2009 News and events

Christmas Party

On 4 December 2009 the Centre held its first Christmas party. The event was attended by approximately fifty guests, including Centre and Oriental Institute members, graduate students, and undergraduates studying Japan and Japanese language.

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Presentation by Professor Bjarke Frellesvig in France

On 2 November 2009 Professor Bjarke Frellesvig presented "A diachronic perspective on early Japanese morphology: Evidence for reconstructing (at least) two more copulas in pre-Old Japanese" at Le Centre de recherches linguistiques sur l'Asie orientale. In this presentation, Professor Frellesvig discussed adjectival morphology, various copulas (t-, n-, -ki, and -si), and a lexical alternation between /k/ and /s/. The presentation can be read here.


Presentation by Professor Bjarke Frellesvig in Japan

On 12 October 2009 Professor Bjarke Frellesvig presented "Some Perspectives for the Historical Study of Japanese (日本語史研究の展望)" at the National Institute for the Japanese Language Inagural Forum: Future Perspectives on Japanese Linguistics conference held at the National Institute for the Japanese Language (国立国語研究所) in Tachikawa City, Tokyo. In this presentation Professor Frellesvig discussed coding conventions for the pre-modern Japanese syntax research project, demonstrating the usefulness of the project in terms of researching the language and linguistic features of pre-modern Japanese. The presentation can be read here.


Talk by Professor Christoph Harbsmeier

On 18 September 2009 Professor Christoph Harbsmeier from the University of Oslo presented a talk entitled "Introducing the Thesaurus Linguae Sericae (TLS) and its Application to Syntactic Analysis".


Christoph Harbsmeier, Chinese linguist



Farewell lecture by Professor Zendo Uwano

At the end of his stay as a Visiting Scholar at the Centre, Professor Zendo Uwano gave a talk entitled "On the Reconstruction of Japanese Accents" on 7 September 2009. In this talk Professor Uwano presented a reconstruction of proto-Japanese accent based on material from mainland Japanese dialects. Click here to view his presentation. Professor Uwano returned to Tokyo on 10 September, to resume his duties at Tokyo University. During his stay here, Professor Uwano's congenial manner and devotion to his work contributed greatly to the atmosphere and the activities of the Centre and we look forward to welcoming him back here in the future.


Japanese linguist Uwano Zendo from the University of Tokyo



Talk by Dr Foong Ha Yap

On 26 June 2009 Dr Foong Ha Yap presented a talk at the Centre entitled "Nominalization in Asian Languages: Some Similar Functions and Not-So-Similar Strategies", comparing the the nominalization strategies in Austronesian languages (e.g., Formosan and Philippine types) with those of the Sino-Tibetan and Japanese/Korean types. Click here for the full abstract.


Research Centre Opening Party

On 15 May 2009 we celebrated the opening of the Research Centre with a drinks reception. The event was attended by around fifty guests, including the Research Centre's first visiting scholars, Professor Masayoshi Shibatani and Professor Uwano Zendo.

Oxford University news coverage of the opening party can be found here.

Earlier that day, Masayoshi Shibatani gave a presentation to the Pre-modern Japanese Syntax research team. Details can be found here.


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