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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Reconsideration of the tonal typology of Japonic languages

Reconsideration of the tonal typology of Japonic languages

Keywords

  • Japonic languages
  • Bantu languages
  • restricted tone systems
  • intragenetic typology

Areas

  • East Asia (mainly Japan)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

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About the Project

Project term: April, 2021–March, 2024

  This research project will discuss various tonal systems and phenomena observed among Japonic languages by incorporating knowledge of cross-linguistic studies on tonal languages into existing research on the accents of Japonic languages. Specifically, this research project seeks to (1) reinterpret traditional descriptions by considering the word-prosodic systems of Japonic languages as restricted tone systems; (2) redefine terms and concepts unique to the theory of Japanese accentology in the context of general linguistics; and build a typology which enables researchers to understand the diversity of tonal systems among Japonic languages.

Hayato AOI, Project Coordinator
(Research Associate, ILCAA)

Members

Coordinator

  • Hayato AOI (ILCAA)

ILCAA Staff

  • Daisuke SHINAGAWA
  • Keita KURABE

Joint Researchers

  • Kenan CELIK
  • Tatsuya HIRAKO
  • Shu HIRATA
  • Kunihiko KUROKI
  • Kohei MATSUKURA
  • Yosuke MIKI
  • Kohei NAKAZAWA
  • Rihito SHIRATA

Outputs

Meetings

The 6th meeting

  • Date/Time: Thu 8 Sep 2022 10:30–16:30
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Language: Japanese
  • Organized by Core Project “Description and Documentation of Language Dynamics in Asia and Africa: Toward a More In-depth Understanding of the Languages and Cultures of People Living in Asia and Africa” (DDDLing)
  • 1. Shu HIRATA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Musashino University)
    "Reinterpretation of the tonology of the Owase dialect of Mie"
    2. Rihito SHIRATA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Hiroshima University)
    "Metrical units in the Onotsu dialect of Kikai Ryukyuan: With a focus on compound verbs"
    3. All participants
    General discussion

The 5th meeting Report (Japanese)

  • Date/Time: Sun 10 Jul 2022 13:00–17:00
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Language: Japanese
  • Organized by Core Project “Description and Documentation of Language Dynamics in Asia and Africa: Toward a More In-depth Understanding of the Languages and Cultures of People Living in Asia and Africa” (DDDLing)
  • 1. Kohei MATSUKURA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kanazawa University)
    “What is the TBU in the Ikeda dialect, the mora or the foot?”
    2. Kunihiko KUROKI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kobe Shoin Women's University), Ryuichi TAKI (The University of Tokyo, JSPS)
    “What forms exceptional pitch patterns in the word-tone system of Japanese?”
    3. All participants
    General discussion

The 4th meeting Report (Japanese)

  • Date/Time: Sat 12 Mar 2022 13:30–17:30
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Language: Japanese
  • Organized by Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science3 (LingDy3)”
  • 1. All participants
    Annual reports (the 1st year)
    2. All participants
    Planning (the 2nd year)

The 3rd meeting Report (Japanese)

  • Date/Time: Sun 19 Dec 2021 10:30-16:30
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Language: Japanese
  • Jointly sponsored by Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science3 (LingDy3)”, Grant-in-Aid for Challenging Research (Exploratory) “Case as a Grammatical Category in Japanese and Ryukyuan Languages” (Principal Investigator: Shiro TAKEUCHI (Seijo University) Project Number: 20K20704)
  • 1. Keita KURABE (ILCAA)
    “Overview of tone in Mainland Southeast Asian languages”
    2. Shiro TAKEUCHI (Seijo University)
    “Accent and prosody of phrases in Miyagi-Toyoma dialect with particular reference to occurrence of a rising kernel accent and the proto-accent system of Hokuo dialects”
    3. Kunihiko KUROKI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kobe Shoin Womenʼs University)
    “Tonal formation of verbs in Japanese dialects with pitch accent: A distinctive fall in pitch within a verb stem”
    4. All participants
    General discussion

The 2nd meeting Report (Japanese)

  • Date/Time: Sat 7 Aug 2021 10:00–17:00
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Language: Japanese
  • Jointly sponsored by Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science3 (LingDy3)”, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) “Fieldwork on the accent systems of Miyako Ryukyuan, the Southern Ryukyuan languages” (Tetsuo NITTA (Kanazawa University) Project number: 20H01259)
  • 1. Daisuke SHINAGAWA (ILCAA)
    “Overview of Bantu Tonology”
    2. Tatsuya HIRAKO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Nanzan University)
    “Rereading de Boer (2010)”
    3. Hayato AOI (ILCAA Research Associate, NINJAL)
    “Word-prosody of the Tarama dialect of Miyako Ryukyuan: Pitch-accent or privative tone language?”
    4. Celik KENAN (ILCAA Joint Researcher, NINJAL)
    “Accent systems of Miyako Ryukyuan: Review and perspective”
    5. All participants
    General discussion

The 1st meeting Report (Japanese)

  • Date/Time: Sun 9 May 2021 13:00–16:00
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Language: Japanese
  • Organized by Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science3 (LingDy3)”
  • Hayato AOI (ILCAA Research Associate/ NINJAL)
    Introduction
    All participants
    General discussion

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