Departmental Bulletin Paper 〈共同研究プロジェクト紹介〉 基幹型:日本列島と周辺諸言語の類型論的・比較歴史的研究 東北アジア言語地域の位置付けに向けて
On the Northeast Asia as a Linguistic Area

ホイットマン, ジョン  ,  John, WHITMAN

6 ( 3 )  , pp.69 - 82 , 2016-03 , 国立国語研究所
ISSN:2185-0100 print2185-0119 online
This paper describes the research activities of the joint research project "Diachronic and Typological Research on the Languages of the Japanese Archipelago and Its Environs". A major focus of the project was to investigate the status of Northeast Asia as a linguistic area or Sprachbund. The project was made up of three teams: a team focusing on morphosyntax, one on phonological reconstruction, and one on the Ainu language, headed by Dr. Anna Bugaeva. The morphosyntax team investigated such topics as the role of nominalizations as a source for main clause grammar in Northeast Asia and elsewhere. The phonological reconstruction team examined topics such as accentual change in Japonic and the status of tongue root harmony as a defining feature of the Northeast Asian Sprachbund. Another product of the project was an investigation of the statistical properties of the typological data in the WALS (World Atlas of Linguistic Structures) database (Dryer and Haspelmath 2013).

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