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LINGUIST List 24.388

Tue Jan 22 2013

Confs: Northern Amami-Oshima, Anthropological Linguistics/Japan

Editor for this issue: Xiyan Wang <xiyanlinguistlist.org>

Date: 21-Jan-2013
From: Patrick Heinrich <pah1dokkyo.ac.jp>
Subject: Ryukyuan Heritage Languages - Focus on Amami
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Ryukyuan Heritage Languages - Focus on Amami
Short Title: RHL 5

Date: 02-Mar-2013 - 03-Mar-2013
Location: Naze City, Amami, Kagoshima, Japan
Contact: Patrick Heinrich
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://patrickheinrich.info/ryukyuan_language_symposium_2013

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Amami-Oshima, Northern

Meeting Description:

The Ryukyu Islands in the southwest of Japan are home to 6 endangered languages. Five of them are located in Okinawa prefecture, one, the Amami language, in Kagoshima. The linguistic situation in Amami differs from that of the Ryukyuan languages in Okinawa Prefecture and these difference remain little understood. In collaboration with local researchers and activists, this symposium seeks to enhance an understanding of the peculiarities of the language ecology in Amami.

Saturday, March 2: “Focus on Amami”

Shinsho Miyara, Tatsuro Maeda: Welcoming remarks

Chair: Kiyoshi Hara (Joshibi University of Art)

Fija Byron (Okinawa University): Ryukyuan languages from an activist perspective

Tatsuro Maeda (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies): Language and society in Amami - Memories of “dialect correction”

Kenjirō Machi (Setouchi Library): Ethnic vocabularies of folklore an ethnology

Lunch, Excursion to Southern Amami (Koniya, Setouchi)

Sunday, March 3: “Language Education and Documentation of Diversity”

Chair: Patrick Heinrich (Dokkyo University)

Sayaka Yoshimura (University of Vienna): The history of Standard Japanese in Okinawa’s school education of the Meiji era

Yuka Ando (University of Duisburg-Essen): Considering a framework for Ryukyuan languages teaching

Coffee Break

Chair: Shinsho Miyara (University of the Ryukyus)

Tylor Lau (Yale University): Vowel length distinction in Shiraho

Chris Davies (University of the Ryukyus): Ryukyuan language diversity and continuity seen from the viewpoint of the Miyara dialect of the Yaeyaman language

Lunch break

Chair: Tomoko Arakaki (Okinawa Christian University)

Akiko Tokunaga (NINJAL): On the linguistic distribution of Okinoerabu Island - How to incorporate diversity in description

Gijs van der Lubbe (Leiden University / University of the Ryukyus): Towards a descriptive grammar of the Okinoerabu Masana dialect

Yuko Sugita (Potsdam University): Internet and local language varieties – conversationalization and vernacularization of written language

Coffee Break

Chair: Yumiko Ohara / Scott Saft (University of Hawai’i Hilo)

16:30~ Meeting of the Ryukyuan Heritage Language Society

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