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International Symposium and Workshop “Compiling GIS for Integrating Linguistic and Non-linguistic Information”

2023年09月22日 @ 10:00 – 2023年09月25日 @ 19:30 Asia/Tokyo Timezone
National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka + Online
Date September 22nd (Fri) – 25th (Mon), 2023
Location National Museum of Ethnology, Seminar Room 3 on September 22nd & 25th (Invited participants only)
National Museum of Ethnology, Seminar Room 4 on September 23rd & 24th (Open to the public)
Organizer National Museum of Ethnology
Languages Used English and Japanese (with simultaneous / consecutive interpretation)
Participants Admission is free; please register in advance.
Onsite Participation: Max 50 seats
Online Participation: No capacity limit (access information will be sent to the registered email address)
Inquiries & Registration Researchers in related diciplines
General Participants
Inquiries: 2023 Minpaku GIS Symposium Preparation Office
Email Address: k4109★ (replace ★ with @)


The aim of this symposium and its satellite workshops is to rethink traditional methods of using maps in historical linguistics and to explore the potential of using GIS as a new analytical tool. To this end, members of three research projects that have used GIS to date will meet to discuss how each project has used GIS for linguistic and non-linguistic analysis, the questions they’ve addressed, and the challenges that remain. Of particular importance is the exploration of the potential of GIS to identify correlations between linguistic and non-linguistic data, as well as to capture temporal transitions, both of which are crucial elements for methodological breakthroughs.
Satellite Workshop 1 will bring together all members and invited speakers for a hands-on exploration and understanding of the GIS systems developed in three different projects.
The symposium will be held over two days, with four sessions on different topics in the following order 1) traditional geolinguistic analysis with GIS maps, 2) digitisation of GIS data processing, 3) handling temporal depth with GIS, and 4) paving the way for new analyses in historical linguistics with GIS.
Satellite Workshop 2 aims to follow up on the results of the symposium. Incorporating input from members of other projects, discussions will be held to produce tangible results using Fiji GIS data. Two analytical perspectives on the linguistic data incorporated in the GIS will be explored: i) from the distribution of document names to language evolution, and ii) from the distribution of linguistic data to the movement of people and the transfer and transmission of documents. Discussions in the workshop will focus on how the insights gained during the two-day symposium can be translated into concrete research.

Program Details

Friday 22, September

Satellite Workshop 1:
Data Sharing Session among the Three Project Members and Invited Participants

10:00-13:30 (Optional: Visiting Museum Exhibits)
Seminar Room #3
13:30-14:00 Introducing Ourselves: Meeting w/ members from other projects
14:00-15:00 Show and Tell Session 1: JSPS Endo Project: Final Geolinguistics Map Products
1. Introduction (ENDO Mitsuaki)
2. Result Maps (SUZUKI Hiroyuki)
15:00-16:00 Show and Tell Session 2: JSPS Kikusawa Project: On-going GIS data (β version, available online)
1. Introduction (KIKUSAWA Ritsuko)
2. Demonstration (John LOWRY)
16:00-17:00 Show and Tell Session 3: JSPS Watanabe Project: Integration of the Spatial Information with Archaeological Data
Introduction and Demonstration (WATANABE Nobuya)
Senri-Chūō 18:00- Casual Dinner

Saturday 23, September

Seminar Room #4
9:00-9:15 Welcome: Professor YOSHIDA Kenji (Director-General, Minpaku)
About This Symposium: KIKUSAWA Ritsuko (Minpaku)
Business Announcements: KIKUSAWA Ritsuko (Minpaku)
Session 1: Traditional Geolinguistics Analyses and Utilization of Maps: Languages, Maps and Peoples’ Movement in China and Southeast Asia
9:15-9:45 1-1. Geolinguistics Analyses: Languages, Maps and Peoples’ Movement in China and Southeast Asia: An Overview
ENDO Mitsuaki (Aoyama Gakuin University)
9:45-10:15 1-2. Austronesian Toponyms in Vietnam: Geolinguistic Approach to Vietnamese Vocabulary and Using GIS Data
TRINH Cam Lan and Tran Thi Hong HANH (University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University, Hanoi)
10:15-10:45 1-3. Commentary on 1-2. From an Austronesian View Point
Weera OSTAPIRAT (University of Mahidol, Thailand)
10:45-11:05 Discussion open to the floor on 1-2. and 1-3.
11:05-11:20 Break
11:20-11:50 1-4. A Geolinguistic Approach to the Qiangic Linguistic Area
SHIRAI Satoko (University of Tokyo)
11:50-12:20 1-5. Various Geolinguistic Patterns of Tibetic Languages
SUZUKI Hiroyuki (Kyoto University)
(Seminar Room #5) 12:20-14:00 Lunch Break + Visiting Museum Exhibits
Seminar Room #4
Session 2: “Language Data and GIS”
Sharing Tips for Compilation and Technical Issues for Making Future GIS Versatile
14:00-14:30 2-1. [Online, Tokyo] Finding Correlation between the Distribution of Japanese Dialects and Non-linguistic Facts Using GIS
ONISHI Takuichiro (National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics NINJAL)
14:30-15:00 2-2. Travelogue to Map: Extracting Travel Trajectories from Text and Reflecting Them on a Map
OUCHI Hiroki (Nara Institute of Science and Technology NAIST)
15:00-15:30 2-3. The Process of Data Creation and Converting Analogue Data to Digital Format
YOTSUI Keisuke (Community & Research Assist Network co., ltd.)
15:30-15:45 Break
15:45-16:15 2-4. Integrating Linguistic and Non-linguistic Data: A Case Study and Potentials of Future GIS
KIKUSAWA Ritsuko (Minpaku)
16:15-16:45 2-5. Why Do We Need an Entity Relationship (ER) Diagram? Making Future GIS Versatile
KIKUSAWA Ritsuko (Minpaku) and WATANABE Nobuya (Chubu University)
16:45-17:15 2-6. [Online, England] Bridging Dialectometry with Spatial Statistics: Application and Limitation
HUANG He (Fudan University, Shanghai)
17:15-17:45 2-7. Session 2: Discussion
Entrance Hall 18:15-20:00 Dinner Reception

Sunday 24, September

Seminar Room #4
Session 3: Geospatial Analysis and Visualization Methods (of Changes)
9:00-9:45 3-1. The Formation of Prehistoric ‘Regions’ from a Dynamic Model: the Southern Regions of the ‘Chinese’ Civilization
WATANABE Nobuya (Chubu University)
9:45-10:30 3-2. A Model for Simulating Emergent Patterns of Cities and Roads on Real-World Landscapes
AOKI Takaaki (Shiga University)
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:30 3-3. [Online] Geospatial Analysis of Toponyms in Geotagged Tweets
HIRAOKA Takayuki (Aalto University), KIRIMURA Takashi (Kyoto Sangyo University), FUJIWARA Naoya (Tohoku University)
11:30-12:00 3-4. Discussion
(Seminar Room #5) 12:00-13:00 Lunch Break
Seminar Room #4
Session 4: Fiji GIS
Pilot Projects and the Future of Geolinguistics Analyses
13:00-13:30 4-1. FIJI GIS: A Pilot Study (Geographical and Technical Aspects)
John LOWRY (Massey University)
13:30-14:00 4-2. FIJI GIS: A Pilot Study (Linguistic Aspects)
Paul GERAGHTY (University of the South Pacific, Fiji)
14:00-14:30 4-3. Toward Statistical Analysis of Spatio-Temporal Dynamics of Dialects
MURAWAKI Yugo (Kyoto University)
14:30-14:45 Break
14:45-15:15 4-4. Noun Incorporation in Fijian Languages: Using Map Data for Analyses
OKAMOTO Susumu (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
15:15-15:45 4-5. Analyzing Color Terms in Fijian languages Using GIS Data
Apolonia TAMATA (University of the South Pacific, Fiji)
15:45-16:15 4-6. Panel Discussion: From Here: How We Will Use This GIS Data
Facilitator: KIKUSAWA Ritsuko (Minpaku)
16:15-16:30 Closing Remarks
16:30-16:45 Break
Seminar Room #4
16:30-17:30 Session 5 (Invited Participants Only):
Concluding Discussion: Possible Collaborations and How They Will Proceed Forward

Monday 25, September

Seminar Room #3
10:00-12:00 Fish List data and maps—where are we heading and what needs to be done? From the distribution of material names to linguistic prehistory
Discussant: TAMATA Apolonia and Mikaele SELA
12:00-13:00 Lunch Break
13:00-17:00 2. 100 WL data and maps—where are we heading and what needs to be done? From the distribution of linguistic data to prehistory
Discussant: TAMATA Apolonia and Mikaele SELA