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Masayoshi Shibatani
Professor
Deedee McMurtry Professor of Humanities
 
e-mail:shibo@rice.edu
 
  • B.A. Linguistics (1970) University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
  • Ph.D. Linguistics (1973) University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
 
Primary Department
   Department of Linguistics
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Asian Studies
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    Research Areas
     Language typology, Language universals, Syntax, Japanese linguistics, Austronesian linguistics
     
    Two research fronts in linguistics: voice phenomena and language endangerment
     Currently I am engaged in two research fronts in linguistics. One is concerned with the perennial issues of voice phenomena. I am trying to work out a comprehensive theoretical framework that allows us to compare and draw typological generalizations concerning various voice constructions across languages. A book manuscript on this subject is in progress and is to be submitted to Cambridge University Press, with whom I have a contract for this project.
    The other research area is concerned with the issues of language endangerment. I am particularly interested in the correlation between biological diversity and linguistic diversity and the impact of language loss on the transmission of environmental knowledge across generations.
     
    Voice phenomena
      Voice phenomena such as active/passive, active/middle oppositions play a central role in both description and theory of natural languages. I am concerned with the development of a comprehensive conceptual framework for voice phenomena that both deleneates the voice domain and offers a comprehensive framework for an analysis integrating syntactic, semantic and discourse aspects of voice phenomena.
     
    Description of endangered languages
      More than one half of the currently spoken languages are expected to die over the next one hundred years. I am engaged in the study and description of a number of endangered languages in Taiwan and Indonesia.
     
    Austronesian voice systems
      I am currently engaged in an NSF project of which I am the principal investigator. The project entitled "Austronesian Voice Systems: An Eastern Indonesian Perspectives" explores the empirical and theoretical issues of the controversial Austronesian voice systems in a very unique perspective, namely in the light of the gradual attrition pattern of the Austronesian focus system—from the original Proto Austronesian four-way contrastive system to the complete loss via three-way and two-way systems. The empirical basis of the study comes from the languages of the Nusa Tenggara region of eastern Indonesia, where the two-way system (as seen in Bahasa Indonesia) shows different degrees of attrition as we move from the west (Balinese, Sasak) to the east (Sikka, Lamaholot, etc. ) via the central region (Sumbawan, Bima, etc.).
    The research will enhance scholarly understanding of several understudied languages of eastern Indonesia, thereby correcting the currently observed imbalance in the input to the theoretical studies of Austronesian languages and typological as well as general theoretical studies. In addition to gathering and making available fresh data of both synchronic and diachronic significance, this project advances linguistic theory by deepening our understanding of voice phenomena—a central concern of all theoretical approaches ranging from language typology to generative studies. In particular, a better understanding of the problematic Austronesian focus system in the light of the innovations making up for its loss allows us a penetrating new perspective on the relevant issues such as argument structure mapping, transitivity, ergativity, and the typology of grammatical relations (Topic, Subject, Pivot, etc.). The study also provides an opportunity to test a newly proposed conceptual framework for voice by subjecting it to the fresh data from the field, an initial look at which indicates a challenge to the current theories—both formal and typological.
    This research has broader impacts on a number of important areas. Firstly, through the fieldwork on Flores Island, this project will provide on-site training for future researchers by involving graduate students from the US (Rice University) and Indonesia (Udayana University) in a unique collaborative setting. Secondly, the research promotes international collaboration by involving scholars of Austronesian linguistics from the US, Indonesia, Australian and New Zealand. The resulting international network of researchers will improve the research infrastructure. In particular, by involving both native Indonesian scholars and non-Indonesian linguists and by rapidly disseminating our data and descriptive level analyses by means of electronically accessible format, we expect to achieve a better flow of information between those close to rich data sources and theoretically better-informed parties—a development sorely needed in the field. Finally, the field investigation of the minority languages of Flores Island facing marginalization will contribute significantly to their documentation and to our understanding of the role of language diversity in sustainable development.
     

    Nominalization

     

    Over the past six years, I have been working on the vast area of research dealing with nominalization phenomena, which span both lexical and grammatical types. A clear separation of strucrture and its uses allows an entirely new perspective on a number of central phenomena that have played an important role in theorey building such as relativization and genitive modification. In the typological studies of relative clauses in recent years some unusual RCs have been identified such as “headless relatives” and “internally-headed relatives” in addition to the usual left-headed and right-headed ones. While constructions characterizable as right- headed relatives in Japanese are less controversial, S.-Y. Kuroda (1934-2009) devoted a good chunk of his professional life in demonstrating that Japanese in addition countenances these unusual relative clauses as well as left-headed ones. My resarch dealing with a large body of data collected from around the globe accords different types of nominalization their proper positions in grammar and examines the roles they play both as referring expressions and adnominal modifiers. The proposed nominalization-based analysis of adnominal modification challenges the generative and typological studies of relative clauses including so-called headless and internally-headed RCs. At the same time, it offers a unified analysis of modification by nominals (e.g. Japanese  Taroo=no hon "Taro"s book") and that by so-called RCs (e.g. Japanese  Taroo=ga yonda hon "the book which Taro read"). The analysis advanced obviates the so-called genitive case particle and possessive pronouns, call into question the widely-held current definitions of RCs, and undermine the relevance of Keenan & Comrie’s (1977) NP Accessibility Hierarchy to relativization.

     
    Teaching Areas
     Language typology, Language universals, Syntax and Semantics, Japanese linguistics, English grammar
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    Shibatani, Masayoshi. 2013. What can Japanese dialects tell us about the function and development of the nominalization particle ‘no’. Japanese/Korean Linguistics 20. 421-444.

     
     

    Shibatani, Masayoshi and Hiromi Shigeno 2013. Amami nominalizations. International Journal of

    Okinawan Studies, Vol 7.107-139.

     
     

    Shibatani, Masayoshi, Sung Yeo Chung and Bayaerduleg. in press. Genitive modifiers—Ga/no conversion revisited. Japanese/Korean Linguistics 22.

     
     

    Japanese/Korean Linguistics 20

     
     Masayoshi Shibatani 2008 Relativization in Sasak and Sumbawa, Eastern Indonesia. Language and Linguistics 9.4:865-916.
     
     Grammaticalization of converb constructions: The case of Japanese –te conjunctive constructions
     
     

    Shibatani, Masayoshi "On the conceptual framework for voice phenomena." Linguistics, 44-2 (2006) : 217-269.

     
     

    Shibatani, Masayoshi "On the conceptual framework for voice phenomena." Linguistics, vol. 44, no. 2 (2006) In Press

     
     

    Masayoshi Shibatani "On the conceptual framework for voice phenomena." LinguisticsIn Press

     
     Articles
     

    Shibatani, Masayoshi "Ainu." Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics 2nd edition (2005)

     
     

    Shibatani, Masayoshi "Honorifics." Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics 2nd edition (2005)

     
     

    Shibatani, Masayoshi "Japanese." Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics 2nd edition (2005)

     
     

    Shibatani, Masayoshi "Ryukyuan." Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics 2nd edition (2005)

     
     

    Shibatani, M. "Voice." Morphology: an international handbook of inflection and word formtion, 2 (2003)

     
     

    Shibatani, M., Sung Yeo Chung "Japanese and Korean causatives revisited." Japanese/Korean Linguistics, 10 (2002) : 32-49.

     
     Editor of books
     Current Issues in the History and Structure of Japanese
     
     T. Givon and Masayoshi Shibatani (eds.) Syntactic Complexity. Amsterdam: John Bengamins
     
     

    Shibatani, M. "The Grammar of Causation and Interpersonal Manipulation."  (2002) : 1-549.

     
     Book chapters
     

    Shibatani, Masayoshi and Ketut Artawa. in press. Balinese valency classes. In Bernard Comrie, et al. (eds.) Valency Classes: a Comparative Handbook. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 

     
     

    Shibatani, Masayoshi. in press. The role of morphology in valency alternation phenomena. Kageyama, T. & W. Jacobsen (eds.) Valency alternations: transitivity and beyond. Berlin: Walter Gruyter.

     
     

    Bernard Comrie and Andrej Malchukov (eds.) Handbook of Valency Classes. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.

     
     MasayosVoice and case. In Andrej Malchukov and Andrew Spencer (eds.) Handbook of Case. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 322-339. hi Shibatani. 2008.
     
     Grammaticalization of motion verbs
     
     Masayoshi Shibatani and Khaled Awadh Bin Makhashen. 2009. Nominalization in Soqotri, a South Arabian language of Yemen. In W. Leo Wetzels (ed.) Endangered languages: Contributions to Morphology and Morpho-syntax. Leiden:Brill. 9-31.
     
     MaElements of complex structures, where recursion isn┐t: the case of relativization. In T. Giv┐n and Masayoshi Shibatani (eds.), Syntactic Complexity. Amsterdam:John Benjamins.163-198. sayoshi Shibatani.2009.
     
     Masayoshi Shibatani. 2009. On the form of complex predicates: Toward demystifying serial verbs. In Johannes Helmbrecht, et al. (eds.) Form and Function in Language Research. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 309-336.
     
     

    Masayoshi Shibatani "Directional verbs in Japanese." Motion, Direction and Location in Languages: In Honor of Zygmunt Frajzyngier (2003) : 259-286.

     
     

    Shibatani, M. "Gengo ruikeiron to taishoo kenkyuu (Language typology and contrastive studies)." Taisho Gengogaku (Contrastive Linguistics) (2002) : 11-48.

     
     

    Shibatani, M. "Introduction: Some basic issues on the grammar of causation." The Grammar of Causation and Interpersonal Manipulation (2002) : 1-22.

     
     

    Shibatani, M., Prashant Pardeshi "The causative continuum." The Grammar of Causation and Interpersonal Manipulation (2002) : 85-126.

     
     Refereed conference papers
     The middle voice in Balinese
     
     On the grammaticalization of motion verbs: A Japanese-Korean comparative perspective
     
     

    Masayoshi Shibatani "Grammaticalization of converb constructions: The case of Japanes -te conjunctive constructions." Connectivity in Grammar and DiscourseIn Press

     
     

    Masyoshi Shibatani, Ketut Artawa "The middel voice in Balinese." Proceedings of SEALS 13In Press

     
     Conference papers
     

    Masayoshi Shibatani and Sung Yeo Chung "On the grammaticalization of motion verbs: A Japanese-Korean comparative perspective. ." Japanese/Korean Linguistics 15In Press

     
     

    Shibatani, Masayoshi and Ketut Artawa "The middle voice in Balinese." Proceedings of SEALS 13In Press

     
     

    Shibatani, Masayoshi "The attrition of the Austronesian focus system." Proceedings of the Taiwan-Japan Joint Workshop on Austronesian Languages (2005) : 1-18.

     
     Other
     

    Masayoshi Shibatani "Passive." International Encyclopedia of Linguistics (Second edition) (2003) : 279-281.

     
    Presentations
     Invited Papers
     

    First author.  " Serial verb constructions in Formosan languages." The 3rd Oxford-Kobe Seminar in Linguistics: The Linguistics of endangered Languages, Kobe, Japan. (April 5, 2006) With Lillian M. Huang

     
     

    "Grammaticalization of motion verbs." The 11th Biennial Rice Linguistics Symposium, Rice University, Houston. (March 18, 2006)

     
     

    "On the form of complex predicates--Serial verbs and converbal complex predicates." Seminario de complejidad sintactica, University of Sonora, sonora, Mexico. (November 14, 2006)

     
     

    Invited keynote speaker.  "Argument structure or event structure? ?The case of Japanese and Korean causatives? ." LENCA 2 (Languages of Europe and North and Central Asia), Kazan, Russia. (May 13, 2004)

     
     

    Invited keynote speaker.  "Grammaticalization of directional verbs via converb/serial verbs." Connectivity in mullilingual settings/University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany. (November 20, 2004)

     
     

    Co-organizer of the seminar and an invited keynote speaker.  "Grammaticalization of the directional verbs iku/kuru." Oxford-Kobe Seminar in Linguistics, Kobe, Japan. (September, 28, 2004)

     
     

    Keynote speaker.  "Language use and language structure." 10th Annual Meeting of the Association of Natural Language Processing, Tokyo University of Technology, Tokyo, Japan. (March 18, 2004)

     
     

    Invited keynote speaker.  "Voice-its substance and domain." 5th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Grammar Association, Nishinomiya, Japan. (November 27, 2004)

     
     

    "Form and Function in Funcitonal Linguistics." Second Seoul International Conference on Discourse and Cognitive Linguistics, Korea University, Seoul, Korea. (June 7, 2003)

     
     

    "Form and Function in Functional Linguistics." Nihon Gengo Kagakkai (Japanese Society of Linguistic Sciences), Kobe University, Kobe, Japan. (July 5, 2003)

     
     

    "Form and Function in Human Language." The First International Forum on Language, Brain, and Cognition, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. (May 23, 2003)

     
     

    "Iconicity or Functional Transparency?." Second Seoul International Conference on Discourse and Cognitive Linguistics, Korea University, Seoul, Korea. (June 8, 2003)

     
     

    "Iconicity or Functional Transparency?." Primer seminario de vos, cambio de valancia y formaction de palabra, University of Sonora, Hermosillo, Mexico. (November 21, 2003)

     
     

    Writing up the paper and presenting the paper (80% contribution).  "Middle voice in Balinese." 13th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society, UCLA. (May 2, 2003) With Ketut Artawa

     
     Invited Talks
     

    "Genitive modifiers", National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, Tokyo, Japan. 

     
     

    "What is nominalization?" Ehime University, Ehime, Japan.

     
     

    "Functional definitions of clauses and sentences". National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, Tokyo, Japan. December 5, 2012

     
     

    Faculty of Education, Miyazaki University

     
     

    Faculty of Language Information Science, University of Tokyo, Komaba

     
     

    Institute of Japanese Studies and Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Ohio State University

     
     

    Invited speaker.  "Austronesian relativization: A veiw from the field in eastern Indonesia." Institute for Advanced Study, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. (September 23, 2008)

     
     

    "Event integration in clause structure: constraints and resolution of complexity." Seminar on language, evolution and the brain, Kyoto, Japan. (April 24, 2007)

     
     

    Invited speaker for a public lecture.  "Form and function in functional linguistics." The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. (March 23, 2009)

     
     

    "Lectures on complex predicates, their form and grammaticalization pattern." Department of Linguistics, Chulalonkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. (May 27, 2007)

     
     

    "On the form of complex predicates: Or demystifying/demythologizing serial verbs." Institute of Linguistics, Acadmia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. (March 8, 2007)

     
     

    Invited speaker for a public lecture.  "On the typology of relative clauses." Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. (March 26, 2009)

     
     Relativization in Sasak and Sumbawa, eastern Indonesia
     
     

    "Form and function in functional linguistics." Department of Electric Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China. (October 13, 2006)

     
     

    "On the continuous nature of grammar: the case of -te iku/kuru constructions in Japanese." Department of Japanese Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China. (October 12, 2006)

     
     

    "On the form and grammaticalization patterns of complex predicate constructions." Department of Lingusitics, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China. (October 11, 2006)

     
     

    "On the grammaticalization of complex predicate constructions." The Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. (January 2, 2006)

     
     

    "On the grammaticalization of motion verbs in Japanese." Department of Linguistics/Department of Japanese, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. (Janaury 3, 2006)

     
     

    "The form and grammaticalization pattern of complex predicate constructions." The Lingusitic Society of the Phipillines, Manila, Philippines. (October 23, 2006)

     
     

    "Grammaticalization of verbs of going and coming in Japanese." Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Texas, Austin. (March 7, 2005)

     
     

    "On the conceptual framework for voice phenomena." Department of Linguistics, University of Nijmegen, Nijmegen, Holland. (May 9, 2005)

     
     

    "On the grammaticalization of complex predicates." Institute of Linguistics, Acadmia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. (December 23, 2005)

     
     

    "The form and function in functional linguistics:based on crosslinguistic data on causatives." National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan. (December 13, 2005)

     
     

    "What is voice?." National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan. (December 9, 2005)

     
     

    Dinstinguished Visitor to the East Asian Studies Department, University Alberta.  "East Asian languages and linguistic theory." East Asian Studies Department, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada. (April 7, 2004)

     
     

    "Form and function in functional grammar." Language and Information, Tokyo University, Tokyo, Japan. (July 23)

     
     

    Dinstinguished Visitor to the East Asian Studies Department, University Alberta.  "Form and function in functional linguistics." Linguistics Department, Unviersity of Alberta, Alberta, Canada. (April 2, 2004)

     
     

    "Form and function in functional linguistics." Linguistics Department, University of Texas, Austin, Austin, Texas. (March 3, 2004)

     
     

    "Language use and language structure." Linguistics Department, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan. (July 10, 2004)

     
     

    Dinstinguished Visitor to the East Asian Studies Department, University Alberta.  "Language, reality, and speaker: The case of subjectification in Japanese." East Asian Studies Department, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada. (April 6, 2004)

     
     

    "Caussative event structures and the causative syntax." Department of Linguistics, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. (June 5, 2003)

     
     

    "Form and Function in Functional Linguistics." Department of Linguistics, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware. (September 5, 2003)

     
     

    "Form and Function in Functional Linguistics." Department of Linguistics, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan. (May 21, 2003)

     
     

    "A new perspective on voice phenomena." Global Perspectives on Human Language: Sicentific Studies in Honor of Joseph H. Greenberg, Stanford University. (April 26, 2002)

     
     

    "Functionalism in Linguistics." Second Language Acquisition Forum, Hiroshima University, Japan. (December 14, 2002)

     
     

    "Synchronic polysemy and diachronic explanations: The case of Japanese -rare." Langauge Change and Historical Linguistics, St. Catherine's College, Kobe Institute. (April 8, 2002)

     
     

    "Synchronic typology and diachronic explanations-The case of the middle voice-." VII Encuentro Internacional de Linguistica en el Noroeste, University of Sonora, Mexico. (September 12, 2002)

     
     

    "The non-case for 'experiencer' and 'possessor'." Conference on Semantic Role Universals, Max Planck Institutes of Cognitive Neuroscience and Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany. (December 6, 2002)

     
     

    "Voice." Workshop on Jpanese Linguistics, Oxford University. (September 21, 2002)

     
     Keynote Speaker
     

    "Rethinking relative clauses”, Fifth International Conference on the

    Linguistics of Contemporary English, University of Texas, Austin.

     
     

    “The role of morphology in valency alternation phenomena”, Seminario de complejidad sintáctica, University of Sonora, Mexico.

     
     

    “V-V and V-te V complexes in Ryukyuan”,  National Institute for Japanese Languages and Linguistics International Symposium 2013 “Mysteries of V-V complexes in Asian languages”. Tokyo, Japan. 

     
     

    "Amami Ryukyuan nominalizations". International Workshop on language endangerment and Ryukyuan linguistics. University of the Ryukyus, Japan. Janaury 23, 2012

     
     

    "NP-heads and genitive modifiers",  Coloquio Internacional AMAZONICAS 4: La estructura de las lenguas amazónicas: fonología y sintaxis. Lima, Peru April 25, 2012

     
     

    “Some theoretical issues in valency alternations”,  International Symposium on valency classes and alternations, National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, Tokyo, August 5, 2012

     
     

    Chinese-Japanese Contrastive Linguistics Conference 3

     
     

    International Conference on Practical Linguistics 7, San Francisco State University

     
     

    International Institute of Okinawan Studies, University of the Ryukyus

     
     

    Atelier international: Finitude et nominalisation, CNRS, France

     
     

    "Grammaticalization of motion verbs." International Conference on Language, Cognitition and culture, Taipei, Taiwan. (March 9, 2007)

     
     

    Keynote speaker.  "Nominalization and relativization." II Confer┐ncia A Estrutura das L┐nguas Amaz┐nicas:Fonologia e Gram┐tica, Recife, Brazil. (November 24, 2008)

     
     Relativization in Sasak and Sumbawa, eastern Indonesia
     
     

    "Grammaticalization of complrex predicate constructions." The 4th International Conference on Construction Grammar, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan. (September 1, 2006)

     
     

    "Grammaticalization of motion verbs." he 50th Anniversary Conference of Linguistic Society of Korea ◑, Seoul, Korea. (June 23, 2006)

     
     

    "On the gradient nature of grammat-the case of -te iku/kuru construtions in Japanese." The 1st Philippine-Japan Linguistics Conference, Davao, Philippines. (October 20, 2006)

     
     

    "Issues in language typology--a 30[year review." Kansai Linguistics Society, Osaka, Japan. (June 4, 2005)

     
     

    80% responsibility and delivery of the talk.  "On the grammaticalization of verbs of coming and going: A Japanese-Korean comparative perspective." Japanese/Korean Linguistics Conference 15, Madison, Wisconsin. (October 8, 2005) With Sung-Yo Chung

     
     

    "The attrition of the Austronesian focus system." Taiwan-Japan Workshop on Austronesian Languages, Taipei, Taiwan. (June 11, 2005)

     
     

    "The role of grammatical relations in grammaticalization studies." 3rd workshop on voice and valency, University of Sonora, Hermosillo, Mexico. (November 11,)

     
     Lectures
     

    "Lectures on Functional-Typological Linguistics". Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima, Peru, May 8-9, 2012

     
     

    speaker.  "Issues in Functional Typology." Distinguished Schoalrs Lecture Series in Linguistics 2009, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. (March 11-March 25, 2009)

     
     Lectures on complex predicates
     
     

    "Lectures on complex predicates." Department of Linguistics, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan. (July 17-20, 2006)

     
     

    "Seminar on voice." Department of Letters and Linguistics, University of Sonora, Hermosillo, Mexico. (May 5-7, 2003)

     
     

    "On the conceptual framework for voice phenomena." Bambang Kaswanti, Atma Jaya Catholic University, Jakarta, Indonesia. (May 10, 2002)

     
     

    "On the conceptual framework for voice phenomena." Department of Linguistics, Thamassat University, Bangkok, Thailand. (May 20, 2002)

     
     

    "On the conceptual framework for voice phenomena." Department of Chinese, Linguistics, and Translation, City Univesity of Hong Kong. (May 8, 2002)

     
     

    "On the conceptual framework for voice phenomena." Department of English/Linguistics, Udayana University, Denpasar, Indonesia. (May 15, 2002)

     
     

    "On the conceptural framework for voice phenomena." Department of Linguistics, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. (May 17, 2002)

     
     

    "The causative continuum." Department of Linguistics, University of Indonesia. (May 13, 2002)

     
     

    "The causative continuum." Stephen Matthews, University of Hong Kong. (May 5, 2002)

     
     Other
     Focus constructions without focus morphology
     
     Panelist
     

    International Conference on Historical Linguistics XX, Osaka, Japan

     
     Seminar Speaker
     

    Invited Seminar presentor.  "Seminar on Functional Typology." Department of Linguistics, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentine.

     
     Workshops
     

    International Conference on Historical Linguistics XX, Osaka Japan

     
     

    "On the conceptual framework for voice phenomena." Operations on arugment Structure: Focus on Japanese and German, Free University of Berlin. (March 7, 2002)

     
    Editorial Positions
     Other, Oxford Syntax Survey Series. Oxford University Press. (2001 - 2013)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Oxford Guides to the World's Languages. Oxford University Press. (2012 - 2013)

     Editor in Chief, Handbooks of Japanese Language and Linguistics. Mouton de Gruyter. (2011 - 2013)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Language and Dialogue. John Benjamins. (2010 - 2013)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Japanese Language and Literature. American Association of Teachers of Japanese. (2011 - 2013)

     Member of the Editorial Board, International Journal of Okinawan Studies. International Institute of Okinawan Studies, The Uni of the Ryukyus. (2011 - 2013)

     Series Editor, London Library of Oriental and African Languages. John Benjamins. (1991 - 2013)

     Series Editor, Studies in Japanese Linguistics. Kurosio Publishers/CSLI. (1991 - 2013)

     Series Editor, Asian Linguistics Series. Curzon. (1997 - 2013)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Constructions and Frames. John Benjamins. (2008 - 2013)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Brill Studies in Language. Brill. (2009 - 2013)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Philippine Journal of Linguistics. Linguistics Society of the Philippines. (2008 - 2013)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Dialogue. John Benjamins. (2011 - 2013)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Studies in Language Companion Series. John Benjamins. (2002 - 2002)

     Editor, Papers in Japanese Linguistics. Department of Linguistics, Univeristy of California/University of Southern California. (2003 - 2003)

     Editor, Gengo Kenkyu. The Linguistic Society of Japan. (2003 - 2003)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Languages of the World. (2002 - 2002)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung. (2002 - 2002)

     Editor, Pragmatics. International Pragmatics Association. (2003 - 2003)

     Series Editor, Studies in Japanese Linguistics. Kurosio Publishers/CSLI, Stanford University. (2003 - 2003)

     Member of the Editorial Board, International Review of Chinese Linguistics. City University of Hong Kong. (2002 - 2002)

     Series Editor, London Library of Oriental and African Langauges. John Benjamins. (2003 - 2003)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Linguistic Typology. (2002 - 2002)

     Associate Editor, Asian Linguistics Series. Curzon. (2002 - 2002)

     Associate Editor, Asian Linguistics. Curzon Press. (2003 - 2003)

     Editor at Large, International Encyclopedia of Linguistics. Oxford University Press. (2002 - 2002)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Japanese Linguistics. (2003 - 2003)

     Editor at Large, Oxford Syntax Survey Series. Oxford University Press. (2002 - 2002)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of East Asian Linguistics. Kruwel. (2003 - 2003)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Studies in Language. John Benjamins. (2003 - 2003)

     Editor, London Library of Oriental and African Langauges. John Benjamins. (2002 - 2002)

     Series Editor, Studies in Japanese Linguistics. Center for the Study of Langauge and Information and Kurosio Syuppan. (2002 - 2002)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Studies in Language Companion Series. John Benjamins. (2003 - 2003)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Language Science. Pregamon. (2003 - 2003)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Linguistics. (2003 - 2003)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Langauges of the World. Linom Europa. (2003 - 2003)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung. (2003 - 2003)

     Member of the Editorial Board, International Review of Chinese Linguistics. City University of Hong Kong. (2003 - 2003)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Linguistic Typology. Mouton de Gruyter. (2003 - 2003)

     Other, International Encyclopedia of Linguistics (Second edition). Oxford University Press. (2003 - 2003)

     Other, Oxford Syntax Survey Series. Oxford University Press. (2003 - 2003)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     David William Fleck, Ph.D. A Grammar of Matses. (2002) (Committee Member)

     Rolando Felix, Ph.D. A Grammar of Wairhio. (2004) (Committee Member)

     Andrei Filtchenko, Ph.D. Eastern Khanty: A Grammatical Description. (2004) (Committee Member)

     Caleb Everett, Ph.D. Patterns in Karitiana: Articulation, Perception, and Grammar. (2006) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Andrej Filtchenko, Ph.D. A Grammar of Eastern Khanti. (2007) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Gu-Jing Lin, Ph.D. Argument Structures of Tsou: Simple Predicates and Complex Predicates. (2007) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Naonori Nagaya, Ph.D. The Lamaholot Language of Eastern Indonesia. (2011) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Anne Marie Hartenstein, Ph.D. Middle voice in Northern Moldavian Hungarian. (2012) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Christopher Keiichi Schimidt, Ph.D. A grammar of Wangka. (2012) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Christopher Keiichi Schmidt, Ph.D. Morphosyntax of Wangka: a dialect of Rembong-Riung. (2013) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Haowen Jiang, Ph.D. Nominalizations in Formosan Languages. (2014) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Hoawen Jiang, Ph.D. Nominalizations in Formosan languages. (2014) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Yingying Tang, Ph.D. The role of different components of short-term memory in interference resolution during sentence comprehension. (2014) (Committee Member)

     Carlos Molina-Vital, Ph.D. Middle voice in Quechua. (2014) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Anne Marie Hartenstein, Ph.D. Middle voice in Northern Moldavian Hungarian. (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Japan Studies Fellowship, Japan Foundation (June-December, 2012)

     Collaborative Research Fellowship, Rice Humanities Research Center (2012-2013)

     Honorary member, Linguistics Society of the Philippines, Linguistics Society of the Philippines (2010)

     Christensen Felllowship, St. Catherine's College, Oxford University (April-June, 2009)

     Distinguished Fellow, The Institute for Advanced Study, La Trobe University (August 28, 2006)

     Austronesian voice systems: An eastern Indonesian perspective, National Science Foundation (August 17, 2006)

     Doctoral dissertation research: Eastern Khanty: A Grammatical Description (Andrei Filtchenko), National Science Foundation (2004-2005)

    Positions Held
     Visiting Professor, National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics. (2013 - 2013)

     President, Linguistic Soceity of Japan. (2003 - 2003)