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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Cross-linguistic Perspective on the Information Structure of the Austronesian Languages

Cross-linguistic Perspective on the Information Structure of the Austronesian Languages

Keywords

  • Austornesian languages
  • Information structure
  • Typology

Areas

  • Oceania
  • South-east Asia
  • Taiwan
  • Madagascar

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About the Project

Project term: April, 2013–March, 2016

This project uses a theoretical model to clarify the interaction between information structure (pragmatics) and grammar in Austronesian Languages from a cross-linguistic point of view. The interaction among languages may vary, so the co-researchers are requested to indicate the kinds of interaction found within each language. These will be categorized into several types, after which the types that are frequently observed within Austronesian languages will be determined. In addition, the patterns of interaction in non-Austronesian languages will also be discussed. Moreover, we compare the interactions found in Austronesian languages and those frequently occurring in non-Austronesian languages to distinguish typologically universal phenomena from specifically Austronesian ones. Furthermore, the influence of language contact on the interaction between pragmatics and syntax in Austronesian languages will be examined.

Atsuko UTSUMI Project Coordinator (Meisei University)

Members

Coordinator

  • Atsuko UTSUMI (Meisei University)

ILCAA Staff

  • Asako SHIOHARA

Joint Researchers

  • Anja Latrouite
  • Daniel Kaufman
  • František Kratochvíl
  • Hiroaki KITANO
  • Hiroki NOMOTO
  • Kazuya INAGAKI
  • Kunio NISHIYAMA
  • Masahiko NOSE
  • Masaki ONO
  • Masumi KATAGIRI
  • Midori OSUMI
  • Naomi TSUKIDA
  • Naonori NAGAYA
  • Nobuko YONEDA
  • Ritsuko KIKUZAWA
  • Shigehiro KATO
  • Tomohiko YOSHIDA
  • Yoshimi MIYAKE

Outputs

Meetings

The 9th meeting

  • The Third International Workshop on information structure of Austronesian languagesProgram
  • Date/Time: 18 February 2016 (Thu.) 13:30-18:30,19 February 2016 (Fri.) 10:00-17:35,20 February 2016 (Sat.) 9:30-13:00 (open) / 14:00-16:00 (closed)
  • Venue: Room 304 (Multimedia Conference Room), ILCAA
  • Language: English
  • Organized by Linguistic Dynamics Science Project (LingDy2)
  • 18 February
  • Arndt RIESTER (Institute for Natural Language Processing, University of Stuttgart)
    “Information structure analysis of spoken discourse”
    Stefan BAUMANN (University of Cologne)
    “Prosodic cues to information structure”
    James Sneed GERMAN (CNRS - Aix-Marseille University)
    “Information Structure and Prosody in Uncharted Territory”
    Sonja RIESBERG, Stefan BAUMANN, Janina KALBERTODT, Nikolaus P. HIMMELMANN (University of Cologne)
    “Native speakers’ perception of prosodic prominence and its implication for information structure in Papua Malay”
    Nikolaus P. HIMMELMANN (University of Cologne)
    “Lexical pitch accent and/or stress in Eastern Indonesia? Prosody (and information structure) in Wooi”
    Atsuko UTSUMI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Meisei University)
    “The intonation of interrogatives and focused elements in the Bantik language”
  • 19 February
  • Yoshimi MIYAKE (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Akita University)
    “Information structure in Javanese conversational sequences”
    John BOWDEN (ILCAA Joint Researcher, ILCAA Visiting Professor)
    “Notes on information structure and intonation in Colloquial Jakarta Indonesian”
    Anja LATROUITE (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf)
    “Word Order Choices, Information Structure and Common Ground in Tagalog”
    Naonori NAGAYA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies), Hyun Kyung HWANG (National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics)
    “Focus and prosody in Tagalog: A preliminary study”
    Liselotte SNIJDERS(早稲田大学)
    “The information structure of discontinuous expressions”
    Shirley N. DITA (De La Salle University)
    “Information Structure in Ilocano”
    Liselotte SNIJDERS (Waseda University)
    “Complement-taking strategies in Kapampangan”
    Hiroaki KITANO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Aichi University of Education)
    “Speech report construction in Seediq”
    All members
    General Discussion
  • 20 February 9:30-13:00 (open), 14:00-16:00 (closed)
  • Asako SHIOHARA (ILCAA)
    “Constituent order in Sumbawa”
    I Wayan Arka (Australian National University)
    “Information structure in Marori”
    Rik De BUSSER (ILCAA Joint Researcher, National Chengchi University)
    “Referential cohesion and textual variation in Bunun”
    All members
    General Discussion
    All members
    Business Meeting

The 8th meeting

  • Date/Time: 25 October 2015 (Sun.) 11:00‐17:30
  • Venue: Room 306 (Multimedia Seminar Room), ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese and English
  • Nobuko YONEDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University)
    “Focus marking in Bantu Languages”
    Tomohiko YOSHIDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Josai International University)
    “Pragmatic studies of the demonstratives and Sakuma-kanae”
    Naomi TSUKIDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Aichi Prefectural University)
    “Subject and Topic in Seediq: From the point of Information Structure”
    Hiroki NOMOTO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    “ACTOR in Passive sentence in Classic Malay”
    John BOWDEN (ILCAA Joint Researcher, ILCAA Visiting Professor)
    “First steps in the analysis of the Information Structure of Colloquial Jakarta Indonesian”
    All members
    Business meeting

The 7th meeting

  • Date/Time: 10 May 2015 (Sun.) 9:30-17:30
  • Venue: Room 306 (Multimedia Seminar Room), ILCAA
  • Language: English
  • John BOWDEN (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Jakarta Field Station, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)
    “More on basic clausal syntax patterns and information structure in Colloquial Jakarta Indonesian”
    Hiroaki KITANO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Aichi University of Education)
    “Complement and adnominal clauses in Kapampangan”
    Asako SHIOHARA (ILCAA)
    “Encoding anaphoric referent in standard Indonesian”
    Masashi FURIHATA (TUFS)
    “Particles “teh” and “mah” as Topic Markers in Sundanese”
    Atsuko UTSUMI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Meisei University)
    “Markers for Information Structure in WMP languages”

The 6th meeting

  • The Second International Workshop on information structure of Austronesian languages : Timetable and abstracts
  • Date/Time: 11 February 2015 (Wed.) 9:00-17:30, 12 February 2015 (Thu.) 9:45-20:00, 13 February 2015 (Fri.) 9:10-14:00
  • Venue: Room 306, ILCAA
  • Language: English
  • Organized by Linguistic Dynamics Science Project (LingDy2)
  • 11 February
  • Arndt RIESTER (University of Stuttgart)
    “Annotating corpus data with information structure”
    Yoshiharu KUMAGAI (Aichi Prefectural University)
    “The Flow of New Information in Narrative Discourse”
    Hiroki NOMOTO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    “Givenness of individuals and eventualities: Perspectives from Malay passives”
    Masahiko NOSE (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Shiga University)
    “Information structure and discourse markers in Tok Pisin: differences in genres”
    Kazuya INAGAKI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies)
    “Discourse and Information Structure in Kadorih”
    Sonja RIESBERG (ILCAA Joint Researcher, University of Cologne)
    “Information structure in Totoli:Reference management and its interrelation with voice selection”
    Nikolaus HIMMELMANN (University of Cologne)
    “On articles and reference management in western Austronesian Languages”
  • 12 February
    【Information and discourse】
  • Anthony JUKES (ILCAA Joint Researcher, CRLD, La Trobe University)
    “Focus and Argument Indexing in Makasar​”
    Atsuko UTSUMI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Meisei University)
    “Topic-marking constructions in Bantik”
    All members
    discussion
  • 【Definiteness marking】
  • Frantisek KRATOCHVIL (ILCAA Joint Researcher / Nanyang Technological University)
    “Definiteness and referent tracking in Abui”
    Asako SHIOHARA (ILCAA) and Ketut ARTAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Udayana University)
    “The definite marker in Balinese”
    Alexander ADELAAR (ILCAA Visiting Professor, The University of Melbourne)
    “The definite and possessive marker in Malagasy”
    Stefan Schnell (CRLD, La Trobe University)
    “Lexical anaphors in Vera'a and Teop narrative discourse”
    Rik De BUSSER (ILCAA Joint Researcher, National Chengchi University)
    “The role of Bunun deixis in information structure: An initial assessment”
    Reception
  • 13 February
  • Dwi Noverini Djenar(The University of Sydney)
    TBA
    Yoshimi MIYAKE (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Akita University)
    “​Pragmatic​ particles and information structure in colloquial Indonesian dialogue​”
    All members
    General Discussion
    All members
    Business Meeting

The 5th meeting

  • Date/Time: 11 October 2014 (Sat.) 10:00-17:30
  • Venue: Room 304 (Multimedia Conference Room), ILCAA
  • Language: English
  • Dwi Noverini Djenar (ILCAA Short Term Joint Researcher, The University of Sydney)
    “Free indirect discourse and referent tracking in Indonesian”
    Paul Julian Santiago (Osaka University)
    “Information structure, voice alternation and text genre in Kalanguya”
    Naonori NAGAYA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    “Another look at Tagalog question words”
    Naomi TSUKIDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Aichi Prefectural University)
    “Topic and Discourse in Seediq”
    All members
    Discussions
    “Text genre, voice alternation, topic and information structure”

The 4th meeting

  • Date/Time: 19 April 2014 (Sat.) 10:00-18:00
  • Venue: Room 306 (Multimedia Seminar Room), ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese
  • Atsuko UTSUMI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Meisei University)
    “Word Order and Text Genre in the Bantik Language”
    Asako SHIOHARA (ILCAA)
    “Definiteness Indication of NP in Indonesian”
    Kazuya INAGAKI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies)
    “Information Structure of Langages of Kalimantan”
    All members
    Discussions
    “Word Order and Information Structure”
    “Voice and Information Structure”

The 3rd meeting

  • International workshop on information structure of Austronesian languages
  • Date/Time : 13 December 2013 (Fri.) - 15 December 2013 (Sun.)
  • Venue : Room 303, ILCAA
  • Organized by Linguistic Dynamics Science Project (LingDy2)
  • Language: English
  • This workshop will primarily discuss the way information structure (e.g., sentence topic, sentence focus, definiteness of the NP) to be coded in the grammatical structure of the Austronesian languages.

    Co-ordinators: Atsuko UTSUMI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Meisei University) and Asako SHIOHARA (ILCAA)
  • 13 December
  • Nancy HEDBERG (Simon Fraser University)
    “Applying the Givenness Hierarchy Framework: Methodological Issues”
    Abstract (English)68KB
    Isabelle BRIL (LACITO-CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research))
    “Informational status and informational hierarchy in Natauran-Amis (Formosan)”
    Abstract (English)27KB
    Kunio NISHIYAMA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Ibaraki University)
    “The syntax of information structures in Lamaholot”
    Abstract (English)57KB
    Hiroko SATO (University of Hawai’i at Manoa)
    “Definiteness and specificity in Kove”
    Abstract (English)34KB
    Stefan SCHNELL (La Trobe University)
    “Topicalisation and pronominalisation across genres: A usage-based approach to left-dislocation and pronominal resumption in Vera’a(North Vanuatu)”
    Abstract (English)85KB
    Midori OSUMI (ILCAA Joint Researcher,Tokyo Woman’s Christian University)
    “Information Structure in Tinrin & Neku: topicalization, impersonal constructions, & passive”
    Abstract (English)63KB
    Masahiko NOSE (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Shiga University)
    “Information structure in Amele, Papua New Guinea”
    Abstract (English)16KB
    Yoshimi MIYAKE (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Akita University)
    “The information structure of Javanese narratives of experiences”
    Abstract (English)16KB
  • 14 December
  • Naomi TSUKIDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Aichi Prefectural University)
    “Topic and Focus in Seediq”
    Abstract (English)17KB
    Rik De BUSSER(National Chengchi University)
    “Information structure in Takivatan Bunun,with special attention to the role of ellipsis”
    Abstract (English)16KB
    Anja LATROUITE (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf)
    “Information Structure and Grammaticalization in Tagalog”
    Abstract (English)53KB
    Hiroaki KITANO(ILCAA Joint Researcher, Aichi University of Education) and Michael Raymon M. PANGILINAN (ILCAA)
    “Motivations for PAMANAKMUL AMANU ‘word swallowing’ in Kapampangan”
    Abstract (English)20KB
    Atsuko UTSUMI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Meisei University)
    “Newly introduced NPs, continuous topics, and contrastive topics in Bantik discourse”
    Abstract (English)20KB
    YANTI (Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia), Timothy MCKINNON (MPI EVA Jakarta, University of Delaware), Peter COLE (University of Delaware, MPI EVA Leipzig) and Gabriella HERMON (University of Delaware, MPI EVA Leipzig)
    Abstract (English)16KB
    “Marking Information Status in Tapus Minangkabau”
    John BOWDEN (Jakarta Field Station, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)
    “Towards an account of Colloquial Jakarta Indonesian information structure”
    Abstract (English)28KB
    Asako SHIOHARA (ILCAA)
    “Information structure and information status of Sumbawa, Indonesia”
    Abstract (English)17KB
  • 15 December
  • Daniel KAUFMAN (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Endangered Language Alliance)
    “Clefting and question formation across Indonesia”
    Abstract (English)17KB
    Kazuya INAGAKI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)
    “Information structure in Kadorih”
    Abstract (English)90KB
    Antonia SORIENTE (University of Naples “L’Orientale”)
    “Informations structure devices in Punan Tubu’”
    Abstract (English)64KB
    Discussion
    Closing
    Business meeting

The 2nd meeting

  • Date/Time: 6 October 2013 (Sun.) 10:00-17:00
  • Venue: Room 306 (Multimedia Seminar Room), ILCAA
  • Language: English
  • Masaki ONO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, University of Tsukuba)
    “On Epistemic and Communicative Levels of Thinking Verbs’”
    Kunio NISHIYAMA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Ibaraki University)
    “Information structure in Lamaholot”
    Hiroki NOMOTO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    “Review: Krifka (2008) Basic notions of information structure”
    All members
    Discussions

The 1st meeting

  • Date/Time: 20 April 2013 (Sat.) 9:30-18:00
  • Venue: Room 304 (Multimedia Conference Room), ILCAA
  • Speech by organizers
    Shigehiro KATO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Hokkaido University)
    “The Japanese language from the point of view of information structure - As a starting point of discussion.”
    Nobuko YONEDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University)
    “Information structure of the Matengo Language (Bantu, N13) - Conflict between informational restriction and syntactic restriction.”
    Naonori NAGAYA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    “Focus system and information structure of the Tagalog language.”
    All members
    Discussion

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