The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.

Seminars, Symposia, and Academic Conferences

Saturday, October 4 ~Sunday, October 5, 2014
The 3rd International Symposium on Signed and Spoken Language Linguistics (SSLL3) "Language Description, Documentation and Conservation and Cross-modal Typology"

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Basic notions in linguistics will be re-examined by looking at various phenomena in signed and spoken languages. Presentations this year will cover topics such as bilingualism and methods of lexical typology.

  • Date: Friday, October 3 - Monday, October 6, 2014
       For details, see below
  • Venue: National Museum of Ethnology Auditorium (300 seats)
  • Open to the general public (free admission, registration required)
    Clic here to register
  • Language: English, Japanese, Japanese & American Sign Languages (with English/Japanese, English/ASL, JSL/Japanese Interpretation)
  • With webcasting and captioning services
  • Hosted by: National Institutes for the Humanities, National Museum of Ethnology
  • Supported by: Department of Brodcasting, Osaka University of Arts, Osaka University of Arts-Television (OUA-TV) Office, Tsukuba University of Technology, Congress Corporation, Japanese Association for Sign Language Studies, Japanese Institute for Sign Languages, Japanese Federation of the Deaf, The Linguistic Society of Japan
  • Sponsored by: The Nippon Foundation

With Live Streaming on Ustream! For Live Streaming click here
With captioning service Link (to all sessions)

A staff member will be at the main gate of the Natural and Cultural Park (near Banpaku-Kinen-Koen Station) from 8:30 - 9:30 in the morning.
To enter, please present the proof of registration that will be sent to you when you register.



Friday, October 3

9:00 - 17:00 Meetings of presenters and interpreters

Saturday, October 4
Time Contents
9:45 - 9:55 Welcome/Greetings
SUDO Ken'ichi (Director-General, National Museum of Ethnology)
9:55 - 10:00 Business Announcements
KIKUSAWA Ritsuko (National Museum of Ethnology/The Graduate University for Advanced Studies)
10:00 - 10:30 The Conative Morpheme as a Special Type of Imperfectivity in Sign Languages
RATHMANN, Cristian (University of Hamburg)
10:30 - 11:00 A Cross-linguistic Analysis of Imperfective Aspect: A Two-Component Theoretic Approach
SHIRAI Yasuhiro (University of Pittsburgh)
11:00 - 11:30 Discussion
Chair: KIRYŪ Kazuyuki (Mimasaka University)
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch Break
12:30 - 13:00 A Cross-Linguistic Experimental Study of Motion Expressions: Manner and Coding Positions of Manner, Path and Deixis
MATSUMOTO Yo (Kōbe University)
13:00 - 13:30 Restrictions on Expressing Motion Related Phenomena in Japanese Sign Language
ICHIDA Yasuhiro (National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities/National Museum of Ethnology)
13:30 - 14:00 Discussion
Chair: AKITA Kimi (Osaka University)
14:00 - 14:30 Break
14:30 - 15:00 Unimodal Code-switching between Two Sign Languages: Some Findings
ADAM, Robert (University College London)
15:00 - 15:30 Unimodal Sign Bilingualism: The Co-Use of Two Sign Languages in a Micro-Community of Practice
ZESHAN, Ulrike (University of Central Lancashire)
15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 16:50 Comments and Questions from the Floor
Chair: PARDESHI, Prashant (National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics)
16:50 - 17:00 Business Announcements
KIKUSAWA Ritsuko (National Museum of Ethnology/The Graduate University for Advanced Studies)
17:30 - 19:30 Reception
Sunday, October 5
Time Contents
9:00 - 9:10 Business Announcements
SAGARA Keiko (National Museum of Ethnology)
9:10 - 9:40 Typology of Articulatory Postures and Trans-forms in Signed Languages
JOHNSON, Robert E. (Gallaudet University/National Museum of Ethnology)
9:40 - 10:10 The Inherent Vowel Feature: The Case of Fijian
NASUKAWA Kuniya (Tohoku Gakuin University)
10:10 - 10:40 Discussion
Chair: MORI Sōya (Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization)
10:40 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:30 Insights from Sign Language Typology: Methodologies in Cross-linguistic Research on Semantic Fields
SAGARA Keiko (National Museum of Ethnology)
11:30 - 12:00 A Formula to Make the Sign Language Documentation and Training Center (SLDTC) a Success
FRIED, Jan L. (University of Hawai‘i)
12:00 - 12:25 Comments and Questions from the Floor
Chair: HARA Daisuke (Toyota Technological Institute)
12:25 - 12:30 Closing Remarks
KIKUSAWA Ritsuko (National Museum of Ethnology/The Graduate University for Advanced Studies)
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 16:00 Discussion (Seminar Room #4, presenteers, invited participants, core-research project members)
Chair: KIKUSAWA Ritsuko (National Museum of Ethnology/The Graduate University for Advanced Studies)
Monday, October 6

10:00 - 13:00 Interpreters' Meeting


For registration

Please send the following information either by e-mail or regular mail: Your name, address, phone or fax number, e-mail address, Deaf or hearing, sign language requirement (if you are a signer), the date(s) you are interested in participating. Reception for presenters on October 4 will be open to the general public (for the fee of 4,000 yen). If you are interested, please indicate so when you register.
○ By e-mail
Please write "International Symposium registration" in the subject line.
Our e-mail address is: SSL★ (Replace ★ with @.)
○ By regular mail
Please send the following information with a return envelop with stamps to: Office of Prof. Kikusawa, National Museum of Ethnology, 10-1 Senri Expopark, Suita-shi, Osaka, 565-8511.

English captioning service will be provided on internet; please bring your own mobile device (laptop PC, iPad, etc.) to access Wi-Fi.