Prof Matsumoto, a visiting Japanese Professor from Kobe University gave a public lecture on Linguistics here at CUEA on November 16.
The talk entitled “The theory and application of language” aimed to address the issues in linguistics whether it’s the ability to learn and speak various languages or the technical aspects of language.
In his bid to research on the similarity between the English, Swahili and Japanese Language, Prof Matsumoto narrowed down on some cases. In his study, he said that he had discovered that language has something do with the relationship between two communities or more, “when you share some words in common, or you speak the same language, it brings about togetherness because you have something in common. And this relationship was explored by Ferdinand Saussure”.
He further tackled the branches of linguistics i.e phonetics, phonology, morphology, semantics, socio-linguistics and psycholinguistics in depth.
Prof Matsumoto says that his interest in linguistics developed from studying the dictionary. He holds a doctorate in linguistics from Stanford University and he is a Professor at Kobe University, Japan.