Visiting scholars

Dr Tomoaki Kono

August 1- August 31 2016

Dr Kono’s main areas of study are Old Japanese grammar and corpus linguistics. His doctoral dissertation was on Old Japanese kakari-musubi constructions with koso. He has worked on designing and constructing a diachronic corpus of Japanese at National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics.

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Dr Anna Bordilovskaya
Kobe University

April 2015-February 2016

Dr Bordilovskaya’s research interests include Japanese corpus linguistics, especially сollocation of English loanword modifiers in Contemporary Japanese.

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Professor Hiroshi Yoshiba
Aoyama Gakuin University


Dr Yoshiba's research interests include the phonological status of mora in modern linguistic theories, optimality theory and phonological varieties of a language, and the phonological system of Yamato Japanese. He is currently an Associate of the Sub-Faculty of East Asian Studies and Member of the Senior Common Room at Hertford College.

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Associate Professor Takehiko Maruyama
National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics

April 2014 to April 2015

Dr Maruyama's research interests include Japanese corpus linguistics, especially disfluent phenomena in spontaneous speech. He designed a syntactic unit of spoken Japanese called the Clause-Unit, and annotated this unit to the Corpus of Spontaneous Japanese (CSJ) released in 2004. He was in charge of corpus design and sampling in compiling the Balanced Corpus of Contemporary Written Japanese (BCCWJ), which was released in 2011 and includes 100 million words randomly extracted from various types of Japanese texts.

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Associate Professor Jong Seung Park
Gangneung-Wonju National University

August 2013 to August 2014

Dr Park's research interests include Japanese linguistics, history of the Japanese language, and phonology. His current projects are: 1) the Usage of Verb with the Original Form in the Modern Japanese (This work is supporting by the National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Korean Government); and 2) the Typological Research on Tense and aspect in Japanese and Korean Language

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Professor Reiko Yamanaka
Hosei University

April 2013 to March 2014

Born in Tokyo in 1957. Graduated from the Faculty of Letters, University of Tokyo, in Japanese literature in 1980. Completed Ph.D. course requirements in the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, University of Tokyo, in 1986. Ph.D. in literature from the University of Tokyo, 2000. She specializes in research on individual Noh plays and the ways in which they have been staged throughout Noh's history.

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Professor Kumiko Sakoda
Hiroshima University

April 2010 to late-July 2010

Professor Sakoda's research focuses on second language acquisition, especially the acquisition of Japanese by non-native learners.

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Professor Zendo Uwano
Tokyo University

Mid-May 2009 to mid-September 2009

Professor Uwano specializes in dialects and phonology. He is the Chair in the Linguistics Department at Tokyo University and also the President of the Linguistic Society of Japan, Director of the Society for Japanese Linguistics, and Director of the Phonetic Society of Japan.

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Professor Masayoshi Shibatani
Rice University and Kobe University

Mid-March 2009 to mid-June 2009

Professor Shibatani's research interests include language typology, language universals, syntax, Japanese linguistics, and Austronesian linguistics. He is the author of The Languages of Japan.

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