Assistant Professor Keita Kurabe Awarded Linguistic Society of Japan’s Best Presentation Award
November 2, 2018
At the 156th Meeting of the Linguistic Society of Japan (Spring 2018), TUFS Assistant Professor Keita Kurabe (Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa) was awarded with the Best Presentation Award for his presentation on “The syllabicity of the word-initial nasal in Jinghpaw”.
The Linguistic Society of Japan’s Best Presentation Award is awarded to those who gave the best oral or poster presentation.
Reason for award (from Linguistic Society of Japan’s website):
Concerning the problem of “N” within “NC succession”, an important feature of phonetic typology in Sino-Tibetan languages, a persuasive conclusion based on Jinghpaw data was drawn, and showed that “N” is syllabic. This research’s contribution to detailed description of actual Jinghpaw phonology and the use of five pieces of proof (including a tone-bearing test), was recognized. While the levels of importance across these five pieces was not clearly explained during the question and answer session, this research was highly praised for using and analyzing many aspects of the data recorded in the field.
The award ceremony will be held at the 157th Meeting of the Linguistic Society of Japan (Fall 2018).