Data-oriented approaches to meaning in Korean and Japanese

This workshop features recent developments in the studies of meaning (broadly construed) in Japanese and Korean that utilize some form of quantitative/empirical methods. The central theme is the analysis of the patterns of data in semantics and pragmatics by making use of experimental data, corpus data and other types of empirical methods. Major topics include (i) experimental approaches to context-sensitive phenomena and to interactions between semantics/pragmatics and other components of grammar, (ii) empirical motivation for grammatical rules, constraints on interpretation, and typological claims, and (iii) use of corpus data in motivating theoretical analyses of empirical phenomena. The workshop aims to clarify how sophisticated analyses of quantitative data in Japanese and Korean contribute to the development of more explanatory theories of meaning, on the one hand, and how such theories shed new light on the nature of meaning in Japanese, Korean and beyond, on the other.

Date: October 8, 2021

Organizers: Yusuke Kubota (NINJAL), Jungmee Lee (SNU), Hanjung Lee (Sungkyunkwan Univ.), Yo Matsumoto (NINJAL)

Contact Information: kubota [AT]



  • Hanjung Lee (Sungkyunkwan University): Grounding and interpretation of unmarked subjects in Korean: Evidence from conversation data

  • Soyeon Yoon (Incheon National University): Coercion of Korean Light Verb Construction ‘X-lul hata’: A Corpus Based Study

  • Sunwoo Jeong (Seoul National University) and Christopher Davis (University of the Ryukyus): Syntactic and pragmatic constraints on subject-oriented honorifics in Korean

  • Eunkyung Yi (Ewha Womans University), Hongoak Yun (Jeju National University) and Sanghoun Song (Korea University): Predicting arguments using computational language models

  • Natsuko Nakagawa (NINJAL): An experimental method for eliciting (zero) case-marking in spoken Japonic dialects

  • Yo Matsumoto (NINJAL), Kyosuke Yamamoto (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies), and Yua Amano (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies): Motion event descriptions in Japanese and Korean: An experimental approach

  • Misato Ido (NINJAL), Ai Kubota (NINJAL) and Yusuke Kubota (NINJAL): Two types of attenuation strategies for polarity-sensitive items: The semantics of degree adverbs amari and sonnani in Japanese

Program and Abstracts

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