Professor of linguistics, Kobe University

Department of Linguistics (link)/Graduate School of Humanities and Faculty of Letters (link)


Email: sawadao(at)lit.kobe-u.ac.jp



Office hours: Monday and Tuesday, 12am-1pm, and by appointment


Mailing address

Department of Linguistics, Kobe University

1-1 Rokkodai-cho, Nada-ku

Kobe city, 657-8501, Japan

Telephone: +81-78-803-5554


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, classifiers, measure phrases,

minimizers, quantifiers, modality, presupposition, implicatures (conventional/conversational),

discourse particles, information structure, dynamic semantics, honorifics, diminutives, demonstratives


Teaching (2024, 1st-2nd quarters)

- Linguistics seminar/theoretical linguistics I, undergraduate/graduate [Wed 2]

- Seminar on discourse structure (Linguistics seminar), undergraduate (course info) [Thu 3]

- Seminar on modality (Seminar in cognitive linguistics/science II), graduate (course info) [Thu 4]

- Lexical semantics III (Special lecture in linguistics/Special lecture in cognitive linguistics/science), undergraduate/graduate (course info) [Fri 2]

                                      Non-regular courses

- Introduction to cognitive system

- Humanities seminar (linguistics)



Japanese (native), Old Japanese, English, French, Spanish (basic), German (basic), Korean (basic)


  [experience]      [publications]      [presentations]      [teaching]      [semantics workshop in Tokai & Kansai]