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Upcoming Worskhops and Conferences


History of Workshops and Conferences on the Linguistics of BA

Financial Supports
Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A)15H01771PI: Yoshihiro MiyakeRealtime Visualization System of Communication Field for Co-Creative Teaching Support
Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B)15H03226PI: Yasunari HaradaAnalysis and Modeling of Autonomous Mutual Learning through Interaction by Japanese Learners of English
Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B)15H03208PI: Yoko FujiiConstruction of a Pragmatic Model of BA: Cross-linguistic Realistic Data Analyses Based on Native Speakers Points of View
Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)26370461PI: Masayuki OtsukaDevelopment of of the Theory of BA in Language and Communication: Solving Problems in Modern Societies
Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)25370733PI: Kishiko UenoA Contrastive Study of Question-Asking in Japanese and English
Grants-in-Aid for Challenging Exploratory Research26580074PI: Yasuhiro KatagiriConstruction of Linguistics of BA: BA and Emergence of Meaning
Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B)24720193PI: Makiko TakekuroA linguistic anthropological analysis of social interaction: The intersection of language, gesture, and environment in Ishigaki
Waseda University Grant for Special Research Projects (Continuing Research)2015K-021PI: Sachiko ShudoPoliteness-triggered manipulation of pragmatic constraints and its influence on semantic change
Grants-in-Aid for Challenging Exploratory Research21652041PI: Yasunari HaradaToward Construction of Linguistics of BA: Semantics and Pragmatics of BA
Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B)23320090PI: Yoko FujiiCo-creation of BA in Language Use: The construction of a pragmatic theory from the indigenous perspectives of native speakers
Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)23520527PI: Masayuki OtsukaToward Construction of Theory of BA for Language and Communication: For Solving Problems in Modern Societies
Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)23520475PI: Sachiko ShudoA New Approach to Presupposition: Analysis of Marginal Cases of Presupposition Manipulation

Linguistics of BA Mission Statement

Context dependence in language use has been studied in a wide range of its manifestations in linguistic phenomena: from anaphora, presupposition, indexicals, personal pronouns, sentence-final particles and other modal expressions, politeness, to common-grounding, repair, register, style or framing. Descriptive concepts and analytical frameworks, such as discourse representation, conversational scoreboard, information state update, contextualization cue, and deictic field, have also been proposed to capture those phenomena in a number of different disciplines approaching language, most notably in semantics/pragmatics, sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology.

The concept of ba, taken from the Japanese word for place or field, has been proposed by Japanese biological and social scientist to provide an abstract conceptual basis on which to capture dynamics in interactive phenomena, such as dynamic order formation in living organisms (Shimizu, 1990), or knowledge creation in business management (Nonaka & Konno, 1998).

When applied to human language use, ba concept emphasizes the significance of the place, both physically and mentally conceived, in which human interactions take place. Ba simultaneously works, for the participants, to affect their construals of linguistic acts performed, and to exert normative forces to regulate their linguistic behavior choices committed in the ba. The concept of wakimae, or discernment, (Ide, 2006) is an example of ba-sensitive, in contrast to the more conventional face-based, conception of the underlying mechanism of linguistic politeness behaviors, which has proven to be highly successful.

The aim of these workshops is to provide a venue for researchers who are interested in ba concept to get together to exchange their works, ideas and perspectives, both empirical and theoretical, to deepen our understanding of ba and explore its relationships to our language practices.

May 3rd, 2015
Yasuhiro Katagiri