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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Exploration into the Mechanism of Language Change and Variation through the Dialogue between Theoretical Linguistics, Linguistic Typology, and Quantitative Linguistics

Exploration into the Mechanism of Language Change and Variation through the Dialogue between Theoretical Linguistics, Linguistic Typology, and Quantitative Linguistics

Keywords

  • language change and language variation
  • implicational universals
  • theoretical linguistics
  • linguistic typology
  • quantitative linguistics
  • interdisciplinary communication

Areas

  • Unspecified

Website

http://ling.human.is.tohoku.ac.jp/change/home.html

About the Project

Project term: April, 2021–March, 2024

  The structure of a language can undergo phonological, morphological, semantic, and syntactic changes. The micro-changes present within these larger changes are triggered by economic efficiency, innovation, linguistic contact, and additional factors. Over hundreds of years, these pressures can produce dramatic changes in a language. Intrinsically, a word’s phonological, morphological, semantic, and syntactic structures differ in their level of susceptibility to change; however, they interact with each other over long periods of time, which can cause a language to change at different speeds and to varying degrees. Therefore, this project systematically investigate the mechanisms that facilitate linguistic change and discusses how best to typologically classify languages in relation to language contact and change by collecting knowledge and data from researchers that specialize in various fields of linguistics, including theoretical linguistics (in particular: syntax, phonology, and semantics), linguistic typology, social linguistics, and historical linguistics.

Yoshiki OGAWA, Project Coordinator
(Professor, Tohoku University)

Members

Coordinator

  • Yoshiki OGAWA

ILCAA Staff

  • Toshihide NAKAYAMA

Joint Researchers

  • Hirofumi AOKI
  • Hiroshi AOYAGI
  • Yasuaki ISHIZAKI
  • Hideki KISHIMOTO
  • Masako MAEDA
  • So MIYAGAWA
  • Satoshi NAMBU
  • Hiroyuki NAWATA
  • Shinichiro SANO
  • Yosuke SATO
  • Michinori SHIMOJI
  • Koji SUGISAKI
  • Yasunori TAKAHASHI
  • Tomoyuki TANAKA
  • Hisaki TOKIZAKI
  • Tomohiro YANAGI
  • Nobuko YONEDA

Outputs

Meetings

The 8th meeting Report (Japanese)

  • Date/Time: Sun 18 Sep 2022 10:00–17:50
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Language: Japanese
  • Jointly sponsored by ILCAA, Linguistic Change and Variation Research Unit, GSIS, Tohoku University
  • Seven members in this project are going to make their own presentation for 35 minutes, which are followed by respective Q&A sessions for 15 minutes.

    10:05–10:55 So MIYAGAWA (Kyoto University)
    Lexical and Grammatical Borrowing through Language Contact with Greek in the History of the Egyptian Language
    11:00–11:50 Satoshi NAMBU (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Monash University)
    A quantitative approach to language variation: On case particle alternations
    13:00–13:50 Yosuke SATO (Tsuda University)
    Endogenous Computational Variability and Grammars in Competition
    13:55–14:45 Hiroyuki NAWATA (The University of Shimane)
    Where Did English Headed Wh-relatives Come from? : A Reconsideration of the Free Relative Origin Hypothesis
    14:50–15:40 Tomohiro YANAGI (Chubu University)
    Dative Noun Phrases and Floating Quantifiers in Old and Middle English
    16:00–16:50 Toshiro MORI (Nagoya University), Yuki TOJO (Nagoya University), Tomoyuki TANAKA (Nagoya University), Yuta TANAKA (Chubu University)
    Revisiting the Historical Development of the Get-Passive:New Evidence from Data in Early English Books Online Corpus
    16:55–17:45 Yoshiki OGAWA (Tohoku University)
    On the Lexical and Grammatical Constructionalization of V-Neg-V Complex Predicates
  • Pre-registration required.
  • Please refer to this website for pre-registration and the details.

The 7th meeting Report (Japanese)

  • Date/Time: Sun 24 Jul 2022 14:00–17:30
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Language: Japanese
  • Organized by ILCAA
  • Under the topic of “grammaticalization,” three members in this project are going to make their own presentation within 35 minutes, followed by respective Q&A sessions for 25 to 40 minutes.

    14:00–14:35 Yosuke SATO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tsuda University)
    “Neg Raising, Short-Circuited Implicature and Usage vs. Grammar: A Bridge Still That Far?”
    14:35–15:00
    Q&A
    15:05–15:40 Toshihide NAKAYAMA (ILCAA)
    “Expansion of a grammatical system: What development of a construction with and 'unacceptable' structure can tell us”
    15:40–16:25
    Q&A
    16:30–17:05 So MIYAGAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    “Grammaticalization from “Say” verb to polysemous conjunction in Egyptian-Coptic”
    17:05–17:30
    Q&A
    Discussant: Tomohiro YANAGI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Chubu University), Yoshiki OGAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tohoku University)

The 6th meeting Report (Japanese)

  • Date/Time: Sat 25 Jun 2022 14:00–17:30
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Language: Japanese
  • Organized by ILCAA
  • Under the topic of “theories of catergories,” three members in this project are going to make their own presentation within 35 minutes, followed by respective Q&A sessions for 30 minutes.

    14:00–14:35 Yoshiki OGAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tohoku University)
    Theories of Categories in Generative Grammar: With Special Reference to Prepositions
    14:35–15:05 Discussant: Hideki KISHIMOTO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kobe University)
    Q&A
    15:10–15:45 Nobuko YONEDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University)
    TBA
    15:45–16:20 Discussant: Yasuaki ISHIZAKI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyushu University)
    Q&A
    16:25–17:00 Michinori SHIMOJI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kobe University)
    TBA
    17:00–17:30 discussant: Hideki KISHIMOTO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kobe University), Yasuaki ISHIZAKI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyushu University), Yasunori TAKAHASHI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Nanzan University)
    Q&A

The 5th meeting Report (Japanese)

  • Date/Time: Tue 8 Mat 2022 10:20–17:05
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Language: Japanese
  • Admission: Free
  • Pre-registration is required. For registration, please see here.
  • Jointly sponsored by Linguistic Change and Variation Research Unit, GSIS, Tohoku University, Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science3 (LingDy3)”
  • Six members in this project are going to make their own presentation for 35 minutes, which are followed by respective Q&A sessions for 15 minutes.
    10:25-11:00 Yasuaki ISHIZAKI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Nanzan University)
    “On the Locative Alternation in Late Modern English”
    11:20-11:55 Masako MAEDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Seinan Gakuin University)
    “On the Syntactic Properties and Language Change of Ga/No-Nominative Conversion in the Hichiku Dialect”
    13:10-13:45 Nobuko YONEDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University)
    “Microvariation in subject properties across Bantu languages”
    14:05-14:40 Koji SUGISAKI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kwansei gakuin University)
    “UG and Child Language Acquisition: A Case Study on Wh-infinitives in Child English”
    15:15-15:50 Hisao TOKIZAKI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Sapporo University)
    “Linguistic Atlas and Linguistic Theory: Linguistic Atlas of Asia and WALS”
    16:10-16:45 Hideki KISHIMOTO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kobe University)
    “On contractions in auxiliary verb constructions”

The 4th meeting Report (Japanese)

  • Date/Time: Sun 12 Dec 2021 14:00–17:30
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Language: Japanese
  • Jointly sponsored by Linguistic Change and Variation Research Unit, GSIS, Tohoku University, Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science3 (LingDy3)”
  • 14:00-14:20 Satoshi NAMBU (ILCAA Joint Researcher,Monash University)
    Introduction to Variation Theory
    14:20-15:20 Satoshi NAMBU (ILCAA Joint Researcher,Monash University)
    “Corpus-based study on da-deletion in Japanese”
    15:25-16:25 Shinichiro SANO (ILCAA Joint Researcher,Keio University)
    “Overlap of phonological features and the effects of identity”
    16:30-17:30 All participants
    Discussion

The 3rd meeting/ The seventh workshop of the Linguistic Change and Variation Research Unit Report (Japanese)

  • Date/Time: Sun 5 Sep 2021 13:00–17:50 - Mon 6 Sep 2021 10:10–15:45
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Jointly sponsored by Linguistic Change and Variation Research Unit, GSIS, Tohoku University, Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science3 (LingDy3)”
  • This event is cosponsored by the Linguistic Change and Variation Research Unit, based in Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University. We will hold a two-day workshop in which 10 members of the colaborative project “Exploration into the Mechanism of Language Change and Variation through the Dialogue between Theoretical Linguistics, Linguistic Typology, and Quantitative Linguistics”will make their presentations. The meeting will be open for general audience, with the expectation of participation of a large number of audience from multiple fields and active discussion between them and the speakers.

  • For the program, please visit here.
  • Language: Japanese
  • Admission: Free
  • Pre-registration required.
  • Please refer to this website for pre-registration and the details.

The 2nd meeting Report (Japanese)

  • Date/Time: Sun 18 Jul 2021 14:00–17:30
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Language: Japanese
  • Jointly sponsored by Linguistic Change and Variation Research Unit, GSIS, Tohoku University, Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science3 (LingDy3)”
  • Five speakers among the members will deliver a talk about the definition of “words” and analyses of “compounds” in the field they each belong, followed by intensive discussions.

    1. Yoshiki OGAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyushu University)
    “a view from generative syntax and diachronic construction grammar”
    2. Hisao TOKIZAKI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Sapporo University)
    “a view from syntax-phonology interfaces”
    3. Yosuke SATO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tsuda University)
    “a view from Distribute Morphology”
    4. Michinori SHIMOJI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyushu University)
    “a view from typologist: with special reference to the Miyako language”
    5. Toshihide NAKAYAMA (ILCAA)
    “a view from usage-based model”

The 1st meeting Report (Japanese)

  • Date/Time: Sun 30 May 2021 14:00–18:00
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Language: Japanese
  • Jointly sponsored by Linguistic Change and Variation Research Unit, GSIS, Tohoku University, Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science3 (LingDy3)”
  • Two talks were delivered by the project members, followed by comments by three discussants that had been allotted in advance. Thereafter, we had active discussions on the issue of grammaticalization in general.

    Speaker 1: Yosuke SATO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tsuda University)
    “Crossed-Control in Indonesian: When Passive Morphology Meets Auxiliarization”
    Speaker 2:Yoshiki OGAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tohoku University)
    “The Grammaticalization of Hituyoo ‘Necessity’ and Its Categorial Ambiguity: What It Implies for the Typology of Possession Verbs”
    Discussants: Tomoyuki TANAKA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Nagoya University), Yasuaki ISHIZAKI (ILCAA JointResearcher, Nanzan Univerisity), Hirofumi AOKI (ILCAA JointResearcher, Kyushu University)

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