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Seminars, Symposia, and Academic Conferences

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
“Fijian Languages, Maps and Beyond: An Interim Report of the Fijian Language GIS (Geographic Information System) Project”

  • Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
     13:00 - 15:45:Symposium
     15:45 - 16:30:Refreshments (everyone is invited)
  • Venues:
    Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE), The University of the South Pacific (USP)
     Symposium [Room# H101 (019-101)]
     Refreshments [FALE Faculty Meeting Room]
  • Language: English
  • Open to the public (no registration required / 30 sheets max.)
  • Relevant Projects:
    A Joint International Collaborative Research (B) “Integrating Language Change in Time and Space: Applying Geographical Information System (GIS) and Statistic Modelling to Historical Linguistics” (2019–2023, PI: Kikusawa) funded by Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), .

    International Collaborative Project “Linguistic History and Human Flow in Fiji Revealed through GIS Data” (April 2017-March 2019, PI: Kikusawa) funded by The Resona Foundation for Asia and Oceania.

    “Why Are Languages Spoken in the World All Different?”, (April 2016-March 2017, PI: Kikusawa), funded by a crowdfunding scheme through Academist.
  • E-mail: ritsuko● (please replace ● with @)

About This Symposium

This symposium is organized as a venue for presenting research results of on-going projects where research on Fijian languages and culture are conducted and a Fijian language GIS system is developed. The Fijian language GIS project has been funded by several funding agencies and gradually extended to be interdisciplinary, involving linguistics, geography (particularly GIS), cultural anthropology and statistic mathematics. With this symposium open to both local researchers and interested public, this will be an opportunity for the members of the project to communicate with local participants, exchange ideas, both about the scientific development of the project and also about research dissemination targeting local communities. Satellite workshops will be held before and after the symposium exclusively with project members, to further discuss technical matters related to the project.



13:00 - Welcome Address
Dr. Matthew Hayward, Associate Dean Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE), USP

About the Project
KIKUSAWA Ritsuko, National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) /The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai), Japan
13:10 - Part I: Language, Culture and Linguistics in Fiji (Chair: Kikusawa, R.)
1. Indigenous Languages of Fiji: An Overview
2. A Mismatch between Phonology and Grammar in Vatulele Fijian
OKAMOTO Susumu, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
3. Ethnic and Regional Variations in Fiji Sign Language: Comparing Western and Eastern Viti Levu
SANO Fumiya, Kyoto University
4. Fijian Belief and Practice Perceived through Language: damu and Related Concepts
Apolonia TAMATA, iTaukei Trust Fund Board (TTFB)
14:30 - Part II: GIS, Statistics, and Linguistic Analysis (Chair: Tamata, A.)
5. Potential Applications of GIS for Linguistic Data
John LOWRY, Massey University
6. Toward Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Dialects of Fijian
MURAWAKI Yugo, Kyoto University
7. Linguists’ Wishes in Developing a Fijian Language GIS
KIKUSAWA Ritsuko, Minpaku/Sokendai, Japan
Closing Remarks

Business Announcements
Kikusawa, Ritsuko
15:45 - Refreshments (everyone is invited)