Regular Researcher Director NAOKI FUKUI
Since it was established in 1978, the Linguistic Institute for International Communication has been engaged in a variety of research projects relating to all aspects of language. As a research institution committed to the international dissemination of knowledge and ideas, it plays an active role in developing understanding of language studies, both inside and outside Japan. The Institute has two affiliated research organizations; the Research Center of Communication Disorders and the Phonetics Laboratory. The research areas that the Institute covers include the following: the theoretical investigation of issues related to the universal and particular aspects of human languages, empirical exploration of foreign language learning and instruction, the development of teaching methods and materials, studies of the social and cultural aspects of language, cognitive-scientific approaches to linguistics, research into speech and language disorders and their treatment, scientific studies of the sounds of language, etc.
Development of foreign language teaching programs through CLIL (Content Language Integrated Learning), a national survey of the role of Assistant Language Teachers (ALT), development of aviation English tests, a survey of the state of early English education, etc.
The Institute has been releasing its findings annually through the publication of a number of journals and research reports, including Sophia Linguistica (in collaboration with the Graduate School of Languages and Linguistics), Working Papers in Phonetics, the Annual Report of the Research Center for Speech and Language, and Hearing, and until 2000 Overview of Overseas Development in Linguistics (Taishukan shoten), amongst others.
To promote understanding in the field of language studies, the Institute hosts symposia, seminars and workshops, to which a number of distinguished scholars have been invited from within Japan and overseas.