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Handai-Asahi Nakanoshima Juku: Osaka Dialect Easygoing Lecture - How Do You Say That? Osaka vs. Tohoku

2016-5-21 (Sat) 10:30 - 12:00

The Handai-Asahi Nakanoshima Juku offers courses produced and sponsored by Osaka University and the 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.

Osaka Dialect Easygoing Lecture - How Do You Say That? Osaka vs. Tohoku

KINSUI Satoshi
Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University

In Osaka, and in a broader sense, Kansai, characteristic patterns have developed in everyday verbal communication. Getting scolded for ending a story without a punchline, making clever retorts (even when they're aimed at the television), and saying what you feel, only to end your thoughts with the phrase "...but what do I know." This verbal behavior, while ordinary for people from Osaka, would be absolutely astonishing to people from other regions in Japan. This time we've invited SAWAMURA Miyuki, a native of Yamagata Prefecture and author of the popular book How Do You Say That? West vs. East (Iwanami Shinsho), to solve the mysteries of Osakan speech from the viewpoint of a Tohoku native.

Attendance Fee: 1,620 yen

To register, click here.

Date: 2016-5-21 (Sat) 10:30 - 12:00
Organizer: Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, Osaka University; Asahi Culture Center
Venue: Osaka University Nakanoshima Center
Registration: Registration is required for this seminar. (Web)
Contact: Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, Osaka University

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