NINJAL-SGRL-UHM Linguistics Workshop

Saturday, Jan 12 & Sunday, Jan 13, 2019  |  8:30a – 5p  |  St. John 11

The NINJAL-SGRL-UHM Linguistics Workshop: Grammatical Descriptions of Endangered and Understudied Languages and Dialects in East Asia and Beyond will take place this coming weekend, January 12 and 13, in St John 11.

This is a joint workshop organized by the National Institute for Japanese Languages and Linguistics (NINJAL), the Study Group of the Ryukyuan Languages (SGRL), and University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM), and the second major event since UHM and the NINJAL established a formal partnership in February 2018. The first event was a symposium that NINJAL hosted in August 2018, Approaches to Endangered Languages in Japan and Northeast Asia: Description, Documentation and Revitalization, where the researchers who work on endangered languages in Japan and Northeast Asia gathered and shared their research on issues surrounding documentation and revitalization of endangered languages in the region. The symposium was a resounding success with lively discussion taking place among a large number of participants throughout the event.

The current workshop expands the theme of the symposium by including research on understudied languages and dialects, while focusing more on the contributions of the descriptive research of endangered languages and understudied languages/dialects to the field of linguistics in general. The first day of the workshop features invited presentations by three UHM researchers, William O’Grady (Linguistics), Julie Jiang (EALL), and Han-Byul Chung (EALL), two invited student presentations by Celik Kenan Thibault (NINJAL) and Salvatore Carlino (Hitotsubashi University & NINJAL), and poster presentations by UHM faculty and graduate students, and researchers from NINJAL. The second day of the workshop features four oral presentations by researchers from SGRL and four oral presentations by researchers from NINJAL. Please see the workshop website for more information about the event. If you plan to attend the workshop, please pre-register using this workshop registration link.

The workshop was made possible by generous support by our sponsors, including the National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL), the Colleges of Arts and Sciences Expending the Student Experience Fund, the College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature (LLL), the Japanese Language and Literature Fund (the Japanese Language Committee) (JLL), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Okinawan Studies (COS), the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL) and the Department of Linguistics, and the graduate student volunteers from EALL and Linguistics at UHM.