Symposium on "Dispersion of People, Crops, and Language: Hokkaido and Ryukyus"

Date: 23-24 February, 2013
Venue: Seminar Room 3 & 4, RIHN (→ Access)
Language: English
Organizers: Prof. John WHITMAN, National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL)
* This symposium is part of the National Institute for the Humanities Joint Research
   Project "The Dispersal of Agriculture and Language in East Asia and the Pacific:
   Exploratory Research on the Farming / LanguageDispersal Hypothesis".


Saturday, 23 February

13:00-13:10 Opening
 —Sato, Yo-Ichiro and Whitman, John
13:10-14:00 "Farming Tephra: limitations to the spread of agriculture in Japan"
 —Barnes, Gina (SOAS, University of London)
14:00-14:50 "The movement of crops in the Old World: The role of nomadic pastoralists"
 — Sato, Yo-Ichiro (Research Institute for Humanity and Nature)
14:50-15:00 Coffee Break
15:00-15:50 "In search of Japanese Archipelago people's history based on Ainu-Ryukyu common ancestry hypothesis"
 —Saitou, Naruya (National Institute of Genetics)
15:50-16:40 "An archaeological explanation for the diffusion theory of the Japonic and Koreanic Languages"
 — Miyamoto, Kazuo (Kyushu University)
16:40-17:30 "Human migration, reasons for it, and the unlikelihood of continental scale language shift as the main factor to explain language families"
 —Bellwood, Peter (Australian National University)

Sunday, 24 February

10:00-10:50 "On the Linguistic prehistory of Hokkaido"
 —Vovin, Alexander (University of Hawaii)
10:50-11:40 "The origins of fragrant rice and early heading rice in Japan and their dispersal to northern regions, including Hokkaido"
 —Ishikawa, Ryuji (Hirosaki University)
11:40-11:50 Coffee Break
11:50-12:40 "Migration and language shift in ancient northern Tohoku based on archaeological evidence and place names"
 —Matsumoto, Takehaya (Tokai University)
12:40-13:50 Lunch
13:50-14:40 "Language dispersal in the Ryukyu Islands"
 —Pellard, Thomas (CNRS, France)
14:40-15:30 "Subsistence, Ecology and Expansion: The Farming/Language Dispersal Hypothesis in the Japanese Islands"
 —Hudson, Mark (University of West Kyushu)
15:30-15:40 Coffee Break
15:40-16:30 General Discussion

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