Research Centre for Japanese Language and Linguistics 日本語研究センター

The Research Centre for Japanese Language and Linguistics was created in March 2009 within the Faculty of Oriental Studies to function as an umbrella for research activities related to Japanese language and linguistics through the University.

The Centre also serves as a forum for publicizing teaching, seminars, lectures, and other activities of interest to Japanese linguistics, and as a point of access to information for prospective graduate students interested in Japanese language and linguistics. The Centre welcomes academic visitors to the University who work within Japanese linguistics.

In addition to the Centre's membership of staff and graduate students from the Faculty of Oriental Studies and the new Faculty of Linguistics and our visiting scholars, the Centre also has a membership of external affiliates who have a connection with the Centre and its members, for example through joint research projects.

A major research project hosted within the Centre is the Oxford Corpus of Old Japanese. The research of the members of the Centre is wide-ranging, from acquisition of Japanese as a foreign language to reconstruction of proto-Japanese morphology.






Bjarke Frellesvig hanging out in Hertford chapel




John Whitman asks Masayoshi (Matt) Shibatani a question at  the valency conference at NINJAL




Masayoshi (Matt) Shibatani and Peter Sells




John Whitman and Taro Kageyama at a workshop on Japanese linguistics




Students at the RCJLL


Recent Talks

14 February 2017
Peter Sells (University of York) presented "Nominals with dependent roles in Japanese and Korean" (more)

7 February 2017
Kaori Nishizawa (University of Oxford) presented "Dyslexia and Japanese Language Education" (more)

31 January 2017
Stephen Horn (NINJAL) presented "Constructing and Using the NINJAL Parsed Corpus of Modern Japanese" (more)


New Publications

Bjarke Frellesvig and John Whitman "The Historical Source of the Bigrade Transitivity Alternations in Japanese" is included in Transitivity and Valency Alternations: Studies on Japanese and Beyond


Irwin, Mark, Mizuki Miyashita, and Kerri L. Russell The Rendaku Database v3.0 is available online.


The Oxford Corpus of Old Japanese is now available online. This full poetic corpus of Old Japanese presents the original script and a phonemic transcription of all Old Japanese poetic texts.


New Book

Japanese Korean Linguistics 20 book cover.


Studies in Japanese and Korean Linguistics book cover.


Now in paperback:
Proto-Japanese Issues and Prospects paperback book cover.


A History of the Japanese Language book cover.


Regular events

Join us for our weekly coffee and Japanese linguistics on Fridays at 11 during full term.

The East Asian Linguistics Seminar takes place in the Oriental Institute on Tuesdays from 5-6 during Hilary Term. (schedule)

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