Geoffrey Leech comes to Kusatsu

Hideto D. Harashima, Co-president, JALT Gunma Chapter


Renowned professor emeritus of English linguistics at Lancaster University, Geoffrey Leech is visiting Kusatsu this summer for the 21st JALT-Gunma Summer Workshop. The summer workshop is an ongoing event that Gunma Chapter is particularly proud of, and this year it will be held on Saturday and Sunday 22-23 August. This year’s theme is English Grammar and Politeness. The workshop venue is Kusatsu Seminar House (Kanto-Koshinetsu Kokuritsu Daigaku Kyodoriyo Shisetsu), 737 Shirane, Kusatsu-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma-ken 377-1711 (tel: 0279-88-2212).

Participants will be able to enjoy a good many things in the two-day workshop: the cool and fresh air of Kusatsu highlands, one of the best onsens in Japan, a relaxing atmosphere, a draft-beer party, an excellent opportunity for networking with other participants, presenting their own papers, and sitting in on informative lectures from a first-class featured speaker.

Leech is both a Fellow of the British Academy and a Member of the Academia Europaea. He has written, coauthored, or coedited numerous books in the areas of grammar, stylistics, semantics, corpus linguistics, and pragmatics <>. In this summer workshop, he will give two separate lectures on topics certain to interest you. The first is entitled: How English grammar has been changing; while the second is: Politeness: Is there an East-West divide?

Participants will most surely be satisfied with all the features the Kusatsu Workshop has to offer. Those wanting to attend are advised to contact the coordinator, Mr. Shibayama, as soon as possible, for capacity is limited.Send the registration form and deposit in an “envelope for cash” (genkin kakitome fuutoo) to Morijiro Shibayama, 2-38-4 Hirose, Maebashi, Gunma 371-0812 (tel/fax: 027-263-8522) <>. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The maximum capacity is 40 participants. The fee to participate is \9,000 per participant, which includes the right to attend the programme, room and board, and the party; \6,000 per family member; \4,000 for a primary school child; \2,000 for a preschooler; and free for a baby (without meals). The deposit is \3,000 per participant and \1,000 per family member. The deposit should be enclosed with the registration form, and the rest will be collected onsite.

As mentioned above, you are also welcome to give a presentation. If you want to apply, please put your title on the registration form. There are five presentation slots of about 30 minutes each. Most presenters go on to write articles for Gunma Chapter’s ISSN-numbered newsletter SpeakEasy, which serves as the workshop’s proceedings. The registration form is available from the website: <>. The deadline for registration, deposit, and any presentation proposal is 31 July. Hope to see you with us this summer at our Gunma Chapter annual retreat!

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