The NINJAL International Symposium "Approaches to Endangered Languages in Japan and Northeast Asia: Description, Documentation and Revitalization"

Project Title
Endangered Languages and Dialects in Japan
KIBE Nobuko (Professor, Language Variation Division, NINJAL)
August 6, 2018 (9:00-18:15)
August 7, 2018 (9:00-18:10)
August 8, 2018 (9:00-18:00)
Auditorium, National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL)
10-2 Midori-cho, Tachikawa City, Tokyo
LingDy3, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS)
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM)
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (S)

Call for papers (poster presentation session on Aug. 5 (Sun), 2018)

We invite graduate students and postdoctoral fellows working on documentation, description and/or revitalization of endangered languages to submit for a poster presentation session. See the link below for further details.

Purpose of the project

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 Institution 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.


6AUG (Mon)  Ryūkyū, Hachijō and Japanese

9:00Opening remarks

9:20-10:20Keynote Talk

John WHITMAN (Cornell University)

10:35-12:40Session 1Ryūkyū and Hachijō

Coordinator: KARIMATA Shigehisa (University of the Ryukyus), SHIMOJI Michinori (Kyushu University)

13:30-14:45Session 2Revitalization in Ryūkyū

Coordinator: YAMADA Masahiro (NINJAL)

15:00-17:00Session 3Japanese dialects

Coordinator: SASAKI Kan (Ritsumeikan University), KIBE Nobuko (NINJAL)

17:15-18:15Round Table

Chair: IWASAKI Shoichi (University of California, Los Angeles)

7AUG (Tues)  Ainu and Northeast Asia


9:05-10:05Keynote Talk

Juha JANHUNEN (University of Helsinki)

10:20-12:30Session 4The dispersal of Ainu and its contact with neighboring languages

Coordinator: Anna BUGAEVA (Tokyo University of Science)

13:30-14:30Keynote Talk

Ekaterina GRUZDEVA (University of Helsinki)

14:45-16:55Session 5Northeast Asia

Coordinator: KUREBITO Megumi (Toyama University)

17:10-18:10Round Table

Chair: John WHITMAN (Cornell University)

8AUG (Wed)  Documentation and Revitalization (in general)


9:05-10:05Keynote Talk

William O'GRADY (University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa)

10:20-12:30Session 6Documentation and Revitalization

Coordinator: SHIOHARA Asako, NAKAYAMA Toshihide (LingDy3, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)

13:30-14:30Keynote Talk

Mark TURIN (University of British Columbia)

14:45-15:45Keynote Talk

ŌHARA Yumiko (University of Hawai‘i at Hilo)

16:00-18:00Session 7Hawai‘i Nikkei collection

Coordinator: ASAHI Yoshiyuki (NINJAL)