Episode 28: Ryukyuan Language Documentation with Michinori Shimoji

Today’s episode is with Michinori Shimoji, an Associate Professor of Linguistics at Kyushu University in Japan. He has a PhD from the Australian National University (ANU). He has published extensively on fieldwork-based descriptions of Ryukyuan languages, particularly Irabu Miyako, which is his father’s native language. His research focuses on empirical and inductive generalizations of linguistic systems and structures, with a particular emphasis on typological generalizations. With Patrick Heinrich and Shinsho Miyara, he is the editor of the Handbook of the Ryukyuan Languages History, Structure, and Use (2015). He is also the editor of An Introduction to Ryukyuan Languages (2011), along with Thomas Pellard. 

toorgoo: a twin-shaped pair of huge ponds. Serving as the stage in a number of Irabu stories and fables, toorgoo is regarded as an inspirational spot for Irabu people. 

Things mentioned in this episode:

Michinori working on an elicitation session with the help of language consultant, Ms. Kimi Namihira, 2010.

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