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, first semester)

- Seminar on modality and information update (English Linguistics III), graduate (education). (course info)[Tue2]

- Seminar on projectivity and perspective-taking (Language Science Seminar M), undergraduate. (course info)[Thu3]

- Semantics (English language A) (course info) [Thu2]

- English I [Tue3]

- English I communication [Wed2]

- Startup seminar for collegiate learning (Linguistics) [Tue4]

                      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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