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Current Issues in Morpho-syntax in Japanese and Korean

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Hiroshi Aoyagi, Nanzan University, Japan
Shin Fukuda
, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, USA


We are very pleased to invite you to contribute to a special issue of Open Linguistics (de Gruyter) which will be a lively report of the JK25 satellite workshop on morpho-syntax in Japanese and Korean held at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in October, 2017. As is well known, while the two languages show a lot of similarities, they exhibit intriguing differences in morpho-syntactic terms, including the degrees of grammaticalization in auxiliary uses of lexical verbs (e.g. verbs of giving and receiving, aspectual verbs, “light” verbs, etc.), the productivity of multiple suffixation in the verbal domain (e.g. transitivity alternation, causatives, passives, inchoatives, etc.), the compositional calculation of argument and event structures in compound and serialized verbs, the use of existential-possessive verbs in aspectual constructions (e.g. -te i-ru/ar-u in Japanese, -ko/e iss-ta in Korean), and so forth and so on. We expect that our comparative studies across the two languages and their dialectal and historical variations will contribute to the understanding of (micro-)parameters in linguistic theory.


Authors are kindly invited to register at our paper processing system at: http://www.editorialmanager.com/opli/ and submit their contribution.

Every manuscript should be clearly marked as intended for this special issue. All papers will go through the Open Linguistics’ high standards, quick, fair and comprehensive peer-review procedure. Instructions for authors are available here. In case of any questions, please contact Guest Editors (aoyagi@nanzan-u.ac.jp; fukudash@hawaii.edu) or Managing Editor (katarzyna.grzegorek@degruyteropen.com).

As an author of Open Linguistics you will benefit from:

  • transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review managed by our esteemed Guest Editor;
  • efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter e-technology;
  • free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.

Submission Deadline: August the 15th, 2018.