In connection with the field trip to Hokkaido and Sakhalin in August 2014, the HALS community organized two international seminars dealing with the languages and ethnicities of the Northern Pacific and Northeast Asia. The first seminar took place under the title “Insular Worlds” on Monday, May 19, 2014, and included presentations by several noted specialists from Japan, Russia and Poland.

Monday 19 May – Unioninkatu 38 B107

9:30 – 10:00

  • Welcome address
    Juha Janhunen & Ekaterina Gruzdeva

10:00 – 11:00

  • Asymmetric distribution of vowels in disyllabic words in Nivkh and Ainu
    Shiraishi Hidetoshi (Sapporo Gakuin University)

11:00 – 12:00

  • O своеобразии языка ороков (уйльта) (On the uniqueness of the Orok (Uilta) language)
    Alexander Pevnov (Institute for Linguistic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences)

Lunch break

13:30 – 14:30

  • Sakhalin Ainu ethnic and linguistic identity
    Tangiku Itsuji (Hokkaido University Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies)

14:30 – 15:30

  • Reconstructing Pilsudski – after 30 years
    Alfred F. Majewicz (Adam Mickiewicz University)