Approaches to Endangered Languages in Japan and Northeast Asia: Description, Documentation and Revitalization

Purpose of the Symposium

Many under-described languages in the world are in danger of extinction. UNESCO reports in 2009 that there are eight such languages in Japan; Ainu, Hachijo, Amami, Kunigami, Okinawa, Miyako, Yaeyama, and Yonaguni. Importantly, many Japanese traditional dialects are also in danger of extinction.

The National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics and the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies are hosting an international symposium on the description, documentation and revitalization of the endangered languages/dialects in Japan and Northeast Asia. We hope that researchers working on endangered languages both in Japan and elsewhere can enjoy this symposium.


Aug. 3, 2018
Resumes have been uploaded.
Jul. 30, 2018
Dr. Thomas Pellard (CNRS) has kindly accepted to give a keynote talk on the Day 1(Aug.6)! [More info]
Jul. 20, 2018
Prof. John Whitman's talk (Day 1: Aug.6) has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
Jul. 18, 2018
Abstracts have been uploaded.
Jul. 7, 2018
Early-bird registration is now closed.
Jun. 27, 2018
Program page updated!
Jun. 01, 2018
Conference Homepage updated!