Workshop title: Prosody and Prosodic Interfaces in Japanese and Korean

Organizer: Haruo Kubozono (NINJAL)

Description of the workshop:

This workshop reports on recent progress in the prosodic studies of Japanese and Korean, the two languages in the Asian Pacific Rim that display many interesting similarities in prosodic organization. It analyzes both lexical and postlexical prosody of the two languages, with main focus on word accent and intonation. The discussion is not restricted to the standard varieties of the two languages, i.e. Standard Tokyo Japanese and Standard Seoul Korean, but also covers regional dialects many of which are endangered now. Major topics include (i) the prosodic structure of endangered dialects, (ii) interactions between word and sentence prosody, (iii) prosodic evidence for phonological structure, and (iv) interactions between prosody and other components of the grammar. The workshop ultimately aims to clarify how analyses of individual languages—Japanese and Korean—can contribute to the development of prosodic theory, on the one hand, and how prosodic theory sheds new light on the structure of individual languages, on the other.

Date and Location: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Venue: Center for Korean Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Speakers (alphabetical):
Taehong Cho (Hanyang University)
“Prosodic strengthening and lexical pitch accent in South Kyungsang Korean and implications for Seoul Korean”
Junko Ito & Armin Mester (UC Santa Cruz)
“Pitch accent and tonal alignment in Japanese”
Sun-Ah Jun (UC Los Angeles)
“The prosody-syntax/semantics interface in Korean”
Haruo Kubozono (NINJAL)
“Secondary high tones in Koshikijima Japanese”
Akiko Matsumori (Japan Women’s University)
“A prosodic unit and phonological process of the Miyako-jima and Tarama-jima systems in Miyako Ryukyuan”

Commentator: Larry M. Hyman (UC Berkeley)