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SAWADA Osamu(Associate Professor) [Webpage] [KUID]

Personal Background

Osamu SAWADA received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Chicago in 2010, after which he conducted research at Kyoto University as a JSPS postdoc. From 2010 to 2019, he taught at Mie University. In fall 2019, he became a member of Kobe University.

Fields of Specialization

Semantics, Pragmatics
Linguistics, Philosophy of Language

Selected Publications

  • “The role of comparison in discourse: The meaning and use of the Japanese utterance comparative expressions sore-yori-(mo) ‘than that’ and nani-yori-(mo) ‘than anything’.” Language and Linguistics 24. 2023.
  • “The Japanese reactive attitudinal nani-mo: A new class of negative polarity items.” Gengo Kenkyu 160. 2021.
  • Pragmatic Aspects of Scalar Modifiers: The Semantics-Pragmatics Interface (Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics). Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2018.
  • “An utterance situation-based comparison.” Linguistics and Philosophy 37. 2014.
  • “The comparative morpheme in Modern Japanese: Looking at the core from ‘outside’.” Journal of East Asian Linguistics 22. 2013.
  • “Pragmatic aspects of implicit comparison: An economy-based approach.” Journal of Pragmatics 41. 2009.