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The British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language - BATJ
June 2022 BATJ Seminar on ‘Diversity of Japanese Prosody in Speech Communication’

Date: Sunday 12th June 2022, 9:30-11:30am (GMT)
Speaker: Professor Haruo Kubozono (Professor Emeritus and Invited Professor at National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics) <biography>
Participation: Online only (using Zoom)
Fee: BATJ members: £5, non-member: £10
Registration and payment (Eventbrite): To register, please go to our Eventbrite page.

*Due to the time difference from Japan, the starting time is slightly earlier than usual. We appreciate your understanding.

Outline of the seminar:

This talk demonstrates the dual and self-contradictory nature of language and speech prosody in their relation to human communication. On the one hand, language exists primarily for communication in which prosodic features such as word accent and intonation play pivotal roles. On the other hand, language changes as its basic nature and so do various aspects of speech prosody. This changing nature of language and prosody naturally results in diversity, both diachronic and synchronic. This talk points out that these variations in language and prosody often create difficulties in communication, both across languages/dialects and across generations.

The 24th BATJ Annual Conference
Date: 9 and 10 September 2022
Venue: Cardiff University
Keynote Speaker: Dr Nana Sato-Rossberg (Head of School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, SOAS, University of London)
Participation: In person
Enquiries: Dr Miho Inaba <chair @ batj.org.uk>

- Call for Papers

The 17th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students - Results -

Date: Saturday 5 March 2022
Venue: Online

Speech Category

Julia Mary Follan (4th year at University of Oxford)
“The role that bushido can play in society today”
2nd Place Vesela Georgieva (3rd year at University of Sheffield)
“Plastic surgery: to what extent can its role as a means to gain confidence be justified?”
Runners Up (in alphabetical order)
Zakariah Ajaz (4th year at University of Manchester)
Zhixuan Chen (3rd year at Newcastle University)
Krishna Paul Choudhury (4th year at University of Leeds)

Individual Presentation Category

Minju Kim (2nd year at University of Edinburgh)
“‘Another Face Behind the Mask’: Mask Dance Drama in Korea”

2nd Place
Apolline Debroux (2nd year at University of East Anglia)
“‘Bande déssinée’ of the French speaking world”

Runners Up (in alphabetical order)
Hang Lok Edison Au-Yeung (4th year at University of Warwick)
Travis Moy (2nd year at University of Bath)
Jamie Shepherd (2nd year at University of Cambridge)

Group Presentation Category

Ghibli Foodies (University of Oxford)
“Ghibli food”
Wushuting Zhu (Oriental studies (Japanese)
Jasmine Boothe-Henry (Oriental studies <Japanese>)

Superstitious Foreigners (University of Sheffield)
Maria Negoita (Japanese Studies)
Juste Ziulpaite (Japanese Studies)
Marta Sawicka (Japanese Studies)
Edsel Jacob (Japanese Studies and History)

Firefourters (University of Warwick)
“The Great Fire of London”
Martim Moniz (Economics)
Samuel Broncek (Mathematics)
Benjamin Young (Mathematics)
Elliot Fahey (History)
3 Chinese (Imperial College London)
“Chinese Table Manner”
Mutian Tang (Biochemistry)
Jiajie Liu (Chemistry)
Zeming Hao (Pure mathematics)
The worlds on our doorstep (University of Cambridge)
“Exploring the Museums of Cambridge”
Evangeline Scott (Asian and Middle Eastern Studies)
Bindi Batsaikhan (Asian and Middle Eastern Studies)
Jarra Sisowath (Asian and Middle Eastern Studies)
Hannah Lilly (Asian and Middle Eastern Studies)


- Poster
- Finals Day Programme
- Speech Category Summaries
- Individual and Group Presentation Category Abstracts

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