The advent of the Full-text Database System for the Minutes of the Diet brought about a new era for linguists interested in the variation and change of the contemporary Japanese language. One can now search for any words/phrases from more than 7GB of textual data of the Diet session proceedings since 1947 from anywhere in the world connected via Internet, with speakers (i.e. the members of the Diet and the cabinet members) across the country speaking in mostly formal styles. Being one of the largest free plain text corpora of the language, it soon became linguists' favorite dataset, and a number of major findings on the present-day Japanese language has been made since then. In this talk, I will first give a brief introduction to the database, then show some of the discoveries on the grammatical/lexical aspect of the language.
Tomoaki Kono (NINJAL) gave a special presentation at the Research Centre for Japanese Language and Linguistics on 26 August. His presentation, "Argument Structures of Complex Verbs in Old Japanese", was a discussion of the research he conducted here as a Visiting Academic to the RCJLL, and is based on data from the Oxford Corpus of Old Japanese. (presentation (in Japanese))
On 8 March, Hae-Sung Jeon (UCLAN) presented, "The role of prosodic context in word segmentation: a word spotting experiment in Korean" at the East Asian Linguistics Seminar for 2016. (abstract | presentation)
On 23 February, Sofia Rüdiger (University of Bayreuth) gave a talk entitled "Spoken English in South Korea: A Corpus-Based Investigation" at the East Asian Linguistics Seminar. (abstract | presentation)
On 9 February, Naoko Hosokawa (University of Oxford) gave a talk on "Language and Identity in Contemporary Japan: National Sentiment Expressed through Public Attitudes towards Western Loanwords" at the East Asian Linguistics Seminar. (abstract | presentation)
On 26 January Anna Bordilovskaya (Kobe University/University of Oxford) presented "A Study of English Loanword Adjectival Modifiers in Contemporary Japanese" at the East Asian Linguistics Seminar. (abstract | presentation)
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The Oxford Corpus of Old Japanese is now available online. This full poetic corpus of Old Japanese presents the original script and a phonemic transcription of all Old Japanese poetic texts.
The East Asian Linguistics Seminar takes place in the Oriental Institute on Tuesdays from 5-6 during Hilary Term. (schedule)