Conference Dates:August 2nd (Thu) – 3rd (Fri), 2018
Venue:Fujimino Campus, Bunkyo Gakuin University

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JSLS2018 will be held at Bunkyo Gakuin University (Fujimino Campus). The campus is approximately 30 minutes from central Tokyo.

Fujimino Campus is relatively close to Tokyo.  It takes about 50 minutes from Tokyo Station to Fujimino Station (Marunouchi Line and Tobu-Tojo Line). It is only 25 minutes from Ikebukuro Station (Tobu-Tojo Line Express). The famous sightseeing city Koedo Kawagoe (ancient little “Tokyo” Kawagoe) is close to Fujimino. It takes only 5 minutes from Fujimino to Kawagoe by train.

Information: http://www.koedo.or.jp/foreign/english/
Other languages: http://www.koedo.or.jp/

Plenary: Martin Hackl (Language Acquisition Lab Faculty Head, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT))

Scalar presuppositions in language acquisition and language processing
Scalar inferences are central to language-based communication: utterances are expected to be as informative as possible given the knowledge state of the speaker and a question under discussion (Grice 1975, etc.). Language provides a variety of means to support, structure and constrain scalar inferences including conventionalizing scalar inferences into the lexical meaning of expressions (scalar presuppositions) as well as form-based constraints on alternatives relevant for computing the scalar inferences in question. This talk explores these linguistic means by examining how scalar presuppositions associated with focus particles (only, even, etc.) and the structure of alternatives triggered by focus interact with conversational scalar inferences (noteworthiness) during language acquisition and language comprehension in adults.

Invited Symposium I: Origins and evolution of language in search of archaeological and anthropological perspectives

<Updated>This symposium approaches the question of when and how language emerged in the course of human evolution. Artifacts and fossils, together with ancient DNAs, of human ancestors are most direct records from which we can infer the timing and underlying mechanisms of the emergence of the language faculty, or its component sub-functions. Recent studies have begun to combine these data with the accumulating knowledge of brain functions. The symposium aims to discuss recent developments in the field and their implications to the more focused study on two defining aspects of human language: hierarchical structure and intention sharing.


  • Cedric Boeckx (ICREA/Universitat de Barcelona)
    • “Richer fossils”
  • Osamu Kondo (The University of Tokyo)
    • “Evolution of brain endocast and human language capacity”
  • Dietrich Stout (Emory University)
    • “Stone tools and language evolution: the technological pedagogy hypothesis”

Discussant: Harumi Kobayashi (Tokyo Denki University)
Chair: Yasuo Ihara (University of Tokyo)

This symposium is cosponsored by MEXT Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas "Evolinguistics": Integrative Studies of Language Evolution for Co-creative Communication.

Invited Symposium II:Syntax and Semantics in Child Language Acquisition

Chair: Katsuo Tamaoka (Nagoya University, Japan)

1. The role of cognitive abilities in children’s meaning comprehension
Utako Minai (University of Kansas, USA)

2. On the acquisition of the non-subject status of nominative objects in Japanese
Tetsuya Sano (Meiji Gakuin University, Japan)

3. Filled-Gap stage of relative clause acquisition
Kazuko Yatsushiro (Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin, Germany)

4. Discussant
Martin Hackl (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)

JSLS2018 Conference Committee Chair
Kei Nakamura (Meikai University)
JSLS2018 Conference Committee Vice-Chair
Hiroko Kasuya (Bunkyo Gakuin University)

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