Verb semantics and argument realization in pre-modern Japanese:
A comprehensive study of the basic syntax of pre-modern Japanese
The VSARPJ project is now concluded. It ran from 1 January 2009 until June 2014. It was funded by a generous award of almost £1 million from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The project was placed within the University's Research Centre for Japanese Language and Linguistics (in the Faculty of Oriental Studies), with participation from the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics (University of Oxford) and the Department of Linguistics at the University of York.
The original project proposal can be read here. As the project developed in its initial phase, we ended up focusing on Old Japanese, the earliest attested Japanese from the 8th century, in light of research being conducted elsewhere, especially National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL) .
One important outcome of the VSARPJ project is the Oxford Corpus of Old Japanese (OCOJ), which is the most extensive and detailed parsed corpus of Old Japanese in existence. The OCOJ continues as an independent research project. Other outcomes of the project can be found here, and this will be updated as publications continue to appear as a result of the VSARPJ project.