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Field Linguistics Workshops

ILCAA offers various workshops on "field linguistics", aimed especially at graduate and post-graduate students and junior scholars.

Workshops offered are mostly but not exclusively on documentation and description of underdocumented languages. They are complementary to courses offered at universities in Japan, thereby filling the gaps in the training of young linguists -- an important role of ILCAA.

At most of the Field Linguistics Workshops, participants are required to bring their original data, i.e., data obtained through their original field research. The instructors give guidance, but the participants also learn from each other, through sharing their ideas and experience.

ILCAA maintains a young scholars group called "Fieldling". Members of Fieldling can make requests about workshops on certain areas or on certain topics of field linguistics; many of the requests are conceptualized and conducted at ILCAA. This is a way of answering and meeting the needs of young scholars community.

There are three series of workshops under Field Linguistics Workshops:

Documentary Linguistics Workshop
Annually held a week-long intensive workshop and related workshops on language documentation.
Grammatical Studies Workshops
Workshops on various grammatical topics.
Technical Workshops
Workshops on technical issues concerning field linguistics, such as managing and processing linguistic data.


Other workshops

Field Linguistics Workshop “Presentations of Master's Theses on Field Linguistics”
[open]

  • Date/Time: Fri 18 Mar 2022 13:00–16:00
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Language: English
  • Admission: Free
  • Organized by Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science3 (LingDy3)”
  • In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a major shift in the format of research meetings from face-to-face to online. While this has greatly helped to break down geographical barriers, it has also created a new barrier for postgraduate students who are looking to join the research community and build networks with other researchers. In order to solve this problem as much as possible, we are organizing a joint online presentation of master's theses for those who have submitted their master's theses and are thinking of becoming a researcher, with the aim of exchanging information, building networks and supporting research among researchers. We look forward to receiving applications from those who meet the presentation requirements.

    We are waiting for your applications.

  • For details, please check the link (This online meeting will be held in Japanese)


Previous Field Linguistics Workshops

Field Linguistics Workshop “Presentations of Master's Theses on Field Linguistics”

  • Date/Time: Fri 19 Mar 2021 10:00–16:00
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Organized by Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science3 (LingDy3)”
  • Under the pandemic of the COVID-19, it has become extremely difficult to hold face-to-face academic conferences. This situation prevents graduate students from building networks between researchers. In order to solve this problem as much as possible, we hold an online meeting for graduate students who have just submitted their master’s theses on field linguistics this year. We would like participants to build a researchers’ network through this meeting.

  • 13:00–13:10 Opening remarks
  • 13:15–13:35 Shun NAKAMOTO (National Autonomous University of Mexico) “Mazatec tonology: San Bartolomé Ayautla (Tonología mazateca: San Bartolomé Ayautla)”
  • 13:40–14:00 Aoi MATSUOKA (Kyushu University) “A Sketch Grammar of the Yanagawa dialect of Fukuoka Japanese”
  • 14:05–14:25 Hiroshi MIYAOKA (Kyushu University) “Cross-dialectal generalization of the analogical change of vowel-stem to r-stem inflection in Japanese dialects: From the viewpoints of the stem-final vowels, the stem length, and the function of following suffixes”
  • 14:40–15:00 Cing Ngaih Lian (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies) “On -tà/-hmà clauses in colloquial Burmese”
  • 15:05–15:25 Yuki KAWABATA (Kyoto University) “Temporal adverbs for denoting immediate past in Korean”
  • 15:30–15:50 Chenjie YE (Kyoto Univesity) “Derivation and inflection in Korean: A study of the adjective adverbialiser “-i””
  • 15:55–16:00 All participants Concluding remarks

[Postponed]
Field Linguistics Workshop “Spring Field Linguistics Festa”

  • [This workshop has been postponed]
  • Date/Time:
    Wed 26 Feb 2020 14:00–17:00, Thu 27 - Fri 28 Feb 2020 10:30–16:00
  • Venue: Room 304 (Multimedia Conference Room), ILCAA
  • Organized by Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science3 (LingDy3)”
  • 26 Feb
    Public lecture “Various attempts for dictionary compilation”
    [open: No pre-registration is needed.]

    14:00-14:10
    Opening
    14:10-15:00 Izumi HOSHI (ILCAA)
    “Building a Thesaurus of Cultural Vocabulary Collaboratively: In Case of a Dictionary of Tibetan Pastoralism”
    15:10-16:00 Alexander Coupe (Nanyang Technological University)
    “On creating dictionaries for unwritten languages: fieldwork methodologies for community-based dictionary workshops”
    16:10-17:00 David Moeljadi (Palacký University Olomouc)
    “Building and Developing the Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia (KBBI) Indonesian Dictionary Database”

    27 Feb
    Workshop on language documentation
    [open: Pre-registration is required.]

    10:30-11:15 Asako SHIOHARA (ILCAA)
    “Principle and practice of language documentation” (lecture)
    11:15-12:00 Norikazu KOGURA (ILCAA)
    “How to make good recordings” (lecture and hands-on session)
    13:00-14:30 Norikazu KOGURA (ILCAA)
    “How to manage Data management for field linguistics” (lecture and hands-on session)
    14:45-16:00 Asako SHIOHARA (ILCAA)
    “How to use Elan, a data annotation software” (lecture and hands-on session)

    28 Feb AM
    Workshop on Methods to visualize your research
    [open: Pre-registration is required.]

    10:30–11:00 Hayato AOI (ILCAA Research Associate, National Institute for Japanese Languages and Linguistics)
    “Three questions to design better slides”
    11:00–12:30 Tomoyo OTSUKI (ILCAA Research Associate)
    “Creating more effective visual presentations”

    28 Feb PM
    Spring Inter-University Seminarh
    [Not open to the public.]


  • Language: English (26 Feb), Japanese (27-28 Feb)
  • Admission: Free
  • Pre-registration is required.
    For the pre-registration details, please see here (617KB) (in Japanese).

Field Linguistics Workshop (Special gathering)

  • Date/Time: 24 March 2016 (Thu.) 10:00-18:00
  • Venue: Room 304 (Multimedia Conference Room), ILCAA
  • 1. 10:00-12:00 Invited lectures Part1
  • Yukinori KIMOTO (Kyoto University)
    “Using ELAN in language documentation: a case of the Arta documentation project”
    Kentaro SUGANUMA (Kyushu University/JSPS Research Fellow)
    “Modern Uyghur phonology: A study on the phonological differences between native words and loanwords”
  • 2. 13:20-14:20 Lectures by research associates
  • Hiroyuki UMETANI (ILCAA Research Associate)
    “The difference between “clitics” and “fuzokugo (bound words)””
    Shiho EBIHARA (ILCAA Research Associate)
    “Fieldwork in Tibetan Pastoral Area”
  • 3. 14:30-15:30 Lightning talks
  • Hideyuki ONISHI (Graduate school, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    Susumu OKAMOTO (Graduate school, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    Keita KURABE (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies/JSPS Research Fellow)
    Shu HIRATA (ILCAA Research Associate)
    Yohei YAMADA (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies/JSPS Research Fellow)
  • 4. 16:00-18:00 Invited lectures Part2
  • Daisuke EBINA (Kobe Yamate University)
    “Contact between Quechua and Aymara”
    Kazuyuki KIRYU (Mimasaka University)
    “An outline of the Meche language and the compilation and application of a dictionary of Meche: a case of data processing and appliaction”
  • Language: Japanese
  • Admission: Free
  • No pre-registration is needed.

Field Linguistics Workshop Follow-up Sessions

ILCAA offers follow-up sessions to support the participants of each Field Linguistics Workshops.

At the follow-up sessions for Documentary Linguistics Workshop and the Technical Workshops, we will cover topics concerning linguistic data management, such as the use of text editors, unicode fonts, input methods, regular expression, grep, metadata, comma-separated values file, and Toolbox.

Follow-up sessions for the Grammatical Studies Workshops are in plans.

Field Linguistics Workshop Follow-up Session 3

The application was closed.

Date/Time:13 May 2011 (Fri.) 16:00-17:30
Venue:Room 304 (Multimedia Conference Room), ILCAA
Lecturer: Hideo SAWADA (ILCAA), Iku NAGASAKI (ILCAA) 
Details: This session is held as a follow-up for the participants of Toolbox WS (2010/07/11), ELAN WS (2010/07/19), Perl WS (2010/12/04) and DocLing WS (2010/02/02-05,2011/02/19-24).
In each session, we will cover topics concerning lingusitic data management, e.g., text editors, unicode fonts, input methods, regular expression, grep, metadata, comma-separated values file, and Toolbox (individual practice/consultation).
Language: Japanese
Report(Japanese): (70KB)

Field Linguistics Workshop Follow-up Session 2

Date/Time:7 October 2010 (Thu.) 16:30-18:00
Venue:Room 306 (Multimedia Seminar Room), ILCAA
Lecturer: Hideo SAWADA (ILCAA), Iku NAGASAKI (ILCAA) 
Details:Regular Expressions for Beginners
Report(Japanese): (75KB)

Field Linguistics Workshop Follow-up Session 1

Date/Time:30 July 2010 (Fri.) 16:30-18:00
Venue:Seminar room, ILCAA
Lecturer: Hideo SAWADA (ILCAA), Iku NAGASAKI (ILCAA) 
Details:
(1) Using text editors
(2) Unicode fonts for IPA
(3) Individual consultation for Toolbox users
The session is conducted in Japanese.
Report(Japanese): (134KB)





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