The way speakers of different languages describe motion events has been one of the active research topics over the last three decades. The aim of this conference is to bring together the findings of researches done in different parts of the world to see what this fascinating area of study reveals about the nature of language typology and/or the issues of language and cognition.

Date: January 24 (Sat.) - 25 (Sun.), 2015
Venue: National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL)
10-2 Midori-cho, Tachikawa City, Tokyo. (Directions & Accommodation)
Organizers: Yo Matsumoto (NINJAL / Kobe U)
Prashant Pardeshi (NINJAL)


Guest speaker
  • Iraide Ibarretxe-Antuñano (University of Zaragoza)
  • Asifa Majid (Radboud University)
  • Teresa Cadierno (University of Southern Denmark)
Sessions and poster sessions

more details

Call For Papers

The acceptance of abstracts was closed.

Languages of the conference are English/Japanese.
Abstracts are accepted for 30-minute talks or for poster presentations.

Guidelines for Abstract Submission

The organizing committee welcomes proposals for presentations that suit the purpose of the conference. Applicants are requested to pay attention to the following guidelines:

Deadline for Abstracts

Deadline for abstracts: November 5, 2014.
Notification of acceptance of abstracts: November 10, 2014.

Submission Address

Only e-mail submission is accepted. Abstract and Author Information (see below) should be addressed to motionsymposium<at>
Contact the above e-mail address if you do not receive acknowledgment of receipt within a week.

Categories of Presentation

Applicants may choose either one of two categories: (1) oral presentation or (2) poster presentation.

Conference Languages

The language of presentation can be either Japanese or English. Write the abstract in the same language as the one the applicant intends to use for actual presentation.

Presentation Time

Each oral presentation will be 30 minutes in length.


Abstract in English should be one page, using 12 point font, plus an extra page for data and references. Abstract in Japanese should be two pages, using 10 point font, plus an extra page for data and references.
Specify the intended form of presentation, i.e., a) talk only, 2) poster only, 3) either talk or poster.


1) No changes in the title or the authors’ names will be possible after acceptance.
2) Each abstract should be accompanied with a separate sheet of paper that contains "author's information" as specified below.

Author Information Form

Please fill out one form completely for each author.

1) Category of presentation:
a. oral
b. poster
2) For those who apply for oral presentations.
If your paper is not selected for an oral presentation, please indicate whether or not you would be willing to have it considered as an alternate or for a poster presentation: a. Yes, consider me to poster presentation if possible.
b. No, do not consider as an alternative to poster presentation.
3) Paper Title:
4) Audiovisual requests (e.g. PowerPoint):
5) Full name (each author):
6) Affiliation (each author):
7) Studentship (if applicable):
8) E-mail address:


Registration Fee: Regular 1,000 (JPY), Student Free

Reception Fee: Regular 3,000 (JPY), Student 1,000 (JPY)

Registration was closed.