May 2015

Research Forum

Venue: Fukuoka University, Bunkei Center, Room 15:7
Date: Saturday 30 May 2015


12:20 Opening

Session 1: English and the Languages of Europe
Chair: Stephen HOWE
12:30-13:00 John D. PHILLIPS (Yamaguchi University): Welsh is becoming a less interesting language
13:00-13:30 Toshiya TANAKA (Kyushu University): The laryngeal theory and the Narten hypothesis: towards an explanation of some morphophonological characteristics of the Germanic strong verbs
13:30-14:00 Keiko HIRANO (University of Kitakyushu) and David BRITAIN (University of Bern, Switzerland): The influence of social networks on grammatical variation: verbs of obligation produced by native speakers of English in Japan


Session 2: English, Japanese and the Languages of Asia
Chair: Toshiya TANAKA
14:30-15:00 Stephen LAKER (Kyushu University): Historical phonology and language contact
15:00-15:30 Ruben PAUWELS (Independent Researcher): The reflexes of Tungusic consonant clusters in Japanese
15:30-16:00 Carey BENOM (Kyushu University): Crosslinguistic variation and the translatability of humor: the bug joke


Session 3: Language Variation and Change as a Universal
Chair: Stephen LAKER
16:30-17:00 Stephen HOWE (Fukuoka University): Are “yes” and “no” universal?
17:00-17:30 Rinus VERDONSCHOT (Waseda University): How do Mayans make speech sounds?

Izakaya  (at 豚屋 おん in Tenjin) from 19:30