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Confs: Japanese Lang in Theory and Practice

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  1. Wlodarczyk Andre, Japanese Lang in Theory and Practice/ Le Japonais 2000

Message 1: Japanese Lang in Theory and Practice/ Le Japonais 2000

Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2001 13:24:12 +0100
From: Wlodarczyk Andre <>
Subject: Japanese Lang in Theory and Practice/ Le Japonais 2000

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 on the Japanese Language in Theory and Practice
 organised by
 the UMR <<Japan's Culture>> - a common research unit of 
 CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)
 and EPHE (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes)
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The title of the next lecture is:


The Conference will be given in English by

 Dr Lone TAKEUCHI, Ph. D.
 Teaching fellow, SOAS, London

 FRIDAY 26 January 2001 at 4:30 p.m.
 CNRS - Instituts des Hautes Etudes Japonaises
 52, rue Cardinal Lemoine 75231 PARIS 05

After the lecture, we kindly invite you to our reception at which wine and 
snacks will be served.

Main topics of the Conference:
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It is a basic tenet of any realistic account of grammaticalization that a 
linguistic innovation (change) can be understood as the plausible outcome of 
the interpretation which young speakers in the process of constructing their 
grammar would make on the basis of the language data available to them.

During the history of Japanese, predicate morphosyntax has been replaced 
almost wholesale. Yet the structural norms within the predicate, and above 
all the basic order of elements have remained the same While it is a simple 
matter to set up correspondences between Old and Modern Japanese it is more 
difficult to account for the developments in a coherent and realistic 
manner. Taking some recent or ongoing cases of grammaticalization, such as 
predicate-final copula desu and verb concatenations characterised by -te as 
point of departure , a long-term perspective is applied to the pivotal 
developments of -te accreted and nari-copula morphology.

General description of the Seminar:
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To meet the increasing demand for Japanese language proficiency, a series of 
lectures is being given by guest scholars. The major themes focus on the 
Japanese Language (its history and structure, electronic dictionaries, 
machine translation technologies etc.) as well as linguistic and social 
problems (verbal behaviour, networking and other aspects of the 
computerisation of Japanese society).

Previous lectures were delivered by Prof. TSUJII Jun-ichi (Tokyo University), 
Prof. Zoya SHALYAPINA (Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow), Prof. HOSOKAWA 
Hideo (Waseda University) Prof. IDE Sachiko (Japa n Women's University), 
and by Prof. Andr� WLODARCZYK (University Stendhal - Grenoble 3), 
Prof. Romuald HUSZCZA (Warsaw University), Prof. IKEGAMI Yoshihiko 
(Professor emeritus, University of Tokyo, currently professor at Showa 
Women's University), Prof. Viktoria ESCHBACH-SZABO (Tuebingen University).

The Seminar is organised thanks to grants from The Japan Foundation and La 
Fondation Tanaka.

Seminar director: Prof. Andr� Wlodarczyk, Ph. D.
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