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 (2018, second semester)

- Seminar on discourse particles and information update (Seminar on English Linguistics III), graduate (education). (course info)[Tue4]

- Seminar on modality (Language Science Seminar N), undergraduate. (course info)[Thu3]

- Pragmatics (English language B) (course info) [Thu2]

- Introduction to Language Science B [Thu1] (first half)

- English I communication [Wed2]

                      Non-regular course:

                        - PBL Seminar B in Linguistic Science, ‘semantics and pragmatics’



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


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