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Collaborative Research Projects (FY2009-2015)

The core research projects are large-scale inter-university projects for which the Institute makes an allout effort toward the academic purpose of elucidating the overall picture of the Japanese language. At present, under the leadership of full professors and invited professors, the projects are being implemented on the national and international levels in cooperation with domestic and overseas researchers and research organizations. Concurrently, middle- and small-scale projects have also started: “original/developing-type collaborative research,” which deals with topics that are novel and rich in originality, and “incubation/discovery-type collaborative research,” which is expected to bring forth a new dimension of research in the future.

Core Research Projects

Project Title Project Leader Project Period
Phonological Characteristics of the Japanese Lexicon KUBOZONO Haruo October 2009 - March 2016
Syntactic, Semantic, and Morphological Characteristics of the Japanese Lexicon KAGEYAMA Taro October 2009 - March 2016
Modeling of the Ecology of Writing and Its Application to Sociolinguistics YOKOYAMA Shoichi October 2009 - March 2016
The Japanese Lexicon: A Rendaku Encyclopedia Timothy J. VANCE November 2010 - March 2016
General Research for the Study and Conservation of Endangered Dialects in Japan KIBE Nobuko October 2009 - March 2016
Field Research Project to Analyze the Formation Process of Japanese Dialects ONISHI Takuichiro October 2009 - March 2016
Exploring Variation in Contemporary Japanese: Multiple Approaches AIZAWA Masao October 2009 - March 2016
Formation Processes of Japanese Language Varieties and Creoles SANADA Shinji October 2009 - September 2013
Comprehensive Research Based on Large-Scale, Long-Term Studies of Japanese INOUE Fumio April 2012 - March 2016
A Diachronic Contrastive Study of Japanese Interrogatives KINSUI Satoshi April 2013 - March 2016
Basic Research on Corpus Annotation MAEKAWA Kikuo October 2009 - March 2016
Design of a Diachronic Corpus TANAKA Makiro October 2009 - March 2016
Foundations of Corpus Japanese Linguistics MAEKAWA Kikuo October 2009 - March 2016
Adnominal Clauses and the "Mermaid" Construction: Grammaticalization of Nouns TSUNODA Tasaku October 2009 - March 2012
Modal and Speech-Act Constraints on Clause-Linkage TSUNODA Tasaku October 2009 - March 2012
Universals and Crosslinguistic Variations in the Semantic Structure of Predicates Prashant PARDESHI October 2009 - March 2016
Typological and Historical/Comparative Research on the Languages of the Japanese Archipelago and their Environs John WHITMAN April 2012 - March 2016
Study on Teaching and Learning Japanese as a Second Language in a Multicultural Society SAKODA Kumiko April 2010 - March 2016
Research on Language and Education for Communication NODA Hisashi April 2013 - March 2016

Topic-specific Projects

Project Title Project Leader Project Period
Half a Century of Honorifics Usage and Attitudes toward Honorifics: Focusing on the Analysis of Survey Data from Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture INOUE Fumio November 2010 - March 2012
Linguistic Variations within the Confines of the Language Faculty: A Study in Japanese First Language Acquisition and Parametric Syntax MURASUGI Keiko November 2010 - October 2013
Corpus-based Online Japanese Accent Dictionary for Japaneselanguage Education MINEMATSU Nobuaki November 2010 - October 2013
Annotation of Sentence-ending Tones and the Speaker’s Intention: Expressions of Speaker’s Expectation of Hearer’s Agreement in Different Japanese Dialects OKADA Shohei November 2010 - October 2013
Identifying Fundamental Concepts Involved with Paralinguistic/Nonlinguistic Information Studies MORI Hiroki November 2010 - October 2013
Japanese and the Typology of Linguistic Expressions for Motion Events: A Crosslinguistic Experimental Study with a Focus on Deixis MATSUMOTO Yo November 2010 - October 2013
Constructing Vocabulary and Grammar Syllabi Based on the Difficulty of Japanese Acquisition Documented in Learners’ Corpora YAMAUCHI Hiroyuki October 2011 - September 2014
Studies of Interaction by Speakers of Japanese as a First or Second Language YANAGIMACHI Tomoharu October 2011 - September 2014


Project Title Project Leader Project Period
Form and Meaning in Japanese Complex Sentence Constructions MASUOKA Takashi November 2010 - October 2013
Analyzing Large-Scale Dialectal Survey Data from Multiple Perspectives KUMAGAI Yasuo October 2009 - September 2012
Contact Dialectology and Sociolinguistic Typology ASAHI Yoshiyuki October 2009 - September 2012
Study on Documents and Meta-languages for Designing a Corpus of Modern Japanese TANAKA Makiro October 2009 - September 2012
Historical Research on Japanese Grammar AOKI Hirofumi November 2010 - October 2013
Sharing of Conversation Corpora that Cover Diverse Styles and Settings DEN Yasuharu November 2011 - October 2014
Compilation of a Handbook of Usage of Japanese Basic Verbs for JFL Learners Prashant PARDESHI October 2009 - September 2012
Interdisciplinary Study on Learning Japanese and the Reality of Language Life of Foreign Permanent Residents in Japan NOYAMA Hiroshi October 2009 - September 2012


Project Title Project Leader Project Period
Structured Description of Kunten-Shiryo (Documents Written in Chinese with Marks for Rendering into Japanese) TAKADA Tomokazu October 2009 - September 2012
Empirical Study on the Role of Prosodic Features in Conversations KOISO Hanae November 2010 - October 2013
The Current States and Changes in the Japanese Spoken in the Metropolitan Area MITSUI Harumi November 2010 - October 2013
A Study of Regional and Generation Differences in Discourse Pattern INOUE Fumiko November 2010 - October 2013
A Study of Ongoing Changes in Modern Japanese NIINO Naoya November 2010 - October 2013
Development of Classification Indices to Treat a Variety of Texts KASHINO Wakako October 2009 - September 2012
Distribution of Vocabulary and Sentence Structures in Texts YAMAZAKI Makoto October 2009 - September 2012
A Study of Compositional Semantic Representation Based on Contextual Information YAMAGUCHI Masaya October 2009 - September 2012
Study of the History of the Japanese Language Using Statistics and Machine-Learning OGISO Toshinobu November 2010 - October 2013

NIHU Inter-institutional Research Projects

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