Formal Approaches to Japanese Linguistics 6 (FAJL 6)

Organizer(s) Uli Sauerland, Manfred Krifka, Hubert Truckenbrodt, Hans-Martin Gärtner, Kazuko Yatsushiro
Start of event 26.09.2012, 09.00 o'clock
End of event 28.09.2012, 18.00 o'clock
Venue Berlin, Japanese Embassy

The FAJL (Formal Approaches to Japanese Linguistics) conferences provide since 1994 the primary venue for cutting edge, theoretical work in all domains of Japanese linguistics. The sixth edition is going to be first time FAJL takes place in Europe organized by the ZAS (Centre for General Linguistics) in Berlin. The ZAS is a university-independent research centre and its objective is the investigation of natural language and its manifestation in individual languages.

The FAJL6 conference features, in addition to the general sessions, four thematic sessions on the following topics: ellipsis licensing, prosody, syntactic processing, and the semantics of phrase final particles. These sessions are financially supported by the German Research Foundation DFG as well as from the BMBF (German Federal Ministry of Research) via the organizing institution ZAS (Grant Nr. 01UG0711).

Date: September 26 - 28, 2012
Venue: September 26: Japanese EmbassyHiroshimastr. 6, 10785 Berlin
              September 27&28: Humboldt University, Dorotheenstr. 24/Hegelplatz 2,                 10117 Berlin, Lecture room 1.101 (Hörsaal 1.101)

Invited Speakers:
Daiko Takahashi (Tohoku University)
Mamoru Saito (Nanzan University)
Shinchiro Ishihara (Frankfurt University)
Haruo Kubozono (NINJAL, Tokyo)
Hiromu Sakai (Hiroshima University)
Masatoshi Koizumi (Tohoku University)
Yurie Hara (City University of Hong Kong)
Kimiko Nakanishi (Ochanomizu University, Tokyo)



Location: Japanese Embassy in Germany (Botschaft von Japan in Deutschland), Hiroshimastrasse 6, 10785 Berlin (ph. +49 30 21094-0)


9:15 - 9:30
Kazuko Yatsushiro (ZAS, Berlin)

9:30 - 10:30
Daiko Takahashi (Tohoku University, Sendai)
Parallelism for Elliptic Arguments

10:30 - 11:00
coffee and tea

11:00 - 11:30
Kensuke Takita & Nobu Goto
Some Asymmetries in Japanese N'-deletion and their Theoretical Implications

11:30 - 12:30
Mamoru Saito (Nanzan University)

12:30 - 13:45
lunch break (sandwiches catered)

13:45 - 14:15
Toru Ishii
Complementizer Stacking, Dual Selections and 'Relabeling'

14:15 - 14:45
Norio Nasu
What Makes Root Phenomena Special?

14:45 - 15:15
coffee and tea

15:15 - 15:45
Yusuke Yoda
Structure of &P and Contextual Allomorphy

15:45 - 16:15
Hideaki Yamashita
On the Absence, Emergence, and Disappearance of Minimality Effects in Japanese Scrambling

Walking tour of Berlin
Guided tour through the Tiergarten park and historic parts of Berlin including the Reichstag, Brandenburg gate, and some other attractions from the Japanese embassy to the conference dinner restaurant

Conference dinner at Brechthaus Kellerrestaurant, Chausseestraße 125, 10115 Berlin, ph. +49 30 2823-843



Location: Humboldt University, Dorotheenstrasse 24 / Hegelplatz 2, 10117 Berlin, Lecture room 1.101 (Hörsaal 1.101)

9:30 - 10:30
Shinichiro Ishihara (Goethe University, Frankfurt)
The Clause-Mate Condition: A Prosodic Account 

11:00 - 12:00
Haruo Kubozono (NINJAL, Tokyo)
Word-level vs. Sentence-level Prosody in Japanese

12:00 - 12:30
Shin-Ichiro Sano
Violable and Inviolable OCP Effects on Linguistic Changes: Evidence from Verbal Inflections in Japanese

12:30 - 2:15

2:15 - 2:45
Jun Abe
Backward Anaphora in Japanese: Cases of Condition C Violations

2:45 - 3:15
Isaac Gould
Japanese 'Rokuna' as a Local Focus Associate

3:15 - 4:30
Poster Session with coffee/tea/water

  • Hiroyuki Shimada. The Subject-Object Asymmetry Regarding Disjunctive “Ka” in Child Japanese (alternate talk)
  • Koji Shimamura. On Long-distance Movement of Subject in Japanese (alternate talk)
  • Atsushi Oho. Scrambling and Dependent Interpretations in Multiple Wh-questions in Japanese (alternate talk)
  • Osamu Sawada. Precision and Manners of Measurement: the Case of Japanese Minimizers (alternate talk)
  • Naoyuki Akaso. Criterial Freezing and Long-distance Scrambling to Post-subject Position
  • Masahiro Akiyama. Deletion of Noun Phrases in Relative Clauses in Japanese
  • Nobuko Hasegawa. The To-Conditional Clause as an Event Topic
  • Yu Ikemoto & Harald Clahsen. The Mental Representation of Derived Words: An Experimental Study of –sa and –mi Nominals in Japanese
  • Youngju Kim & Hiromu Sakai. Exclamation by Overt Marker for Factivity: A Case of Sentence-Final koto in Japanese
  • Hisashi Morita. Two Types of wh-questions in Japanese: How to Lift the Intervention and the wh-Island Effect
  • Takashi Nakajima. The flip side of Japanese is Malagasy
  • Yoshiyuki Shibata. Unexpected narrow scope of -dake phrases in Japanese
  • Harald Stamm & Denise Yu. Intensification of Verbs in Japanese by 'totemo'
  • Yasutada Sudo. Weak 'Evens' in Japanese
  • Ayaka Sugawara. Apparent inverse scope with universal modals in Japanese
  • Koji Sugisaki. Poverty of the Stimulus in the Acquisition of Japanese Scrambling
  • Shigeki Taguchi & Fumikazu Niinuma. Accusative NPs in Japanese
  • Katsuhiko Yabushita. Japanese Dare-mo Is a Pseudo-NPI: A Semantico-Pragmatic Analysis of Its NPI-like Distribution
  • Kazuko Yatsushiro & Uli Sauerland. A Question Particle for the Forgetful: Japanese -kke

4:30 - 5:00
Kiyomi Kusumoto
Genitive Object in Kansai Japanese and Slavic Languages

5:00 - 5:30
Miwa Isobe & Reiko Okabe
Dative Subject Constructions in Child Japanese

5:30 - 6:00
Mika Kizu, Peter Sells & Hidekazu Tanaka
Raising out of V+tate Phrases

6:00 - 8:00
Informal get-together at the Pergamon Museum, Am Kupfergraben 5, 10117 Berlin



Location (same as previous day): Humboldt University, Dorotheenstrasse 24 / Hegelplatz 2, 10117 Berlin, Lecture room 1.101 (Hörsaal 1.101)

9:30 - 10:30
Hiromu Sakai (Hiroshima University)
What do Japanese Honorifics tell us about Agreement Processing: A Neurocognitive Investigation

11:00 - 12:00
Masatoshi Koizumi (Tohoku University)
title: tba.

12:00 - 12:30
Hajime Ono, Miki Obata & Noriaki Yusa
Interference and subcategorization information: A case of pre-verbal NPs in Japanese

12:30 - 2:15

2:15 - 3:15
Yurie Hara (City University of Hong Kong)
'Darou' as a Deictic Context Marker

3:15 - 3:45
Lisa Bylinina
Ways of judge-dependency in degree constructions: Evidence from Japanese evidentiality

3:45 - 4:15

4:15 - 4:45
Koji Kawahara
Measure Phrases and the Syntax of Adjectival Nominals in Japanese

4:45 - 5:45
Kimiko Nakanishi (Ochanomizu University, Tokyo)
title: tba.