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Lecture by Professor Peter E. Hook

2009-6-24 (Wed) 2:00 p.m. -

Lecture topic: Basic word order, information peak, and the use of rhyme in traditional prosodies (Note: Lecture is in English.)

Lecturer: Dr. Peter Edwin Hook, University of Michigan, emeritus professor, visiting Researcher at University of Virginia


Date: June 24, 2009 (Wednesday)

Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.


Venue: Presentation Room, General Research Building, 6th Floor, Minoh Campus, Osaka University




In SOV languages the information peak (direct objects; locative or temporal adjuncts) is not clause-final. Therefore, such languages will avoid rhyme (Latin, Greek, Anglo-Saxon, Japanese, Korean) or develop "rich rhyme" [rhyme word plus *radif* (aka, the "chaser)]: Persian, Urdu. In SVO languages the information peak is usually clause-final and usually coincides with the line break. In such languages (Chinese, Filipino, Arabic, modern West European languages) rhyme easily emerges. Languages and poetries in focus include Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Latin, Anglo-Saxon, Welsh, and Modern English.


Brief bio of Dr. Peter Edwin Hook

Dr. Hook is a linguist specializing in Indo-Aryan languages. He is interested in languages other than his specialty and involving in a wide range of activities regarding research and exchange. He is active as a visiting researcher at the University of Virginia after leaving the University of Michigan where he had worked for a long time in 2006. He is a professor emeritas at the University of Michigan.


Sponsor: Fundamental research supported by Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science ©

(Research No.:20520384), Representative:NISHIOKA Miki

Venue: Presentation Room, General Research Building, 6th Floor, Minoh Campus

For more information, contact:

Research Institute for World Languages, NISHIOKA Miki

Date: 2009-6-24 (Wed) 2:00 p.m. -

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