For the past four years, members of the joint research project "Typological and Historical/Comparative Research on the Languages of the Japanese Archipelago and its Environs" headquartered at the National Institute of Japanese Language and Linguistics have focused on the typological similarities and differences of the languages of Northeast Asia, and diachronic explanations for how they have come to be the way they are. One central motivation of the project has been to explore whether the Northeast Asian region coheres as a linguistic area. We are honored to be joined at this international symposium to be joined by colleagues from Hokkaido University and Helsinki University to explore the differences and commonalities of languages and language families in the region, including Ainu, Alutor, Japanese, Korean, Nivkh, Tungusic, and Yukaghir.

Hosted by:

National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL)

Center for Northern Humanities, Hokkaido University Graduate School of Letters

Center for Ainu & Indigenous Studies, Hokkaido University

Helsinki Area & Language Studies Initiative, University of Helsinki

August 20-21, 2015

Hokkaido University, Humanities and Social Sciences Classroom Building, W201

Registration not required

August 20 (Thu.)

10:00 - 10:20 Registration

10:20 - 10:30 Welcome

- Session 1 (Chair John Whitman)

10:30 - 11:00
Ergativity in Kolyma Yukaghir nominalizations (abstract)
Iku Nagasaki (NINJAL)

11:00 - 11:30
Argument nominalization Alutor
Yukari Nagayama (Hokkaido University)

11:30 - 12:00
On the possibility of community based dispersive Ainu language archives network (abstract)
Itsuji Tangiku (Center for Ainu & Indigenous Studies, Hokkaido University) & Takayuki Hashimoto (Center for Ainu & Indigenous Studies, Hokkaido University)

- Session 2 (Chair Hidetoshi Shiraishi)

13:30 - 14:00
Noun incorporation and the problem of accent assignment in Ainu
Tomomi Satō (Hokkaido University)

14:00 - 14:30
The age of polysynthesis in Ainu
Anna Bugaeva (NINJAL)

14:30 - 15:00
On the special features of the Shimdt peninsula dialect of Nivkh (abstract)
Ekaterina Gruzdeva (University of Helsinki)

- Session 3 (Chair Ekaterina Gruzdeva)

15:30 - 16:00
Stress-dependent height harmony in Nivkh (abstract)
Hidetoshi Shiraishi (Sapporo Gakuin University) & Bert Botma (Leiden University)

16:00 - 16:30
On the historical origin and typological context of the Ainu possessive form (abstract)
Juha Janhunen (University of Helsinki)

August 21 (Fri.)

10:10 - 10:30 Registration

- Session 4 (Chair Iku Nagasaki)

10:30 - 11:00
On the Silverstein's hierlarchy from the viewpoint of linguistic area and linguistic typology
Shinjiro Kazama (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)

11:00 - 11:30
Third person markings on the finite indicative forms in Tungusic (abstract)
Sangyub Baek (Hokkaido University)

11:30 - 12:00
Manchu dialect diversity and its implications for Tungusic reconstruction (abstract)
Andrew Joseph (Cornell University)

- Session 5 (Chair Anna Bugaeva)

13:30 - 14:10
Suffixes vs. Enclitics in Japanese Grammar, with a time-honoured scriptura continua
Osahito Miyaoka (Kyoto University emeritus)

14:10 - 14:40
A preliminary list of features for a typological database of Northeast Asian (and North Pacific) languages
John Whitman (NINJAL / Cornell University) & Yohei Ono

14:40 - 15:10
Looking anew at data old and long established (abstract)
Alfred F. Majewicz (Adam Mickiewicz University)

15:10 - 15:30
Concluding remarks
John Whitman

Hokkaido University, Humanities and Social Sciences Classroom Building, W201 (北海道大学人文・社会科学総合教育研究棟W201)
Kita 10, Nishi 7, Kita-ku, Sapporo(札幌市北区北10条西7丁目)
- 10 minutes walk from Sapporo Station(JR札幌駅から徒歩約10分)
- 10 minutes walk from Kitajuunijou Station(地下鉄南北線北12条駅から徒歩約10分)