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, classifiers, measure phrases,

minimizers, quantifiers, modality, presupposition, implicatures (conventional/conversational),

discourse particles, information structure, dynamic semantics, honorifics, diminutives, demonstratives


Teaching (2017, first semester)

- Seminar on expressives and projective content (Language Science Seminar C), undergraduate. [Thu 3] (course info)

- Semantics (English language A) [Thu 2] (course info)

- English 1 [Tue 3, 4]

- English 1 communication [Wed 1]


Non-regular courses

- Studies in American culture (lecture series), ‘language and linguistics’ [Mon 5]



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


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