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ILCAA Joint Research Project

The Case-marking Systems in Ryukyuan: A Typological Survey

The case-marking systems in Ryukyuan: a typological survey

Keywords

  • Ryukyuan
  • case alignment
  • marked nominative
  • split intransitivity

Areas

  • Japan (Ryukyu archipelago)

Website

https://sites.google.com/site/ryutyp/

About the Project

Project term: April, 2015–March, 2018

This study is a typological survey of the case-marking system of Ryukyuan, an endangered group of Japonic languages spoken in Japan. By examining twelve or more Ryukyuan languages which are genealogically and geographically diverse, the study aims to make generalizations about the basic alignment types observed in the Ryukyuan languages and how they developed into the way they are. A special focus will be put on the so-called “marked nominative (M-NOM)” alignment type, which is claimed to be very rare cross-linguistically but which seems to be widespread in Ryukyuan. The study will address the fundamental issue of whether the ostensibly M-NOM pattern in Ryukyuan should really be analysed as such, and if not, how they are situated within the typology of alignment. If they turn out to be a true example of M-NOM, more important questions arise where such a system came from and how it developed.

Michinori SHIMOJI, Project Coordinator (Associate Professor, Kyushu University)

Members

Coordinator

  • Michinori SHIMOJI (Kyushu University)

ILCAA Staff

  • Toshihide NAKAYAMA

Joint Researchers

  • Hayato AOI
  • Reiko ASO
  • Christopher Davis
  • Soichiro HARADA
  • Satomi MATAYOSHI
  • Natsuko NAKAGAWA
  • Yuto NIINAGA
  • Hiromi SHIGENO
  • Michinori SHIMOJI
  • Rihito SHIRATA
  • Nana TOHYAMA

Outputs

Meetings

The 5th meeting

  • Date/Time: Sat 19 Nov 2016 14:00–18:30, Sun 20 Nov 2016 10:00–15:00
  • Venue: Room 405, ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese
  • 19 Nov
  • Rihito SHIRATA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, University of the Ryukyus)
    Kikaijima dialect
    Akiko TOKUNAGA (Hitotsubashi University)
    Okierabu dialect
    Satomi MATAYOSHI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Okayama University)
    Tsukenjima dialect
    Hiromi SHIGENO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Hiroshima University of Economics)
    Amami-oshima dialect
  • 20 Nov
  • Reiko ASO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    Haterumajima dialect
    Hayato AOI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyushu University)
    Taramajima dialect
    Celik KENAN (Kyoto University)
    Miyako dialects
    All members
    Discussion

The 4th meeting

  • Date/Time: Sat 4 Jun 2016 14:00–18:00, Sun 5 Jun 2016 10:00–16:00
  • Venue: Room 304, ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese
  • 4 Jun
  • Michinori SHIMOJI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyushu University)
    Introduction
    Natsuko NAKAGAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Chiba University)
    ”Shiraho Yaeyama”
    Yuka HAYASHI (Osaka University /JSPS Research Fellow)
    ”Ikema Miyako”
    All members
    Interim discussion
  • 5 Jun
  • Yuto NIINAGA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Seijo University)
    ”Kudaka Okinawa”
    Nana TOHYAMA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, University of the Ryukyus)
    ”Shuri Okinawa”
    All members
    Discussion

The 3rd meeting

  • Date/Time: Sat 9 Jan 2016 14:00–18:00, Sun 10 Jan 2016 10:00–16:00
  • Venue: Room 405, ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese
  • 9 Jan
  • Michinori SHIMOJI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyushu University)
    ”Subject marking in natural discourse: Irabu”
    Reiko ASO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    ”Subject marking in natural discourse: Hateruma”
    Hiromi SHIGENO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Hiroshima Keizai University)
    ”Subject marking in natural discourse: Ura”
    All members
    Notices
  • 10 Jan
  • Yuto NIINAGA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Seijo University)
    ”Subject marking in natural discourse: Yuwan”
    All members
    Discussion

The 2nd meeting

  • Date/Time: Sat 10 Oct 2015 14:00–18:00, Sun 11 Oct 2015 10:00–14:30
  • Venue: Room 304, ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese
  • 10 Oct
  • Natsuko NAKAGAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Chiba University)
    ”Zero case marking in Japanese”
    Reiko ASO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    ”Case marking in Hateruma Ryukyuan”
    Shigehisa KARIMATA (University of Ryukyus)
    ”Case marking in Koki Ryukyuan”
    All members
    Notices
  • 11 Oct
  • Yuto NIINAGA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Seijo University)
    ”Object marking in Amami Ryukyuan”
    Michinori SHIMOJI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyushu University)
    ”Focus marking and case marking”
    All members
    Discussion

The 1st meeting

  • Date/Time: Sat 9 May 2015 13:30–17:30, Sun 10 May 2015 10:00–15:00
  • Venue: Room 304, ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese
  • 9 May
  • Michinori SHIMOJI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyushu University)
    Project definition
    Rihito SHIRATA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, University of the Ryukyus) and Natsuko NAKAGAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Chiba University)
    Literature review
    All members
    Discussion
  • 10 May
  • Soichiro HARADA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Yonaguni-cho)
    Case-study 1 Kuroshima
    Yuto NIINAGA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Seijo University)
    Case-study 2 Kudaka
    All members
    Discussion

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