The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.

Seminars, Symposia, and Academic Conferences

Friday, March 11 ~Friday, September 23 - Sunday, September 25, 2016
The 5th Meeting of Signed and Spoken Language Linguistics

  • Date: Friday, September 23 - Sunday, September 25, 2016
  • Venue: National Museum of Ethnology, Japan
  • Languages: English/Japanese, ASL/English, JSL/Japanese
  • Registration: webform
  • Contact Information:
    SSLL2016 [at]
    10-1 Senri Expopark
    Suita-shi Osaka 565-8511 Japan
    +81 6 6878 8266



SSLL2016 will be held for the promotion of sign language linguistics, and also better understanding toward human language by comparing and analyzing signed and spoken languages. English/Japanese, ASL/English, JSL/Japanese interpretation will be provided and the presentations will be webcasted on Ustream.

With Live Streaming on Ustream! For Live Streaming click here



◆ Friday, September 23

9:00-17:00 Interpreters and presenters meeting, PPt check All interpreters and presenters

◆ Saturday, September 24

9:00-9:30 Resistration Counter Open
9:30-9:35 Opening Remarks
KIKUSAWA Ritsuko (National Museum of Ethnology, Japan / The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Japan)
9:35-9:40 Greetings
SUDO Ken'ichi (Director-General, National Museum of Ethnology, Japan)
9:40-9:45 Business Announcements
SAGARA Keiko (National Museum of Ethnology, Japan)
9:50-11:00 Invited Lecture 1:
Modality Effects or Rhetorical Style: What Are Signed Languages Good At?
Elisabeth ENGBERG-PEDERSEN (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-11:55 Phonological Patterns of Kana-based Signs in Japanese Sign Language
BABA Hiroshi (Kwansei Gakuin University) and MATSUOKA Kazumi (Keio University)
11:55-12:35 Phonological comparisons between Taiwan Sign Language and Signed Chinese
Hsin-hsien LEE (National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan / Chiayi Christian Hospital, Taiwan)
12:35-13:40 Lunch Break
13:40-14:20 A Study of Phonological Process in Shanghai Sign Language
WANG Zhongnan (Fudan University, China)
14:20-15:00 Segmentation of Intonational Phrase in Shanghai Sign Language
ZHU Xiao (Fudan University, China)
15:00-15:20 Break
15:20-16:00 The Influence of Spoken Languages on Signed Languages: Taking Loan Words from Chinese Sign Language and Korean Sign Language as Examples
Hyejoong LEE (Fudan University, China)
16:00-16:40 Functions of Mouthing in Interrogatives of Chinese Sign Language
LIN Hao (Fudan University, China)
16:40-17:20 The Korean Sign Language Corpus
Seong-Ok WON, Il HEO, Sung-Eun HONG, Hyun-Hwa LEE (Korea National University of Welfare)
17:20-17:30 Business Announcements
SAGARA Keiko (National Museum of Ethnology, Japan)
17:45-19:45 Reception
(Registered participants)

◆ Sunday, September 25

9:20-9:40 Resistration Counter Open
9:40-9:45 Business Announcements
SAGARA Keiko (National Museum of Ethnology, Japan)
9:50-11:00 Invited Lecture 2:
Communicative Efficiency in Sign and Speech
Jane S. TSAY (National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan)
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-11:55 What Clause-final Finger Pointing Can Refer to in Japanese Sign Language?
UCHIBORI Asako (Nihon University, Japan)
11:55-12:35 Personal Pronoun Copy in Shanghai Sign Language: A Functional View
ZHANG Xiaoqian (Fudan University, China)
12:35-13:40 Lunch Break
13:40-14:20 Preverbs in Signed and Spoken Georgian Languages
Tamar MAKHAROBLIDZE (Ilia State University, Georgia)
14:20-15:00 Verb Agreement in Sign Languages and Beyond
KAWASAKI Noriko (Tokyo Women's Christian University, Japan)
15:00-15:40 Features Should Not Be Too Much Alike: Some Evidence from Japanese Sign Language
ASADA Yuko (Showa Women's University, Japan)
15:40-16:00 Break
16:00-16:40 Interpreting from Hong Kong Sign Language into Cantonese: Challenge of Word Order Difference
16:40-17:20 Modality-(in)dependent Second Language Learning
Deborah Chen PICHLER (Gallaudet University), Jeffrey PALMER (Gallaudet University), Helen KOULIDOBROVA (Central Connecticut State University)
17:20-17:30 Closing Remarks