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Mon Nov 16 2015

Confs: Pragmatics/Japan

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Date: 15-Nov-2015
From: Eiichi Yamamoto <>
Subject: 18th Annual Conference of Pragmatics Society of Japan
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18th Annual Conference of Pragmatics Society of Japan
Short Title: 18th PSJ Conference

Date: 05-Dec-2015 - 06-Dec-2015
Location: Nagoya, Japan
Contact: Masashi Okamoto
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Meeting Description:

We are pleased to announce that the 18h Annual Conference of the Pragmatics Society of Japan will be held on December 5 and 6, 2015 at Nagoya University in Nagoya, Japan. The conference aims at bringing together students and researchers working in this growing field of pragmatics and its related areas.

For more information visit the conference website:


This is to remind you that the Pragmatic Society of Japan is to hold its 18th Annual Conference at Nagoya University, on December 5 and 6. Below are brief descriptions of the Plenary Lecture (5th) and Symposium (6th) with some information on the Pre-conference workshop and the Post-conference Open Lecture.

The Pragmatics Society of Japan 18th Annual Conference

Date: December 5 (Saturday) and 6 (Sunday), 2015
Place: Nagoya University
Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, 464-8601, Japan

Plenary Lecture:

Date: December 5 (Sat.) 16:15 - 17:45
Speaker: Prof. Nick Enfield (University of Sydney)
Title: ''Universals and diversity in language use: explorations in pragmatic typology''
Chair: Kitano, Hiroaki (Aichi University of Education)


For decades, linguists have made much progress by systematically comparing phonological and morphosyntactic features and subsystems of the world's languages in an attempt to answer the following two questions. (1) In what ways are all languages the same? (2) In what ways, and to what extent, do languages differ? However, relatively little typological work has addressed universals and diversity in the pragmatic domains of language usage. In this talk I will discuss some new comparative research comparing language usage in very different linguistic and cultural contexts. Case studies from the domains of requests, turn-taking, and other-initiated repair will be presented, with discussion of their implications for the relation between language and cognition.


Date: December 30 (Sunday) 13:30 - 16:00
Symposium Topic: ''Comparing Pragmatic Practices across Languages: Views from Linguistic Anthropology, Discourse Analysis, Corpus-based Cognitive Linguistics, and Functional Typology''
Chair: Horie, Kaoru (Nagoya University)
- Enfield, Nick (University of Sydney)
- Kataoka, Kuniyoshi (Aichi University)
- Akita, Kimi (Nagoya University)
Commentator: OHORI, Toshio (University of Tokyo)

Conference Schedule (Summary)

December 5 (Saturday)


10:00 – 11:40
Invited Talk & Workshops

11:50 – 12:50
Poster Sessions A

13:00 – 13:20
General Meeting

13:30 – 16:05
Lecture Sessions 1

16:15 - 17:45
Plenary Lecture

18:00 – 20:00
Banquet (NU CO-OP South-Cafeterias)

December 6 (Sunday)


09:30 – 11:25
Lecture Sessions 2

11:30 – 12:30
Poster Sessions B

13:00 – 15:30

15:30 – 15:40
Closing Ceremony

For details, please refer to the conference page of the Pragmatics Society of Japan.

Pre-Conference Workshop Information:

Pre-conference workshop featuring the Japanese translation of Prof. Enfield's Relationship Thinking

Date: December 4 (Friday) 17:00 - 19:00
Venue: Integrated Research Bldg. for Humanities & Social Sciences
7th Floor Conference Hall

Participants: Daisuke Yokomori (Kyushu U.), Gaku Kajimaru (Kyoto City U. of Arts), Tomoko Endo (JSPS-RPD/U. of Tsukuba), Yukinori Kimoto (Kyoto U.), Nick Enfield (U. of Sydney), Sachiko Ide (Emeritus, Japan Women's U.)

Abstract for Lecture by Prof. Enfield
''The Elements of Human Sociality'' Nick Enfield
In this talk I will introduce some of the key elements of our distinctly human form of sociality. Many animals have complex social lives, but humans have a unique combination of capacities that form a kind of ‘infrastructure’ for social life as we known it. I will introduce come of the key elements of this infrastructure for social interaction, with a special focus on ’status', ‘enchrony’, and ‘fission-fusion sociality’.

Post-Conference Open Lecture:

Date: December 7 (Monday) 14:15 - 16:15
Venue: Integrated Research Bldg. for Humanities & Social Sciences
7th Floor Conference Hall
* Joint sponsor: PSJ Chubu District SIG

''The Utility of Meaning - Language is Anthropocentric, Cultural, and Useful'' Nick Enfield
In this talk I will trace a line of research that has explored ways in which culture and the human perspective permeate the structures of language, from word meanings, to grammar, to patterns of conversation. I will describe some of the questions, methods, and research findings spanning my work over the last two decades, based especially in Southeast Asia, but also in making global linguistic comparisons.

Pragmatics Society of Japan
Yamamoto, Eiichi (Secretary-General of PSJ)

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