LINGUIST List 24.1651

Fri Apr 12 2013

Calls: Japanese, Morphology, Syntax, Semantics, Historical Ling, Typology/Japan

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <>

Date: 11-Apr-2013
From: Prashant Pardeshi <>
Subject: Mysteries of Verb-Verb Complexes in Asian Languages
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Full Title: Mysteries of Verb-Verb Complexes in Asian Languages
Date: 14-Dec-2013 - 15-Dec-2013 Location: Tokyo, Japan Contact Person: Prashant Pardeshi
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Morphology; Semantics; Syntax; Typology

Subject Language(s): Japanese

Call Deadline: 01-Aug-2013

Meeting Description:

National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL), Tokyo, Japan
International Symposium 2013
Mysteries of Verb-Verb Complexes in Asian Languages

Date: 14-15 December 2013
Venue: National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, Tokyo [NINJAL; 国立国語研究所]

We are pleased to announce that an international conference will be held at NINJAL, Tokyo, on 14-15 December 2013, featuring ‘verb-verb complexes’ (compound verbs and complex verbs) in Asian languages, with special emphasis on Japanese. The tentative program is available on:

In addition to talks by invited speakers, the conference includes poster and oral presentations by application.

The fundamental objective of the conference is to straighten out the state-of-the-art issues surrounding the compound and complex verbs in individual languages by locating them in a larger context of similar phenomena in other Asian languages. The development of a more precise distribution of such verb-verb complexes in Asian languages is expected to lead to a substantial contribution from Asia to the typological studies in the West, where the significance of such compound verbs is not adequately appreciated (for example, WALS does not contain information on them).It is well known that Japanese is marvelously abundant in compound and complex verbs consisting of two verbs, as in nage-ireru lit. ‘throw (tr.) + put into (tr.)’ = ‘throw (a thing) into (a place)’ and tabe-te simau lit. ‘eat-GERUNDIVE put.away’ = ‘finish eating / eat it all and leave nothing’. The two-day conference, held as an event in NINJAL’s international symposium series, aims at probing the mysteries involved with the linguistic properties, origins, and development of such Japanese V-V complexes and the corresponding or nearly corresponding V-V sequences in languages of continental Asia from both language-internal and areal-typological perspectives. These two perspectives are motivated by the fact that V-V complexes are considered a distinctive hallmark of most Asian languages, and not just of Japanese. Because of this, Indo-Aryan languages as well as Korean and other East Central and Southeast Asian languages will be brought to bear on the issues pertaining to Japanese, whereby a much deeper understanding of the phenomena is expected to emerge than when Japanese alone or Hindi alone, for example, is analyzed.

The conference will consist of approximately 15 oral presentations by invited speakers plus a small number of poster presentations by application and a parallel session on the second language acquisition of Japanese compound verbs.

Call for Papers:

We welcome your poster presentations dealing with theoretical as well as descriptive issues surrounding verb-verb complexes in Japanese and other Asian languages. No preference is given for theoretical approaches, including morphology, semantics, syntax, language-particular studies, cross-linguistic or typological orientations, historical development, and dialectal variation. In formulating the topic and abstract, applicants should take a look at the position paper available on the conference web page mentioned above which explains the major issues addressed in this conference.

Language of presentation: English preferred


Email your 1-page abstract (A4 or letter size in PDF) to: vvconference AT (Replace AT with and remove the spaces before and after it). Your abstract should be anonymous and contain the following information: the category ‘Poster presentation’, the title, text, examples/illustrations, and selected references. Attach a separate letter indicating your name, affiliation, abstract title, and email address.

Deadline for the abstract: 1 August 2013

Financial Support:

Part of the travel expenses will be subsidized by NINJAL for a few selected graduate students whose abstracts are accepted.

Organizing Committee:

Taro Kageyama, Prashant Pardeshi, and Peter Hook

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