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Studies of Early Modern Japanese Based on the Corpus of Historical Japanese 
Convenors:
Yoshiyuki OKABE (Chiba University)
Toshinobu Ogiso (National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics)
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Discussant:
Sven Osterkamp (Ruhr University Bochum)
Section:
Language and Linguistics
Sessions:
Wednesday 25 August, 8:00-9:30 (UTC+2)

Short Abstract:

At the National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, the construction of the Corpus of Historical Japanese (CHJ) is proceeding apace. This panel will first give a brief overview of the CHJ and then present three research papers on Early Modern Japanese based on the CHJ.

Long Abstract

At the National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, the Corpus of Historical Japanese (CHJ) is being constructed under the project "The Construction of Diachronic Corpora and New Developments in Research on the History of Japanese." This corpus consists of seven series, the Nara period series, Heian period series, Kamakura period series, Muromachi period series, Edo period series, Meiji Era/Taishō Era series, and Waka-shū series.

Of these, the Edo period series includes three sub-corpora, Series I: Share-bon, Series II: Ninjō-bon, and Series III: Chikamatsu's Works (scheduled to be released in March 2020). This panel will first give a brief overview of the CHJ and then make three research presentations on Early Modern Japanese based on the CHJ (Edo period series) as follows.

Presentation 1: Tendencies in the Appearance of Fusion in Early Modern Japanese

Presentation 2: Utilization of Speaker Information Annotated in the Share-bon corpus and the Ninjō-bon corpus

Presentation 3: Layered Structure of Subordinate Clauses in Early Modern Japanese

In Presentation 1, presenter 1 will report on tendencies in the appearance of fusion in the spoken language of the Edo period using a corpus annotated with information about regional differences and the status of speakers.

In Presentation 2, as a case study using speaker information annotated in the Share-bon corpus and the Ninjō-bon corpus, presenter 2 and presenter 3 will show which words and expressions are related to the gender of the characters.

In Presentation 3, presenter 4 will present research on subordinate clauses in Japanese, which have a layered structure with certain items appearing further inside the clause. Since morphologically annotated data in the CHJ are useful for studies of connections between sentence elements, this presentation will examine the structure of subordinate clauses in Japanese of the Edo period using the CHJ.

After that, we will take questions and comments from the audience and discuss the methodology and possibilities of historical Japanese linguistic studies using corpora with the discussant and the audience.

Accepted papers: