The project involves seven senior scientists (Yoichi Miyamoto (PI) of Osaka U, Masa Koizumi of Tohoku U, Hajime Ono of Tsuda Coll., and Hiromu Sakai of Waseda U in Japan, Uli Sauerland (PI) of ZAS, Sigrid Beck of Tuebingen U and Kazuko Yatsushiro of ZAS in Germany). In addition, there are 13 early stage researchers (ESRs), funded by DAAD (Grand number 57245547) and JSPS.
The 20 researchers will work in subgroups on about 9 different topics in cross-linguistic experimental pragmatics with a focus on German-Japanese comparison. The goal for each subgroup is to complete research in crosslinguistic experimental pragmatics, resulting in a publication each.
The senior scientist provide facilities for different methods: Online methods - ERP, Mouse-tracking, Eye-tracking, Offline methods - experimental methods used in the language acquisition research.
Meetings generally consist of three days of joint discussion and the remaining days, used for discussion within the subgroups. The approximate dates of the meetings are as follows:
May 8-12, 2016: kick-off meeting in Berlin, Germany
November 2016: five-day meeting in Japan
April/May 2017: eight-day meeting in Germany
November 2017: six-day meeting in Japan
The topics and the members are as follows:
A1: Causality inference vs implicature: Luo (group leader), Tomlinson, Sakai
A2: Intonation & scope (all-negation scope & some-all scope): Sugawara (group leader), Oho, Yano, Meyer, Yatsushiro, (Tomslinson)
A3: Additive & contrastive marking: Bade (group leader), Sode, Nakanishi, Iida, Ono, Nambu, Nicolae, (Sauerland)
B1: Reportatives / particles / sequence of tense: Sode (group leader), Sugawara, Yatsushiro, (Hohaus, Sakai)
B2: Negation / object scope: Miyamoto (group leader), Sauerland, Tamura, Nicolae
B3: Aspectual coercion: Yano (group leader), Oho, Ono, Bade B4: Negative concord: Yatsushiro (group leader), Iida, Sode, Nicolae
C1: Connectives: Tomlinson (group leader), Tamura, Nicolae, Miyamoto, Sauerland, Yatsushiro
[C1b: Adjectives & degrees: Hohaus (group leader), Tamura, Beck
C2: Implicature cancellation: Meyer (group leader), Nakanishi, Iida, Bade, Ono, (Sauerland)
Contact information: Uli Sauerland xpragdojo(at)gmail.com