Grammar of Mimetics
Date: 10 May 2013Time: 10:00 AM
Finishes: 11 May 2013Time: 5:00 PM
Venue: Brunei GalleryRoom: B104
Type of Event: Workshop
Mimetic or “sound-symbolic” words in Japanese (giongo/giseigo/gitaigo) constitute a significant lexical category. Due to the prominent non-arbitrary relationships between form and meaning, their sound symbolism has been extensively studied, especially from phonological and semantic perspectives. Mimetic words appear to exist as a grammatical sub-system in all languages, but their scope and productivity varies greatly. They play a central role in the grammar of Japanese, featuring very early in children’s language. The workshop aims to focus on these grammatical aspects, using Japanese as a model or starting-point for analyses of mimetics in other languages.
We aim to publish an edited volume in English of selected papers from the workshop.
The workshop organisers are Noriko Iwasaki (SOAS, University of London), Mika Kizu (SOAS, University of London) and Peter Sells (University of York).
|Friday, 10 May 2013|
|10:00||Opening & Introductory Remarks|
|10:10-10:40||Overview: The Grammar of Mimetics|
Peter Sells (University of York)
Session 1: Grammar of Mimetic Adverbs
Adverbial Mimetics and Lexical Aspect
Session 2: Typological/Comparative Perspectives
Expressiveness in Mimetic Syntax: Quantitative evidence from Japanese and English
Some Notes on Noun Formation by Derivation and Compounding of Mimetics in Japanese and Romanian
|Saturday, 11 May 2013|
Mimetics and Onomaopoeia as Japanese Root Infinitive Analogues
Session 3: L1 & L2 Acquisition of Mimetics
Is There Any Similarity in the Use of Mimetics between L1 and L2 Japanese?
Describing Motion Events in L2 Japanese: Rolling, flying up and crashing
Session 4: Mimetics and Translation
The Grammar of Mimetic Neologisms in Japanese Translations of Lewis Carroll’s Poem “Jabberwocky”
The functions of Japanese Sound Symbolic Words in Different Types of Texts and their Translation
Translating into Japanese Mimetics
|15:30-16:20||Discussion and Future Planning|
Organiser: Co-organized by SOAS Dept of Linguistics and Dept of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Tel: 020 7898 4892/3
Sponsor: The workshop is generously supported through a Meiji Jingu Research Grant, a Daiwa Foundation Small Grant, and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation