20th Japanese/Korean Linguistics Conference
The annual 20th Japanese/Korean Linguistics Conference (JK20) was organized jointly by the Research Centre for Japanese Language and Linguistics in the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, and the Department of Linguistics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
The conference was held in Oxford on 1-3 October 2010. This was the second time it took place outside the US and its first time in Europe. The Research Centre for Japanese Language and Linguistics, which was established by the University of Oxford in March 2009, was particularly pleased to host the conference in Oxford.
Thanks to the British Academy, funds were available to provide bursaries for graduate students working on Japanese and/or Korean linguistics in universities in Europe in order for them to attend the conference. Several students were awarded grants.
We would also like to thank the Japan Foundation, Arts & Humanities Research Council, Hertford College, Young-Bin Min/Korea Foundation Endowment Fund, and the Oxford University Sasakawa Fund, for their generous support.
The JK conference is the only long-running general conference on Japanese and Korean linguistics and attracts the highest calibre of academic research in all areas of linguistics relevant to one or both languages. Its prominence and dual focus give specialists a chance to meet, present, discuss and learn across disciplinary boundaries. Proceedings are published by CSLI Publications and represent an important outlet for cutting-edge research in Japanese and Korean linguistics. The conference has presentations on the phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, historical linguistics, discourse analysis, prosody, and psycholinguistics of both languages.
The keynote speakers for JK20 were:
- Professor Taro Kageyama (Director, the National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, Tokyo)
- Professor Young-Key Kim-Renaud (Chair, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, George Washington University)
- Professor Beth Levin (Department of Linguistics, Stanford University)