzzle used in the


As part of the <Project for the Promotion of Electronic Dictionary Use in Elementary Schools>, we launched a 3-year program called the <Simple Science Class> in 2017, and have held 1 class session a year through collaboration with an electronic dictionary manufacturer. This event consists of elaborate activities to learn about various function of electronic dictionaries, and know how interesting words are, such as creating crossword puzzles using the wildcard function of electronic dictionaries and playing music for radio exercise from these dictionaries. We expect that the development of interest in language from infancy will not only help children develop their linguistic ability, but also increase the number of future linguistic researchers.


Social contributions and achievements
  • Project for the Promotion of Electronic Dictionary Use in Elementary Schools (2017-2019)

  • Project for the Promotion of Linguistic Information Education in Schools on Remote Islands (2019-)

Interviewed on Jan., 29, 2020