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Distinguished Visitor Ritsuko Kikusawa to give lecture on 19 February

23 January, 2014

The iSLanDS Institute is honoured to welcome a Distinguished Visitor, Associate Professor Ritsuko Kikusawa from the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka and the Graduate University for Advanced Studies in Hayama, Japan. She will give a lecture at UCLan’s Adelphi TVi Lecture Theatre on Wednesday 19 February at 4-6pm entitled ‘Identifying the Historical Development of Languages without a Written Record: With Special Reference to the Austronesian Language Family’.


Dr Kikusawa specialises in historical morphosyntax and the prehistory of Oceania. She is interested in integrating the research results of signed and spoken language linguistics, and is the coordinator of the core research project ‘Toward a new view of human language based on comparison of signed and spoken languages’ hosted by the National Museum of Ethnology.

Everyone is welcome to attend. BSL/English interpretation will be provided. To confirm your attendance, please contact Academic Coordinator Simeon Hart (

This Distinguished Visitor lecture is hosted by iSLanDS and the School of Language, Literature and International Studies. It is also part of the Linguistics Research Symposium (LRS) series, held on Wednesdays at 4-6pm. The next lectures in this series are:

26 March: Gemma Barberà, CNRS & Universite Paris-8, France – ‘Impersonal reference in sign languages: Methodological, typological and theoretical issues’

23 April: Rose Stamp, University College London – ‘British Sign Language regional varieties in contact: Investigating the patterns of accommodation and language change’

21 May: Robin Thompson, Birmingham University – ‘Language as a multimodal communication system: Insights from signed language research’

For further information about the LRS series, please contact Nick Palfreyman ( or Angela Kilpatrick (

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