- Phonology (suprasegmental phonology, mora and syllable, abstractness, morphologically conditioned phonological alternations)
- Morphology (templatic and hierarchical structure, discontinuous dependencies, rule and analogy, word formation)
- Historical linguistics (historical phonology & morphology)
- Polysynthesis (noun incorporation)
- Grammatical relations (subjecthood, voice, ergativity, active/agentive system)
- Word class typology
- Semantic typology (spatial and temporal semantics, lexicalization patterns)
- Language description and documentation
- Native American languages (esp. Cherokee, Iroquoian, Valley Zapotec)
- Caucasian languages (esp. Georgian)
- Ph.D. in Linguistics, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, in progress.
- M.A. in Linguistics, the University of Tokyo, 2007.
- B.A. in Language and Culture, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, 2004.
- 2014. Noun Incorporation in Cherokee Revisited. International Journal of American Linguistics (in print).
- 2009. High Tone in Oklahoma Cherokee. International Journal of American Linguistics, 75.3: 317-336. link
- 2007b. Laryngeal Alternation, Laryngeal Metathesis and Aspirated Consonants in Oklahoma Cherokee. Tokyo University Linguistic Papers 26, 49-72. pdf
- 2007a. Cherokee Phonology and Verb Morphology. Unpublished Master's thesis, Department of Linguistics, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, University of Tokyo. Contents
- 2013. Valley Zapotec diphthongs (with Dr. Gabriela Perez Baez). Work-in-Progress Workshop, University at Buffalo, NY. April 12.
- 2011. Floating high tone in Oklahoma Cherokee. The CRC-Sponsored Summer Phonetics/Phonology Workshop. University of Toronto, Toronto, ON. June 16.
- 2011. Noun Incorporation in Cherokee Revisited. Morphology Workshop. The University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. April 1.
- 2010. Tonal patterns on underived disyllabic nouns in Cherokee. 3rd Annual Oklahoma Workshop on Native American Languages. Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK. April 17-18. pdf
- 2008. Katsukaku-gata gengo ni okeru shugosei - Cherokee-go no jirei kara [Subjecthood in a language with active marking system - a case study in Cherokee] (in Japanese). Tokyo daigaku gengogaku kenkyuu happyoukai 6. University of Tokyo, Tokyo. June 27. pdf
- 2007. Lexical High Tone in Oklahoma Cherokee. Workshop on American Indigenous Languages 10. University of California, Santa Barbara, CA. May 11-12.
- Description of Cherokee phonology and morphology
- Typological properties of the Cherokee suprasegmental system
- Cherokee accents and extrametricality
- Morphosyntactic functions of Cherokee accents
- Hierarchical structure of verbs in Cherokee
- Discontinuous dependencies in Cherokee
- Cherokee aspectual suffixes and inflectional class
- High tone spreading in Oklahoma Cherokee
- VOT analysis of Cherokee plosives (with Professor Tsan Huang)
- Morphosyntactic voice operation in Cherokee
- Valley Zapotec phonology (with Dr. Gabriela Perez-Baez)
- Valley Zapotec diphthongs
- Valley Zapotec glides
- Functions of tones in Valley Zapotec
- Phonology of Valley Zapotec phonations and tones
- Typological studies of the languages of the Americas
- Typology of clothing verbs
- Interaction of theme specific verbs and noun incorporation in the languages of the Americas
Selected Term Papers
- Spring 2010. Pronominals in Edo. Final Paper for Field Methods II (LIN528, Professor Jeff Good)
- Spring 2010. Japanese Verb Inflection. Final Paper for Introduction to Japanese Linguistics (JPN511, Professor Mitsuaki Shimojo)
- Fall 2009. Valency and Grammatical Functions in Cherokee. Final Paper for Argument Structure (LIN 622, Professor Jean-Pierre Koenig)
- Spring 2009. Cut and Break Verbs in Russian. Final Paper for Semantic Typology (LIN623, Professor Juergen Bohnemeyer)
- Fall 2008. Phonetics of Latvian. Final Paper for Phonetics (LIN531, Professor Tsan Huang)
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