Research Departments・Position

Cross-regional Studies・Affiliated Associate Professor


Research Interests / Keywords

・Linguistic Diversity in Southeast Asia
・Expressives in Asia


Linguistic Diversity in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is the home of extremely high levels of social diversity, including cultural and linguistic. Many of the languages of Asia have not been described, nor do we have a good understainding of how multilingualism fucntions in Southeast Asian societies. The key area of research are the Lao-Chinese border and Lao-Vietnam border areas.

Expressives in Asia

Expressives, or ideophones as they are known in other regions, lie somewhere between grammar and poetry, and thus by definition require multidisciplinary approaches to research. Southeast Asia and South Asia both have rich areas of expressive language, which is closely related to not only culture and knowledge systems, but is also an area of performance in daily life that hsa not recieved much attention. This research builds upon experience with endangered languages of Laos and Myanmar, and benefits from exchange and comparative analysis with researchers from South Asia.

Research funds

Type Theme Period
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) Documentation of endangered languages in Munda 2018 – 2021
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) A Study of Languages and Linguistic Change in Middle-Mekong Region 2017 – 2021
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) Diversity in the relationship between low and upland society in mountain Southeast Asia 2017 – 2020
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) Agenda setting for sustainable development of Southeast Asian agriculture and rural society 2017 – 2020
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) Beyond Arbitariness: Typological research on expressives 2016 – 2018
Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows Sound Symbolism in the Munda Languages 2016 – 2017