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Deadline for Preregistration is extended until December 15 2016....
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Position Paper



December 17(Sat) – 18(Sun), 2016


National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL), Tokyo


This symposium aims at establishing the common ground for discussions of mimetics in theoretical-linguistic and typological perspectives.

The NINJAL international symposium, therefore, has two ultimate goals. First, we pursue theoretical explorations of mimetics, seeking “bidirectional” contributions between description and theory-building. Second, we aim to arrive at crosslinguistic or typological generalizations on the behavior of mimetic words.

To achieve these goals, we invite leading linguists and psychologists studying mimetics in a wide variety of languages from both inside and outside Japan. We also welcome the submission of English and Japanese posters that share these goals.

Important Dates

- September 30, 2016 (extended):
    Abstract submission deadline
- September 2016: Notification of acceptance
- December 17-18: Symposium

Invited Speaker

Confirmed invited speakers:
- G. Tucker Childs (Portland State University)
- Gérard Diffloth
   (Formerly École française d’Extrême-Orient)
- Mark Dingemanse
   (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)
- Masako Ueda Fidler (Brown University)
- Shoko Hamano (George Washington University)
- William J. Herlofsky (Nagoya Gakuin University)
- Iraide Ibarretxe-Antuñano (University of Zaragoza)
- Mutsumi Imai (Keio University)
- Noriko Iwasaki (SOAS, University of London)
- Nahyun Kwon (JSPS/Nagoya University)
- Keiko Murasugi (Nanzan University)
- Akio Nasu (University of Tsukuba)
- Janis B. Nuckolls (Brigham Young University)
- Kiyoko Toratani (York University)

- Kimi Akita (Nagoya University)
- Haruo Kubozono (NINJAL)

Organizing Commitee

- Kimi Akita (Nagoya University)
- Prashant Pardeshi (NINJAL)
- Haruo Kubozono (NINJAL)
- Timothy J. Vance (NINJAL)
- Taro Kageyama (NINJAL)

Funding Bodies

National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL)