(Ph.D. University of Chicago, linguistics)


Associate Professor 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 (2014, first semester)

• Seminar on modality (English Linguistics I)

                                     (Thu 3)[course info]

• Semantics (English Language A)

                                     (Thu 2)[course info]

• English II (Tue 5, Thu 4)

• English I (Wed 2)


- Non-regular courses/lecture series

Reconsidering the meaning of culture (lecture series), ‘meaning and context-dependency’

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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