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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Exploration into Dynamicity of Grammar (1): Multiplicity and Distributedness in Grammar

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Keywords

  • Usage-based approach
  • grammatical theory
  • natural discourse

Areas

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Website

https://sites.google.com/site/toshinaklab/coproj/prjmultig

About the Project

Project term: April, 2017–March, 2020

This project examines the reality and the nature of structural diversity within a grammatical system and considers the implications of this internal multiplicity for the general theory of grammar. Grammar is commonly assumed to take shape as an integrated system of general patterns. This integrated view has been serving as a dominant metaphor in our approach to grammar. Thus, the question of contextual variation has almost never been given serious treatment in the theoretical study of the grammatical system. The observed variations have typically been considered to be superficial, peripheral, and unessential phenomena that do not have any relevance to how the system of grammar is built. This project questions this integrated view and explores an alternative view of grammar where grammar is thought to consist of multiple overlapping but separate systems. According to this view, the observed structural variations are direct reflections of multiplicity in grammar. We will explore this multiplicity in grammar by examining two different kinds of contextual variations: (1) variations with respect to major structural principles including word order and grammatical markings and (2) subregularities found in the system (i.e., patterns and regularities that are local to a particular genre or context).

Toshihide NAKAYAMA, Project Coordinator (Professor, ILCAA)

Members

Coordinator

  • Toshihide NAKAYAMA (ILCAA)

ILCAA Staff

  • Makoto MINEGISHI
  • Tokusu KUREBITO

Joint Researchers

  • Hayato AOI
  • Takashi HAMADA
  • Fumino HORIUCHI
  • Atsuhiko KATO
  • Shigehiro KATO
  • Kumiko NAKAYAMA
  • Tsuyoshi ONO
  • Naoki OTANI
  • Michinori SHIMOJI
  • Ryoko SUZUKI
  • Yasunori TAKAHASHI
  • Hiroko TAKANASHI
  • Wei WU
  • Rika YAMASHITA
  • Yu YANAGIMURA
  • Noboru YOSHIOKA

Outputs

Meetings

The 1st meeting

  • Date/Time: Sat 7 Oct 2017 13:00–18:00,Sun 8 Oct 2017 10:00–13:00
  • Venue: Room 405, ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese
  • Organized by Linguistic Dynamics Science 3 (LingDy3)
  • 7 Oct
  • Toshihide NAKAYAMA (ILCAA)
    Introduction: Objectives of the project
    Hayato AOI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, ILCAA Research Associate and NINJAL)
    “Multiple Grammar model and its theoretical impliactions”
    Fumino HORIUCHI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Keio University)
    “Multiplicity in grammar as observed in everyday conversation in Japanese”
    All members
    Reports on variations in linguistic patterns (1)
    All members
    Open discussion: Issues raised by multiplicity in grammar
  • 8 Oct
  • All members
    Reports on variations in linguistic patterns (2)
    All members
    Open discussion: Grammar research that takes multiplicity into account

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