Colloquium: Modal Questions in Korean and Japanese

The Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies spring col­lo­qui­um series con­tin­ues Mon­day, March 29, 2010, with a pre­sen­ta­tion titled “Modal Ques­tions in Kore­an and Japan­ese” by Pro­fes­sor Yuki­nori Takubo of Kyoto Uni­ver­si­ty. The col­lo­qui­um will take place in the Cen­ter con­fer­ence room begin­ning at 4:00 p.m.

In this talk, Pro­fes­sor Yuki­nori Takubo will dis­cuss con­straints on ques­tions with modals in Kore­an and Japan­ese, focus­ing in par­tic­u­lar on two expres­sions for indi­cat­ing future in Kore­an (-ê² -[keyss] and -을 것이 [-ul kes-i]). An abstract of the pre­sen­ta­tion can be found at http://www.hawaii.edu/korea/pages/announce/events2010/takubo.pdf.

Takubo is pro­fes­sor of lin­guis­tics at Kyoto Uni­ver­si­ty, where he has taught since 1991. His cur­rent research inter­ests include the­o­ret­i­cal and empir­i­cal stud­ies of the inter­ac­tion between the lan­guage use and gram­mat­i­cal rules; infer­en­tial mech­a­nisms and their lin­guis­tic man­i­fes­ta­tion; the­o­ret­i­cal and empir­i­cal study of cog­ni­tive scales and their lin­guis­tic expres­sion; and the log­ic of every­day infer­ence and its lin­guis­tic forms with spe­cial ref­er­ence to quan­tifi­ca­tion­al expres­sions, con­di­tion­als, and modal expres­sions. He has pub­lished wide­ly in the field of Japan­ese and Kore­an lin­guis­tics and has also been involved in stud­ies to doc­u­ment Ike­ma, one of the endan­gered dialects of South­ern Ryukyuan.