NINJAL Forums

In an effort to contribute actively not just to the scholarly community but to the larger society, the Institute sponsors the NINJAL Forum to keep the general public informed about the results of the research being carried out within the Institute and in collaboration with other institutions.

10th “The Marvels and Mysteries of Mimetics”

DateSaturday, January 21, 2017
VenueHitotsubashi Hall, Hitotsubashi University
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9th “Research on Japanese Language: 'How far we've progressed --- how much we've discovered!'”

DateSaturday, March 5, 2016
VenueHitotsubashi Hall, Hitotsubashi University
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8th “Kanji education across the world: Learning Japanese kanji”

DateSunday, September 21, 2014
VenueHitotsubashi Hall, Hitotsubashi University
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7th “How Modern Japanese came to be the way it is”

DateSunday, March 30, 2014
VenueHitotsubashi Hall, Hitotsubashi University
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6th “Japanese communication in a global society: Why learning Japanese is necessary”

DateSunday, March 10, 2013
VenueHitotsubashi Hall, Hitotsubashi University
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5th “Rediscovering the Japanese Language: What Japanese and the languages of the world teach us about each other”

DateSaturday, March 24, 2012
VenueHitotsubashi Memorial Hall, Hitotsubashi University
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In this forum Professor Tasaku Tsunoda heads a group specialists on the languages of Australia, Asia, and Africa. They discuss how seemingly unique features of Japanese, not found in English and other European languages, may be found in other languages as distant as the Philippines and Ethiopia. We rediscover what Japanese teaches about the languages of the world, and what the languages of the world teach us about Japanese.

4th “The Complexity and Fascination of Japanese Writing”

DateSunday,September 11,2011
VanueHitotsubashi Memorial Hall, Hitotsubashi University
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In this forum we welcome experts in publishing, broadcasting, psychology and language teaching to discuss the complexity and fascination of Japanese writing and to foresee future developments.

3rd “Preservation of Dialect Diversity in Japan”

DateSaturday,December 18,2010
VenueNadao Hall, Kasumigaseki
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Four panelists reported on the state of various languages and dialects, about the importance of preserving diversity in language, and held an open discussion forum.

2nd “Fusion of Teaching and Research in Japanese Language Education - Connecting the Past and the Future”

Date Sunday, March 21, 2010
VenueLecture Hall at NINJAL

The Institute held an academic forum consisting of two keynote lectures (by Professor Rod Ellis and Professor Senko K. Maynard) and two symposia ("Research on Japanese Communication Skills Needed for Learners" and "Empirical Research for Japanese Language Education").

1st “Future Perspectives on Japanese Linguistics”

DateFrom Saturday, October 10 to Monday, October 12, 2009
VenueLecture Hall at NINJAL

The Institute invited leading domestic and foreign scholars of Japanese language studies and linguistics and held an academic forum consisting of two keynote lectures and four symposia ("The Future of Phonetic Research," "The Future of Change and Variation Research," "The Future of Historical Research," and "The Future of Grammatical Research").