Lecture about Sign Languages

Date 8/3/2019 Saturday 10:00-12:00
Place National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (All-purpose room 2nd floor)
Language English (Simultaneous translation in Japanese sign language available)
Contact yufuko.takashima [at] gmail.com (replace [at] with @)
No participation fee, no reservation required


10:00-12:00 Pointing and Placing in Signed Language Discourse Prof. Sherman Wilcox (University of New Mexico)
In this lecture I will present an overview of the application of linguistic theory to the study of signed languages. The general topic is the semantic use of space in grammatical constructions. Often, pointing is analyzed in signed languages as simple morphemes or even as non-linguistic gesture. An approach to pointing as a symbolically complex construction will be presented and exemplified with data from signed languages. Another grammatical construction unique to signed languages, placing, will be described and discussed, and two types of placing constructions will be demonstrated. Finally, the application of pointing and placing to discourse will be examined with special attention to tracking referents and the use of these grammatical constructions in the unique, spatial form of verb agreement in signed languages.

2019 1st Project Conference Case Marking and Information Structure in Ryukyuan Languages

Date 6/16/2019 (Sunday) 9:30-16:00
Place National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (Hall 2nd floor)
Language Japanese
Contents The topic of this year is Case Marking and Information Structure and the first conference of the year focuses on Ryukyuan languages.
Contact h-oshima [at] ninjal.ac.jp (replace [at] with @)
No participation fee, no reservation required


9:30-10:00 Registration
10:00-10:40 Use of focus markers in the Funaoki dialect of Southern Ryukyuan Yaeyaman Yuko Urabe (Kyushu University)
10:40-11:20 Specificity and nominal case marking in Yaeyaman dialects Natsuko Nakagawa (NINJAL)
11:20-11:30 Break
11:30-12:10 Case marking in Tsuken Dialect Satomi Matayoshi (Okayama University)
12:10-13:20 Lunch break
13:20-14:00 Information Structure in the Iheya dialect of Northern Ryukyuan Okinawan Carlino Salvatore (NINJAL/Hitotsubashi University)
14:00-14:40 Case and Focus particle clusters in Yoron dialect Nana Toyama (University of the Ryukyus)
14:40-14:50 Break
14:50-15:30 Case markers in Northern Ryukyuan Amami dialects with a special focus on Tatsugo Ura dialect Hiromi Shigeno (Hiroshima University of Economics)
15:30-15:50 Discussion
15:50-16:00 Closing remarks