• Ph.D. University of Arizona (Linguistics)

Research Interests

  • Japanese linguistics (phonology, syntax, morphology, semantics, sociolinguistics); lexical semantics; general linguistic theory; sociolinguistics; first language acquisition; second language acquisition; language pedagogy; language of food; food studies

Courses Recently Taught

  • EALC J401-J402/J543-J544 Fourth Year Japanese 1-2
  • EALC E320 Tasting Food in Japanese
  • EALC J421/J520 Introduction to Japanese Linguistics
  • EALC E505 Mimetics, Ideophones, and Sound-Symbolism

Awards and Grants

  • Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, 1998, 2004, 2015
  • Japan Foundation, Short-Term Fellowship Program, 2007-08, 2009-2010
  • TEL-COMS Communication Award for Excellence in Distance Education and Teletraining, Parker Communications Corporation and TEL-COMS, 1990

Publications (Selected)

  • An Introduction to Japanese Linguistics, Third Edition, Wiley-Blackwell (2014)
  • Japanese Linguistics: Critical Concepts, Volume I-III (ed.) Routledge Library of Modern Japan, Routledge. (2005)

  • The Handbook of Japanese Linguistics (ed.) Basil Blackwell.  (1999)

Journal Articles (refereed)
  • “Recipe Names in Japanese Cookbooks as a Gateway to Interpersonal Communication” Names: A Journal of Onomastics. (to appear)

  • “Toward a Taxonomy of Loanword Prosody” (with S. Davis & J-Y Tu) Catalan Journal of Linguistics 11, 13–39. (2012)

  • “A Construction Approach to Innovative Verbs in Japanese” (with S. Davis) Cognitive Linguistics 22.4, 797–823. (2011)

  • “A Construction-Based Approach to Phrasal Adjuncts in Japanese” Language Research 45, 111–129. (2009)

  • “Japanese Enter/Exit Verbs Revisited: A Reply to Kita (1999)” Studies in Language 26.1, 165–180. (2002)

  • “A Constructional Approach to Stativity in Japanese” Studies in Language 25.3, 525-553. (2001)

  • “Revisiting the Two-Dimensional Approach to Mimetics: A reply to Kita (1997)” Linguistics 39.2, 409-418. (2001)

  • “Degree Words and Scalar Structure in Japanese” Lingua 111, 29-52. (2001)

Articles in Edited Volumes
  • “Japanese Word Formation in Construction Grammar” (with S. Davis) Geert Booij (ed.) The Construction of Words. Advances in Construction Morphology. Springer. (to appear)

  • “Arabic Nonconcatenative Morphology in CxM” (with S. Davis) Geert Booij (ed.) The Construction of Words. Advances in Construction Morphology. Springer. (to appear)
  • “Syntax and Argument Structure” M. Shibatani, S. Miyagawa, and H. Noda (eds.) Handbook of Japanese Syntax, 751-782. Mouton de Gruyter. (2017)

  • “Japanese Linguistics” M. Aronoff (ed.) Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics. Oxford University Press. (2017)DOI:10.1093/acrefore/9780199384655.013.168.

  • “How Flexible should the Grammar of Mimetics be? A View from Japanese Poetry” N. Kawasaki, P. Sells, and K. Akita (eds.) Grammar of Japanese Mimetics, 103-128. Routledge. (2017)

  • “Morphological Construction for Negotiating Differences in Cross-Stratum Word-Formation” L. Körtvélyessy, P. Stekauer, and S. Valera (eds.) Word-Formation Across Languages. 357-374. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (2016)
  • “Lexical Semantic Role in Reorganization of the Resultative Construction” T. Kageyama and W. Jacobsen (eds.) Transitivity and Valency Alternations: Studies on Japanese and Beyond. 155-180. Mouton de Gruyter. (2016)

  • “Mimetics” (with K. Akita) T. Kageyama and H. Kishimoto (eds.) Handbook of Japanese Lexicon and Word Formation. 133-160. Mouton de Gruyter. (2016)
  • “Non-concatenative Derivation: Other Processes” (with S. Davis) R. Lieber and P. Stekauer (eds.) Handbook of Derivational Morphology. 190-218. Oxford University Press. (2014)

  • “Mimetic Verbs and Meaning” F. Rainer, F. Gardani, H. C. Luschützky, and W. U. Dressler (eds.) Morphology and Meaning, 303-314. John Benjamins.  (2014)               

  • “Dragon Ash and the Reinterpretation of Hip Hop: On the notion of rhyme in Japanese Hip Hop” (with S. Davis) H. S. Alim, A. Ibrahim, and A. Pennycook (eds.) Global Linguistic Flows: Hip Hop Cultures, Youth Identities, and the Politics of Language, 179-193, Routledge. (2009)

  • “A Constructional Approach to Mimetic Verbs” M. Fried and H.C. Boas (eds.) Grammatical Construction: Back to the Roots, 137-154, John Benjamins. (2005)

 Articles in Conference Proceeding
  •  "From Tasty Adjective to Succulent Metaphor: What the language of food reveals" Japanese/Korean Linguistics 25. (to appear)
  • “Language Change in Progress: Evidence from Computer-Mediated Communication” BLS 33, 436-447. (2013)
  • “The Manifestation of Intrasentential Code-Switching in Japanese Hip Hop” (with S. Davis) Japanese/Korean Linguistics 19, 407-418. (2011)

  • “Motion Verbs, Telicity, and Argument Projection” Japanese/Korean Linguistics, Vol. 13, 323-332.  (2008)
  • “Rock Rhymes in Japanese Hip-Hop Rhymes” (with K. Okamura and S. Davis) Japanese/Korean Linguistics, Vol. 15, 222-233. (2007)

  • “Mimetic Verbs and Innovative Verbs in the Acquisition of Japanese” BLS 31, 371-382. (2007)

  • “Semantic Integration of Mimetics in Japanese” (with M. Deguchi) CLS 39-1, 339-353. (2007)

  • “Event Cancellation and Telicity” Japanese/Korean Linguistics, Vol. 12, 388-399. (2003)