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Publications - Verb semantics and argument realization in pre-modern Japanese



Publications by the members of the research team from 2006 - June 2014. Publication from the project after June 2014 can be found here.


Horn, Stephen Wright. 2014. “Projections of subordinate clauses in Old Japanese: Corpus-based groundwork on inflectional types.” 国立国語研究所論集(NINJAL Research Papers) 7: 73-91.


Frellesvig, Bjarke. 2013. "Remarks on the verb suru in Old Japanese – A corpus based study. 上代日本語の「スル」について -- コーパスによる研究". NINJAL Project Review Vol.3 No. 3, pp. 152-77.

Frellesvig, Bjarke, Stephen W. Horn, Kerri L. Russell, and Peter Sells. 2013. "Provisional and Conditional Clauses in Old Japanese." In Ozge, Umut, ed. Proceedings of the 8th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics. MIT Working Papers in Linguistics, 67, 65-78.

Horn, Stephen W. and Kerri L. Russell. 2013. "Null Arguments in Pre-modern Japanese." Acta Linguistica Hafniensia, 45.1.

Russell, Kerri L. 2013. "Motion verbs in Eastern Old Japanese: A corpus based study." 琉球諸語と古代日本語に関する比較言語学的研究/Workshop on Old Japanese and Ryukyuan Languages. University of Kyoto.



Frellesvig, Bjarke, Jieun Kiaer, & Janick Wrona (eds.). 2012. Studies in Japanese and Korean Linguistics. Lincom Studies in Asian Linguistics.

Frellesvig, Bjarke. 2012. "Chronological Layering in proto-Japanese and pre-Old Japanese Verb Inflection". In Frellesvig, Bjarke, Jieun Kiaer, & Janick Wrona (eds.). 2012. Studies in Japanese and Korean Linguistics. Lincom Studies in Asian Linguistics. pp. 28-47.

Horn, Stephen Wright. 2012. "Nihongono iwayuru 'syugo kara mokutekigo e no kuriage' koubun." In Kageyama, Taro (ed.) Zokusei zyozyutu no sekai. Tokyo: Kurosio syuppan.

Russell, Kerri L. and Stephen Wright Horn. 2012. "Verb semantics and argument realization in pre-modern Japanese: A corpus based study." Chung-Hwa Buddhist Journal, 25, 129-148.



Frellesvig, Bjarke & John Whitman. 2011. "Prenominal Complementizers and the Derivation of Complex NPs in Japanese and Korean." Japanese/Korean Linguistics 18, 73-87.



Frellesvig, Bjarke. 2010. A history of the Japanese language. Cambridge University Press.

Watanabe, Akira. 2010. "Vague quantity, numerals, and natural numbers." Syntax 13, 37-77.

Watanabe, Akira. 2010. "Notes on nominal ellipsis and the nature of No and classifiers in Japanese." Journal of East Asian Linguistics 18, 61-74.

Wrona, Janick & Bjarke Frellesvig. The Old Japanese case system: The function of wo. Japanese/Korean Linguistics 17, 565-579. Stanford: CSLI Publications.



Watanabe, Akira. 2009. "Measure phrases in PP." The Proceedings of the Tenth Tokyo Conference on Psycholinguistics, pp. 1-25. Hituzi Syobo, Tokyo.

Whitman, John & Yuko Yanagida. 2009. "Ninshō to kakkaku ruikei - Jōdai Nihongo no daimeishi taikei no kanten kara (人称と活格類型 ―上代日本語の代名詞体系の観点から)". In Tsubomoto Atsurō 坪本篤郎,Wada Naoaki 和田尚明,Hayase Naoko 早瀬尚子 (eds.) Uchi to soto no gengogaku (『「内」と「外」の言語学』. Tokyo: Taishūkan.

Wrona, Janick. 2009. "Koto and negative scope expansion in Old Japanese." Japanese/Korean Linguistics 16. Stanford: CSLI Publications.

Yanagida, Yuko & John Whitman. 2009. "Alignment and word order in Old Japanese." Journal of East Asian Linguistics 18, 101-144.



Frellesvig, Bjarke & John Whitman (eds.). 2008. Proto-Japanese: Issues and prospects (Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 294). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Authored contributions:

  • Bjarke Frellesvig and John Whitman: "Evidence for seven vowels in proto-Japanese", pp. 15-41.
  • John Whitman: "The source of bigrade conjugation and stem shape in pre-Old Japanese", pp. 159-173.
  • Bjarke Frellesvig: "On reconstruction of proto-Japanese and pre-Old Japanese verb inflection", pp. 175-92.
  • Janick Wrona: "The nominal and adnominal form in Old Japanese: Consequences for a reconstruction of pre-Old Japanese syntax", pp. 193-215.

Frellesvig, Bjarke & John Whitman. "The Japanese/Korean Vowel Correspondences." Japanese/Korean Linguistics 13. Stanford: CSLI Publications.

Horn, Stephen Wright. 2008. Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics of the Accusative-Quotative Construction in Japanese. Ph.D. dissertation, Ohio State University.

Sells, Peter (with Masayo Iida). "Mismatches between morphology and syntax in Japanese complex predicates." Lingua 118(7). pp. 947-968.

Watanabe, Akira. "The structure of DP." The Oxford Handbook of Japanese Linguistics, edited by Shigeru Miyagawa and Mamoru Saito, pp. 513-540. Oxford University Press.

Wrona, Janick. 2008. A study in Old Japanese syntax: Synchronic and diachronic aspects of the complement system, volume 4 in the series The Languages of Northern and Central Eurasia, Alexander Vovin (ed.). Global Oriental: London.

Yanagida, Yuko. "Jōdaigo to kakkaku ruikei [Old Japanese and Active Alignment]". Bulletin of the Edward Sapir Society of Japan, vol. 22, 62-63.



Frellesvig, Bjarke, JC Smith & Masayoshi Shibatani (eds.). 2007. Current issues in the history and structure of Japanese. Tokyo: Kurosio Publishers.
Authored contributions:

  • Bjarke Frellesvig: "On the verb morphology of Old Japanese", pp. 219-52.
  • Satoshi Kinsui: "The interaction between argument and non-argument in the diachronic syntax of Japanese", pp. 253-262.
  • S.-Y. Kuroda: "On the syntax of Old Japanese", pp. 263-318.
  • Masayoshi Shibatani: "Grammaticalization of motion verbs", pp. 107-134

Watanabe, Akira. "Topic-Focus articulation in Old Japanese: So/zo and koso". Proceedings of the Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics II (MIT Working Papers in Linguistics, vol. 52), 121-137.

Yanagida, Yuko. "Miyagawa's (1989) Exceptions: An ergative analysis." Formal Approaches to Japanese Linguistics 4: MITWPL Vol.55, 265-276.

Yanagida, Yuko. "Jōdaigo no nōkakusei ni tsuite" [On Ergativity in Old Japanese]. Nihongo no Shubun Genshō [Main Clause Phenomena in Japanese], edited by Nobuko Hasegawa, pp. 147-188. Tokyo Hituzi Shobo.



Kinsui, Satoshi. 2006. Nihongo sonzai hyōgen no rekishi (A history of existential expression in Japanese). Tokyo: Hitsuji Shobo.

Russell, Kerri L. 2006. A reconstruction and morphophonemic analysis of proto-Japonic verbal morphology. PhD Dissertation. University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

Yanagida, Yuko. "Word order and clause structure in Early Old Japanese." Journal of East Asian Linguistics 15, 37-68.