Journal of Japanese Linguistics

The Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture congratulates Professor Masahiko Minami, Foreign Languages and Literature Department, who is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Japanese Linguistics beginning January 2014. The Journal of Japanese Linguistics editorial office moved to San Francisco State University, and the journal is housed on the website of the Dilena Takeyama Center. For more information, contact Prof. Minami at (415) 338-7451 or

Until December 2013, the Journal of Japanese Linguistics was available at the Institute for Japanese Studies at the Ohio State University.



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Current Issue: Volume 33

Publication Year: 2017

Scheduled Publication: October 2017

Special Issue

  • Sociocultural and dialogical perspectives on language and communicative activity for second language education (Koichi Nishiguchi)
  • Compilation of Japanese learners’ dictionaries (Yuriko Sunakawa)
  • The effects of narrative types in children’s narrative production (Hiromi Muranaka-Vuletich)
  • Practical linguistics of Japanese: Japanese linguistics’ contributions to teaching dareka/nanika (Etsuyo Yuasa)
  • A new approach to business Japanese instruction: Content-based instruction using business cases (Tomoko Takami)
  • Co-regulation in pair work: Insights from the Japanese as a foreign language (JFL) classroom (Vera E. W. Hanaoka)
  • A new content-based textbook for intermediate/advanced Japanese (Noriko Nagata)
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Masahiko Minami, San Francisco State University/National Institute for Japanese Language & Linguistics

Honorary Editor

Mineharu Nakayama, The Ohio State University/National Institute for Japanese Language & Linguistics

Editorial Board

Kaoru Horie, Nagoya University
Hideki Kishimoto, Kobe University
Armin Mester, University of California, Santa Cruz
Toshiyuki Ogihara, University of Washington
Shigeko Okamoto, University of California, Santa Cruz
Peter Sells, University of York

Journal of Japanese Linguistics Submissions

Call for submissions

The Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture at San Francisco State University is happy to announce the publication of Journal of Japanese Linguistics under a new editorial board (Editor-in-Chief, Masahiko Minami). JJL seeks to sustain and enhance an intellectually stimulating discussion forum. The journal publishes original research that deals with issues in Japanese linguistics from both theoretical and descriptive perspectives and from a wide range of areas including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, language variation, acquisition, and historical linguistics as well as discussion of pedagogical implications. It is intended to provide linguists an opportunity for discussions of research and exchange of ideas and solutions. JJL also promotes interaction and collaboration between theoretical and descriptive camps so that together they may lead to a better understanding and treatment of Japanese linguistic phenomena. Under these objectives we would like to invite submissions to JJL that fall under the following categories:

  1. empirically oriented, descriptive work that includes original observations of linguistic phenomena
  2. theoretical application to empirical work
  3. experimental work that evaluates a linguistic theory
  4. discussion of linguistic issues problematic to language pedagogy and/or pedagogical implications of (1) or (2)

JJL also publishes special issues. If you are interested, please contact the editor.

Submission Guidelines

  1. The editor assumes that a manuscript submitted for publication has not previously been published, and that it is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere. At the time of submission, the contributor should indicate if a modified version of the manuscript is being considered for publication elsewhere. Copyright will be held by the Journal of Japanese Linguistics.
  2. Manuscripts intended for publication should conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) Style Sheet, except for certain conventions specified below. The author's name should not appear under the title on page 1, and any wordings elsewhere that would identify the author should be avoided. Please attach a separate sheet of paper that specifies the title and the author's name, affiliation, and mailing address. A 200-word abstract of the article should be provided on this sheet. Areas of study to which the article may be of particular interest (such as formal syntax or conversational analysis) should be listed at the end of the abstract.
  3. Manuscripts should be written in English and typed on one side of letter-size or A4 paper. Endnotes, not footnotes, should follow on a new page, labeled "Notes." References should begin on a new page following the endnotes. All text, including notes, must be double-spaced. Example sentences should be accompanied by a word-for-word gloss and a free translation. Any abbreviation should be explained on first use in a note.
  4. Isolated words or phrases in Japanese that appear in the text should be italicized or underlined. Glosses of individual Japanese words should follow that word in quotations, e.g., sensei "teacher." For all Japanese citations, please use one of the commonly used Romanization systems.
  5. The editor reserves the right to return manuscripts for retyping if the proper conventions are not followed.

The e-version (either a Word or PDF file) of the manuscript, including inquiries regarding book reviews (500-750 words), should be sent to as an attachment. The editor may request a hard copy of the manuscript. In such a case, please send a copy to:

Journal of Japanese Linguistics
Department of Foreign Languages
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Volume 32

Publication Year: 2016

Scheduled Publication: January 2017

Volume 32 Cover


  • Submergence of lexically encoded egocentricity in syntax: The case of subjective emotion predicates in Japanese (Harumi Minagawa)

Special Section

  • Triple operations of rendaku processing: Native Chinese and Korean speakers learning Japanese (Katsuo Tamaoka, Kyoko Hayakawa, and Timothy J. Vance)
  • /p/-driven geminate devoicing in Japanese: Corpus and experimental evidence (Shigeto Kawahara and Shin-ichiro Sano)
  • Unproductive alternations and allomorph storage: The case of Sino-Japanese (Phillip Burness)

Book Reviews

  • Review of “Sequential Voicing in Japanese” edited by Timothy J. Vance and Mark Irwin (Reviewed by Nicolas Tranter)
  • Review of “The Handbook of Japanese Lexicon and Word Formation” edited by Taro Kageyama and Hideki Kishimoto (Reviewed by Peter Sells)
  • Review of “The Handbook of Japanese Applied Linguistics” edited by Masahiko Minami (Reviewed by Naomi H. McGloin and Shigeko Okamoto)
  • Review of “Cognitive-Functional Approaches to the Study of Japanese as a Second Language” edited by Kaori Kabata and Kiyoko Toratani (Reviewed by Kyoko Masuda)



Table of Contents: Volume 32 Table of Contents (pdf)

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Volume 31

Publication Year: 2015

Scheduled Publication: February 2016



  • L1-L2 asymmetry in animacy effects in the processing of Japanese relative clauses (Sanako Mitsugi and Yasuhiro Shirai)
  • Relative tense in relative clauses (Toshiyuki Ogihara)
  • The verb doubling construction in Japanese (Yuji Hatakeyama, Kensuke Honda, and Kosuke Tanaka)
  • Comments on verb doubling construction in Japanese (Michiya Kawai)

Special Section: • Aspects of scientific Japanese revealed by JECPRESE (Hiroko Hayashi and Judy Noguchi)

Book Reviews: • Review of “Modern Japanese Grammar: A Practical Guide” and “Modern Japanese Grammar Workbook” (Reviewed by Priya Ananth) • Review of “Usage-based Approaches to Japanese Grammar: Toward the Understanding of Human Language” (Reviewed by Misumi Sadler) • Review of “Japanese: A Linguistic Introduction” (Reviewed by Oana David) • Review of “The Passive of Japanese: A Cartographic Minimalist Approach” (Reviewed by Hitomi Hirayama) • Review of “The Handbook of Japanese Phonetics and Phonology” (Reviewed by Mary E. Beckman) • Review of “The Handbook of Japanese Psycholinguistics” (Reviewed by Koichi Otaki) • Review of “The Handbook of the Ryukyuan Languages: History, Structure, and Use” (Reviewed by Shoichi Iwasaki)


Table of Contents:  JJL31_table-of-contents.pdf

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Volume 30

Publication Year: 2014

Scheduled Publication: March 2015


  • Extended discourse in first and second language acquisition: A challenge and an opportunity (Catherine E. Snow)
  • Japanese compliment discourse: The process of collaborative construction (Kyoko Satoh)
  • Sequential patterns of storytelling using omotte in Japanese conversation (Maki Shimotani and Tomoko Endo)
  • A corpus-based analysis of the paradigmatic development of semi-polite verbs in Chinese and Korean learners of Japanese (Hitoshi Horiuchi)
  • Language learners’ use of non-turn-final ne (Paul Ganir)
  • A role for “air writing” in second-language learners’ acquisition of Japanese in the age of the word processor (Margaret Thomas)
  • On expressions of agent de-topicalized intentional events: A contrastive study between Japanese and Russian (Kensaku Soejima)


Table of Contents: Volume 30 Table of Contents (pdf)

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Volume 29

Publication Year: 2013

Scheduled Publication: February 2014


  • The kono … noni construction: A semantic, syntactic and pragmatic analysis (Harumi Minagawa)
  • Some observations on wh-clauses in Japanese Sign Language (Asako Uchibori and Kazumi Matsuoka)
  • The polarity-sensitive intensifier mouth gestures in Japanese Sign Language (Kazumi Matsuoka and Jon Gajewski)
  • Book Review: An Introduction to Japanese Linguistics, 3rd Edition (Seth Goss)

Table of Contents: JJL29 Table-of-contents.pdf

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Volume 28

Publication Year: 2012

Special Issue: Selected Papers from the 7th International Conference on Practical Linguistics of Japanese


  • Taro Kageyama: Diversity and uniformity of Grammar: When ungrammatical expressions become grammatical
  • Timothy J. Vance: Benjamin Smith Lyman as a phonetician
  • Yoko Hasegawa: Deictic and anaphoric uses of the Japanese demonstratives ko-so-a
  • Mutsuko Hudson Endo: Three uses of kata ‘person’ in Japanese
  • Prashant Pardeshi and Yuko Yoshinari: An investigation into the interaction between intentionality and the use of transitive/intransitive expression: A contrastive study of Japanese and Marathi
  • Noriko Yoshimura, Mineharu Nakayama, Tomohiko Shirahata, Koichi Sawasaki, and Yasushi Terao: Zibun and locality in L2 Japanese
  • Carlos L. Pimentel and Mineharu Nakayama: Pronominal interpretations in L2 Japanese

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Volume 27

Publication Year: 2011


  • Yuji Hatakeyama, Kensuke Honda and Kosuke Tanaka: The physical attribute construction in Japanese and the cognate object construction in English
  • Rumiko Shinzato: From a manner adverb to a discourse particle: The case of yahari, yappari, and yappa
  • Harumi Minagawa: Marking or not marking? How is number construal understood in Japanese?
  • Mark Irwin: Mora clipping of loanwords in Japanese
  • Harry Solvang and Naoko Maeda: Testing the validity of linguistic description against the intuition of native speakers: The case of Japanese conditionals
  • Kazuma Fujimaki: The position of nominative NPs in Japanese: Evidence for nominative NPs in-situ

Table of Contents: JJL27Tofcontents.pdf

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Volume 26

Publication Year: 2010

Special Edition in memory of S-Y Kuroda Pricing: Special for this issue only: Back issues of Journal of Japanese Linguistics only $10 when ordered with Volume 26!

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Volume 25

Publication Year: 2009

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Volume 24

Publication Year: 2008

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Volume 23

Publication Year: 2007

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Volume 22

Publication Year: 2006


  • The V-te-miro conditional imperative and other imperative forms: Grammaticalization of lexemes in constructions (Hideki Mori)
  • On the borrowing of sokuon/Q/ in words from Korean (Toshihiro Sugawara)
  • Transitivity in Japanese sentence production: Speech errors of the dative NI and the accusative O (Noriko Iwasaki)

Volume 21

Publication Year: 2005


  • Syntactic categories and argument structures of verbal nouns in Japanese light verb constructions (Masaaki Kamiya)
  • The semantics of interrogative pronouns, existential(-like) quantifiers, and universal(-like) quantifiers in Japanese (Hisashi Morita)
  • Dissertation Abstract: The layered internal structure and external syntax of PP (Seiki Ayano)

Volume 20

Publication Year: 2004

Special Issue: Recent Issues in Japanese Phonetics and Phonology Guest Editor: Haruo Kubozono


  • Morphological contrast and merger: ranuki in Japanese (Junko Ito and Armin Mester)
  • The learnability of the stratified phonological lexicon (Mitsuhiko Ota)
  • Prototypical features of phonetic/phonological categories (Michinao Matsui)
  • Weight neutralization in Japanese phonology (Haruo Kubozono)
  • Dissertation Abstracts

Volume 19

Publication Year: 2001


  • "Historical development of the accusative case marking in Japanese as seen in classical literary texts" (Shigeru Miyagawa and Fusae Ekida)

Volume 18

Publication Year: 2000


  • Mora augmentation processes in Japanese (Stuart Davis and Isao Ueda)
  • Switch-reference and semantic discontinuity in Late Old Japanese (T.E. McAuley)
  • Japanese adjectives in small clause complements (Rumiko Sode)
  • Dissertation Abstracts (Various)


The back cover of this volume, we regret, contains some errors. The author of "Japanese adjectives in small clause complements" should have read "Rumiko Sode"---our sincere apologies to Dr. Sode---and the page numbers should read: 1, 25, 51, 83 respectively.

Volume 17

Publication Year: 1999

Special Issue: The Interface between Lexical Semantics and Syntax/Morphology Taro Kageyama, Guest Editor


  • The role of AFFECTED in lexical causative alternations in Japanese (Shinako Imaizumi)
  • Polymorphism and boundedness in event/entity nominalizations (Taro Kageyama)
  • Locative alternation in Japanese: A case study in the interaction between syntax and lexical semantics (Hideki Kishimoto)
  • Event structure and adjuncts in Japanese deverbal compounds (Yoko Sugioka)
  • Locative postpositions ni and de on the level of Conceptual Structure (Seiji Ueno)
  • A modular approach to the semantic interpretation of syntactic V-V compounds (Yoko Yumoto)

Volume 16

Publication Year: 1998


  • "On Kakarimusubi in Old Japanese: A Possibility under a Perspective of Generative Grammar" (Hajime Ikawa)
  • "Remarks on Nominative Objects" (Masatoshi Koizumi)
  • "(s)ase as an Elsewhere Causative and the Syntactic Nature of Words" (Shigeru Miyagawa)
  • "Quotation Verb to Modal: TO YUU Reconsidered" (Hiroko Terakura)
  • "Change-Relatives in Japanese" (Sumiko Tonosaki)

Volume 15

Publication Year: 1993


  • "Lexical and Productive Causatives in Japanese: An examination of the theory of paradigmatic structure" (S.-Y.Kuroda)
  • "Nonsubject Honorification: A Pragmatic Approach" (Shoko Hamano)
  • "The Generalized Transformation Analysis of Relative Clauses" (Keiko Murasugi)
  • "Notes on Control Constructions in Japanese" (Naoko Nemoto)
  • "Extraction of Doo and Its Implications" (Hiroyuki Ura)

Volume 14

Publication Year: 1992


  • "Head-Movement and Case-Marking in Japanese" (Naoki Fukui and Taisuke Nishigauchi)
  • "The Phrase Structure Analysis of Japanese Passives" (Masatake Muraki)
  • "The Giving of Evidence: A Study of Sentence Extensions and Gender in Japanese" (Janet S. Smith)
  • "Nominative Objects in Japanese" (Hiroaki Tada)
  • "Some Observations on Sentences with Aida and Nagara" (Wako Tawa)

Volume 13

Publication Year: 1991


  • "The Onbin of g-Initial Syllables" (Brent de Chene)
  • "A Movement Approach to Multiple Subject Constructions in Japanese" (Minoru Fukuda)
  • "The Generalized Projection Principle and Its Implications for Passive Constructions" (Hiroto Hoshi)
  • "On the Semantic Properties of Unaccusativity" (Natsuko Tsujimura)
  • "An Autosegmental Account of Japanese Verbal Conjugation" (Stuart Davis and Natsuko Tsujimura)
  • "A New Experimental Study of Japanese Verb Morphology" (Timothy J. Vance)

Volume 12

Publication Year: 1990


  • "Japanese complex predicates and lexical phonology" (Anne-Marie Grignon)
  • "Discourse functions of zibun" (William J. Herlofsky)
  • "The linguistic notion 'head' in Japanese language teaching" (Hajime Hoji and Yoshihisa Kitagawa)
  • "Expression of appeal in the utterance design of Japanese conversational language" (Senko K. Maynard)
  • "TAI and GARU: Derivational suffixes or predicates?" (Masatake Muraki)