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Handai-Asahi Nakanoshima Juku: Amusing Japanese Linguistics -- Time Expressions

2014-9-19 (Fri) 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Handai-Asahi Nakanoshima Juku offers courses produced and sponsored by Osaka University and Asahi Culture Center. The Handai-Asahi Nakanoshima Juku was established at the time [Osaka University's] Nakanoshima Center was built in 2004.

These courses share results of research conducted at Osaka University with the general public in an easy-to-understand format. In these lectures, leading lecturers give presentations on topics in culture, art, history, science, technology, health care, as well as seasonal and current topics.

Date & Time: Friday, September 19, 2014 -- 1:30 ~ 3:00 p.m.

Venue: Nakanoshima Center

Tuition fee: ¥1,620

Lecturer: KOYANO Tetsuo, Professor, Graduate School of Language and Culture, Osaka University
Overview of content:

To express something in the future, Japanese speakers may use an expression that is in the past tense. For example, "Ashita Umeda ni kaimono ni itta toki ni, sono restaurant de taberu." (When I went to Umeda for shopping tomorrow, I [will] eat at that restaurant].) Or, in a reverse situation, although it happened in the past, one might write [in, for example, a timeline] "1964 nen, Tokyo Olympics ga kaisai sareru" [Tokyo Olympics are held in 1964.] In referring to "a winding road," Japanese find it quite natural to use the past tense and say "magarikunetta doro" [a twisted/wound road] although the twisting of the road has no relationship to a [specific] time. Additionally, when it comes to commands, one might say, "Sassa to aruku" (Ostensibly present/future tense; normally commands end in "~nasai") or "Doita. Doita." [Got out of my way!]

This lecture will take a look at what rules lie behind such seemingly chaotic Japanese time expressions.

To make application, go to the Asahi Culture Center website.

Date: 2014-9-19 (Fri) 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Organizer: Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, Osaka University; Asahi Culture Center
Venue: Nakanoshima Center, Osaka University
Registration: Online registration is required. Go to the link above to register.
Contact: Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, Osaka University

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