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The 20th Indo-European Colloquium of Japan

2011-12-17 (Sat) 3:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

The 20th Indo-European Colloquium (The 169th Open Lectures of The Osaka Institute for Linguistic Studies) will be held on Saturday, December 17. The Osaka Institute for Linguistic Studies originated from the Conference of Indo-Europeanists of Japan founded by Dr. Hisanosuke IZUI, head of the nation's linguistic society. After his death, the colloquium was handed over to The Osaka Institute for Linguistic Studies by Dr. Toshio HIRUNUMA (1914 - 2001).

It is hoped that studies of Indo-European language linguistics and historical linguistics in Japan will grow and develop through this colloquium. The organizers look forward to seeing many, including researchers, graduate students, undergraduate students, and members of the general public in attendance.

Individuals wishing to attend the symposium are requested to contact Prof. Takao KAMIYAMA as soon as possible.

Program

2:00 p.m. -- Registration starts

3:00 p.m. -- Lectures

  • Lecture 1 -- "Comparative Linguistics of Ine [rice plant] and Kome [rice seed]," MATSUMOTO Katsumi, Professor Emeritus, Kanazawa University and University of Shizuoka, former Chairperson of The Linguistic Society of Japan
  • Lecture 2 -- "Ego and I," HORII Reiichi, Professor Emeritus, Kansai Gaidai University, Director of the SINMURA Izuru Memorial Foundation

5:00 p.m. -- Closing and commemorative photo shooting

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. -- After-seminar party

Venue: Restaurant, 3rd floor, Welfare Hall

Brief bio of Professor Katsumi MATSUMOTO

Born in Nagano in 1929, Professor Matsumoto studied under Dr. Harushige KOUZU and Dr. Shiro HATTORI at the Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Literature, The University of Tokyo. After serving as professor at Kanazawa University, the University of Tsukuba, and the University of Shizuoka, he became Professor Emeritus at Kanazawa University and University of Shizuoka. He also served as Chairperson of The Linguistic Society of Japan.

His specialties are Indo-European Comparative Linguistics and linguistic typology.

His recent books are:

  • Viewing World Languages -- Hisotrical Linguistics and Linguistic Typology, Sanseido 2006
  • Japanese in World Languages -- A New Horizon of Genetic Relationship of the Japanese Language, Sanseido, 2007
  • Personal Pronouns of World Languages and their Genealogy -- Footsteps of the Fifty-thousand-Year History of Human Languages, Sanseido, 2010

Brief bio of Professor Reiichi HORII

Born in Kyoto in 1925, Professor Reiichi HORII studied under Dr. Izuru SINMURA and Dr. Hisanosuke IZUI at Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Letters, Kyoto University. After serving as professor at Kansai University, Aichi University, Nanzan University, and Kansai Gaidai University, he became Professor Emeritus at Kansai Gaidai University and Director of the SINMURA Izuru Memorial Foundation.

His main books are:

  • Etymological Dictionary, Tokyodo Shuppan, 1988
  • Tracking Down Origins of Words, Kodansha, 1990
  • Etymological Dictionary for Imported Words, Tokyodo Shuppan, 1994
  • For Comparative Linguistics Learners, Sekaishisosha, 1997
  • The Mystery of Words, Ohfu 1998
  • General Linguistics and Japanese Linguistics, Seizansha, 2003
  • Origins of Words, Iwanami Shinsyo, 2005
  • For Kyoto Language Learners, Sekaishisosha, 2006
Date: 2011-12-17 (Sat) 3:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Organizer: Osaka Institute for Linguistic Studies
Sponsored: Kaitokudo for the 21st Century
Venue: Toyonaka Sogo Gakkan
Registration: Registration by email is necessary.
Contact: Prof. Takao KAMIYAMA, School of Letters, Osaka Institute for Linguistic Studies
kamiyama@let.osaka-u.ac.jp

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