Scholarship Promotion / International Development

Academic Cooperation between NINJAL and University of Oxford (England)

The National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL) has signed an agreement of academic exchange with the University of Oxford’s Humanities Division.

At the signing ceremony on July 2nd, 2015, Dr. Bjarke Frellesvig, Head of Oriental Studies and of the Research Centre for Japanese Language and Linguistics at Oxford, Dr. Taro Kageyama, Director of NINJAL, and four others were in attendance.

The aim of this agreement is to promote linguistic research on the Japanese language not just in Japan and Britain but also on the global scale by expanding the previous cooperation limited to the research on Old Japanese corpora to a broader range of academic exchanges including the fostering of young researcher working on Japanese at the two institutions by providing them with more opportunities for studying at the other institution.

The two institutions have agreed to explore fully the possibilities for launching new joint research projects, and NINJAL has high hopes that the agreement will be play a significant role in strengthening its international network for the expansion of Japanese language research.

Academic Cooperation between NINJAL and Beijing Centre for Japanese Studies
(June 2014)

The National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL) has signed an agreement of academic exchange with the Beijing Centre for Japanese Studies.

Those in attendance included Dr. Hua Guofeng (President of the Beijing Centre for Japanese Studies), Dr. Taro Kageyama (Director of NINJAL), and Dr. Kumiko Sakoda (Head of the Center for JSL Research and Information at NINJAL). After the agreement was signed, they discussed the theme for future collaborative research, which has the provisional title "Research Based on Longitudinal Corpus Data from Chinese-Speaking JSL Learners."

The Beijing Centre for Japanese Studies is a graduate-level research institute established in 1985 and developed jointly by the Japan Foundation and the Chinese Ministry of Education.

Academic Cooperation between NINJAL and ILAS

The National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL) and the Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica (ILAS) have signed a memorandum of academic cooperation.
Following the speeches of Dr. Fan-Sen Wang, Vice President of Academia Sinica, Dr. Chiu-yu Tseng, Director of ILAS, and Dr. Taro Kageyama, Director of NINJAL, a signing ceremony was held on March 7th at Academia Sinica's Institute of Linguistics in Taipei.

By signing this memorandum, both institutions have expressed their agreement to organize a range of scholarly activities together, including the exchange of researchers, international conferences, and various collaborative projects in linguistics and related fields, as well as their dedication to "the pursuit of furthering linguistic research in East Asia".

Academia Sinica, the most prominent academic institution in the Republic of China, consists of over 30 research institutions, including the Institute of Linguistics, and supports research activities in a wide variety of disciplines, ranging from mathematical and physical sciences, to life sciences, and to humanities and social sciences.

Academic Cooperation between NINJAL and De Gruyter Mouton (Berlin)

NINJAL has made an agreement of academic cooperation with De Gruyter Mouton, a world leading publishing company reputed for high-quality linguistics books and journals.

As a starter,the Handbooks of Japanese Language and Linguistics series is in preparation. This series, comprising eleven volumes with about 700 pages per volume, surpasses all currently available reference works on Japanese in both scope and depth, and provides a comprehensive survey of nearly the entire field of Japanese linguistics.

Upcoming publications under the agreement of academic cooperation include the following :

  • Valency and Transitivity Alternations: Studies on Japanese and Beyond,
    edited by Taro Kageyama and Wesley M. Jacobsen.

Academic exchange with Max Planck Institute, Germany and University of Oxford, England
(September 27 , 2010 - October 5, 2010)

As part of NINJAL's scholarship promotion and international development project, the current director of NINJAL, Taro KAGEYAMA, visited the German Federal Republic's Max Planck Institute and England's University of Oxford.

On September 28, 2010, Director Kageyama had a meeting with Director Bernard Comrie of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, and based on the results of previous research exchanges, they agreed that both research centers would continue to actively exchange scholarship in the future.

Next, on October 2, Director Kageyama met with Director Bjarke Frellesvig of the Research Centre for Japanese Language and Linguistics (Oriental Institute, University of Oxford) about the construction of a premodern Japanese corpus, and they agreed that both research centers would collaborate research and deepen the exchange.

On the previous day, October 1, the Director attended a workshop for the premodern Japanese corpus* project based at the University of Oxford, and introduced his project of building a historical corpus based on the modern Japanese corpus. Also, at the JAPANESE/KOREAN Linguistics Conference, organized by the same university, he presented the keynote speech, "Distorted argument realization in agent incorporation" (10:00 am - 11:00am Friday, October 1, 2010).

*A corpus refers to a database for linguistic research, where data are systematically gathered, and information for research is added.