LINGUIST List 23.2806

Fri Jun 22 2012

Confs: Sociolinguistics/Japan

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Date: 22-Jun-2012
From: Satoshi Nambu <>
Subject: New Ways of Analyzing Variation Asia-Pacific 2
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New Ways of Analyzing Variation Asia-Pacific 2 Short Title: NWAV Asia-Pacific 2

Date: 01-Aug-2012 - 04-Aug-2012 Location: Tokyo, Japan Contact: Yoshiyuki Asahi Contact Email: < click here to access email > Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

The 2nd meeting of New Ways of Analyzing Variation Asia-Pacific Region (NWAV-AP2) will be held at the National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics and the Institute of Statistical Mathematics in Tokyo, Japan.

Date: August 1 (Wednesday) - 4 (Saturday), 2012Place: The National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, The Institute of Statistical MathematicsTachikawa City, TokyoJapan

Invited Speakers:

J.K. Chambers, Title ‘Professor Shibata's *haha* and Other Sociolinguistic Insights’Junko Hibiya, Title ‘The velar nasal in Japanese revisited’

While the Western study of sociolinguistic variation and change emerged in the mid 1960s, highly quantitative work on variation and change has existed in Japan since 1930. The methodological and analytical approach used in the early research of Japanese dialectology had its roots in the particular socio-historical context of the region and established its own unique foundations. Meeting in Tokyo in 2012 allows NWAV Asia-Pacific to highlight and re-acknowledge the long and rich history of research on language variation and change in this region, which has often been overlooked in the field of sociolinguistics. The conference will also continue the tradition established at NWAV-AP1 of showcasing the innovative, descriptive, philological, historical, and socially informed research being conducted by emerging and established scholars in some of the world's most fertile arenas of language and dialect contact.

The first meeting of NWAV Asia-Pacific was held at the University of Delhi, India in February 2011. The conference involved many international scholars and valuable cross-cultural exchanges of research ideas and experiences. For further information about the first meeting of the conference series, please see the following site:

NWAV Asia-Pacific 2 Organizing Committee:

Yoshiyuki Asahi, Chair, NINJAL, JapanKuniyoshi Kataoka, Aichi University, JapanKenjiro Matsuda, Kobe Shoin University, JapanTakuichiro Onishi, NINJAL, JapanIchiro Ota, Kagoshima University, JapanShoji Takano, Hokusei Gakuen University, JapanShoichi Yokoyama, NINJAL, JapanSakiko Kajino, Georgetown University, USASatoshi Nambu, NINJAL, Japan

NWAV Asia-Pacific 2 Steering Committee:

Shobha Satyanath, University of Delhi, IndiaJames N. Stanford, Dartmouth College, USAVictoria Rau, National Chung Cheng University, Chiayi, TaiwanMiriam Meyerhoff, University of Auckland, New ZealandYoshiyuki Asahi, National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, Japan

You can register online from:

Schedule of Events:

August 1 (Wednesday)

1pm - 6pm, Workshops6:30pm, Opening reception

August 2 (Thursday)

9am - 11am, Invited talk by J.K. Chambers11:15am - 6:45pm, Oral and poster presentations

August 3 (Friday)

9am - 5:30pm, Oral and poster presentations5:30pm - 7:30pm, Invited talk by Junko Hibiya8pm, Special Conference Dinner

August 4 (Saturday)

9am - 12:15pm, Oral and poster presentations

The details are available from the conference website (

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