Associate Professor (Junkyouju) of Linguistics, Mie University

Department of Humanities/Faculty of Humanities, Law and Economics (link)


Email: sawadao(at)human.mie-u.ac.jp



Office hours: Monday and Tuesday, 12am-1pm, and by appointment


Mailing address

Department of Humanities, Mie University

1577 Kurimamachiya-cho, Tsu city

Mie, 514-8507, Japan

Telephone: +81-59-231-9145


Broad interests

Semantics, Pragmatics, Syntax, Typology, Cross-linguistic Semantics

Japanese linguistics (syntax, semantics, pragmatics)

Philosophy of Language, Cognitive Science


Narrow interests

Scalar semantics/pragmatics, comparatives, topic and focus, polarity sensitivity, indeterminateness, classifiers,

measure phrases, vagueness, modality, conditionals, presupposition, implicatures (conventional/conversational),

speech acts, information structure, event structure, honorifics, diminutives


Teaching (2016, first semester)

• Seminar on modality (Special Lecture on the Structure of English Sentences IV/Special Lecture on English Linguistics III), graduate (Humanities/Education)

(Tue4)[course info]

• Seminar on polarity sensitive items (Language science seminar A), undergraduate

(Thu3)[course info]

• Semantics (English Language A)

(Thu2)[course info]

• English I (Wed2)

• English II (Tue 5, Thu4)

- Non-regular course

Studies in American culture (lecture series), ‘language and linguistics’



Japanese (native), Old Japanese, English, French, Spanish (basic), German (basic), Korean (basic)


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