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International Workshop on Transitivity and Its Related Phenomena


This workshop will conduct comparative research on various grammatical phenomena of the languages distributed over the area from north eastern Siberia to North America (languages of the North, hereinafter). This area, which is also the route of mankind's movement from the Old World to the New has attracted linguists' attention for its preeminent language density consisting of different types and families. Typological diversity of these languages covers a broad variety of both morphological and syntactic matters such as synthesis and cohesiveness, morphological means, marking of grammatical relationship, word order, and grammatical category. The languages of both areas, north eastern Siberia and North America, have so far been studied separately from each other. However, there are a number of grammatical phenomena which show similarity beyond the Continents. Therefore, it is becoming more and more important to view the area from an overall perspective. With cooperation from specialists at home and abroad, our Institute is expected to become a unique base for the typological study of the languages of the North.

Tokusu Kurebito, Project Coordinator (ILCAA)

Dates  December 2-4, 2011
Venue  Room 304, Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa (ILCAA), Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS)

This workshop is the 6th meeting of the ILCAA Joint Research Project "Comparative Study on the Languages of the North from Typological Perspective ".


Friday 2nd December Special Talks

15:30 - 15:40 Opening
15:40 - 16:30 Language Documentation and the Alaska Native Languages Today
Anna BERGE (ILCAA Joint Researcher/ ANLC, University of Alaska, Fairbanks)
16:40 - 17:30 Collaborative Linguistic Annotation and Archiving
Arienne DWYER (ILCAA Joint Researcher / University of Kansas)

Saturday 3rd December

10:00 - 10:15 Opening
10:15 - 11:05 Anticausativization in the Hokkaido dialect of Japanese
Kan SASAKI (ILCAA Joint Researcher / Sapporo Gakuin University)
11:10 - 12:00 Contact-induced change in relativization strategies in Eastern Khanty
Olga POTANINA (Tomsk Polytechnic University)
12:00 - 13:15 Lunch
13:15 - 14:05 Morphological transitivity in some Amdo Mongolic languages
Arienne DWYER (ILCAA Joint Researcher / University of Kansas)
14:10 - 15:00 Transitivity in Turkish
Yuu KURIBAYASHI (ILCAA Joint Researcher / Okayama University)
15:00 - 15:30 Tea break
15:30 - 16:20 Transitivity and Arguments in Sliammon Salish
16:25 - 17:15 Valency retention in Sakha derivational nominalization with reference to lexical integrity and morphology-syntax interface
Fuyuki EBATA (ILCAA Joint Researcher / Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)
17:15 - 17:30 Discussion
18:00 - 20:00 Reception (University Center)
(To participate, please contact LingDy Office: lingdy-office@aacore.net)

Sunday 4th December

10:00 - 10:50 Object Reduction in Aleut
Anna BERGE (ILCAA Joint Researcher / ANLC, University of Alaska, Fairbanks)
10:55 - 11:45 Voice and valency change in ergative and accusative languages: Focusing on Chukchi and Mongolian
11:45 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 13:50 Negation in Eastern Khanty and Sorthern Selkup: Areal and Typological Perspective
Andrey FILCHENKO (Pedagogical University of Tomsk)
13:55 - 14:45 Phonologically driven allomorphy in Nivkh transitive verbs
Hidetoshi SHIRAISHI (ILCAA Joint Researcher / Sapporo Gakuin University)
14:45 - 15:15 Discussion
15:15 - 15:25 Closing