The University of Tokyo Graduate
School of Arts and Sciences

Language and Information Sciences

東京大学大学院総合文化研究科言語情報科学専攻

The University of Tokyo

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Department of Language and Information Sciences

3-8-1, Komaba, Meguroku, Tokyo 153-8902 Japan

TEL: 81-3-5454-6376

FAX: 81-3-5454-4329

Linguistic Systematicity and Universality/Diversity

The characteristic systematicity of human language can be observed at every level of its organization, from words through sentences to connected discourse, both in its formal and semantic aspects. What kind of systematicity prevails at each level, and how these different kinds of systematicity relate to each other constitute the most fundamental questions in linguistic research, and contrastive linguistic approaches often prove effective and revealing in analyzing specific languages.

Complementing this line of research are studies on the nature of language universals and the range of possible diversity found in human language, as well as those on diachronic change and synchronic variation. These make essential contributions to the whole enterprise of defining human language by elucidating the dynamic capacity for adaptation through interaction with various factors which lies beneath its static, internal systematicity.

Faculty

Phonology:
Izabelle Grenon, HIROSE Yuki, TANAKA Shin'ichi, TERASAWA Jun, YOSHIKAWA Masayuki
Writing Systems:
ISHIDA Hidetaka, IWATSUKI Jun'ichi, UEDA Hiroto, YADA Tsutomu, YOSHIKAWA Masayuki
Syntax:
FUJII Seiko, HIROSE Yuki, INABA Jiro, ITO Takane, MORI Yoshiki, NAKAZAWA Tsuneko, OGOSHI Naoki, OHORI Toshio, ONO Hideki, TANAKA Shin'ichi, TERASAWA Jun, TSUBOI Eijiro, UEDA Hiroto, Yang Kairong, YATABE Shuichi
Semantics:
FUJII Seiko, ITO Takane, KATO Tsuneaki, MORI Yoshiki, OGOSHI Naoki, OHORI Toshio, ONO Hideki, TSUBOI Eijiro, Brendan Wilson, Yang Kairong, YATABE Shuichi
Discourse:
FUJII Seiko, KATO Tsuneaki, MATSUMOTO Kazuko, MORI Yoshiki, ONO Hideki, USAMI Yo
Contrastive linguistics:
FUJII Seiko, INABA Jiro, MORI Yoshiki, OGOSHI Naoki, OHORI Toshio, ONO Hideki, TANAKA Shin'ichi, TSUBOI Eijiro, UEDA Hiroto, USAMI Yo, Yang Kairong
Universals of language:
HIROSE Yuki, INABA Jiro, ITO Takane, MATSUMOTO Kazuko, MORI Yoshiki, OHORI Toshio, TANAKA Shin'ichi, YATABE Shuichi
Cross-linguistic diversity and language variation:
FUJII Seiko, HIROSE Yuki, INABA Jiro, MATSUMOTO Kazuko, MORI Yoshiki, OGOSHI Naoki, OHORI Toshio, ONO Hideki, TANAKA Shin'ichi, TSUBOI Eijiro, USAMI Yo, Yang Kairong
Language change:
MATSUMOTO Kazuko, MATSUMURA Takeshi, TERASAWA Jun, UEDA Hiroto, YADA Tsutomu, YOSHIKAWA Masayuki
Dialectology:
HIROSE Yuki, MATSUMOTO Kazuko, TANAKA Shin'ichi, TERASAWA Jun, UEDA Hiroto, YOSHIKAWA Masayuki