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  Rumiko Shinzato
Professor of Japanese
School of Modern Languages

Ph.D., University of Hawaii, Linguistics
Joined faculty in 1991

Research areas/interests
Ryukyuan Linguistics
Corpus Linguistics

Okinawa Bank Foundation 2008 Research Award, July 2008.

As PI:
- Research in Japan grant, Northeast Asian Council, Association for Asian Studies $3,000 (2013)
- Japan Foundation grant, $24, 238 (2012)
- Japan Foundation grant, $20,000 2011)

- DOE, International Research and Studies grant, $556,989 (2009)

Current and recent projects  
Omoro S?shi Book 1: Annotation, Translation and Sound Reconstruction (with An Introduction to the Omoro World)

Research collaborators  
Leon A. Serafim (retired-faculty at University of Hawaii)
Moriyo Shimabukuro (University of the Ryukyus)

Recent and selected publications  
• Shinzato, Rumiko and Leon A. Serafim. 2013. Synchrony and Diachrony of Okinawan Kakari Musubi in Comparative Perspective with Premodern Japanese, Kent, UK: Global Oriental/Brill. 2013.

Book Chapters:
• Shinzato, Rumiko. 2015. Two types of conditionals and two different grammaticalization paths. In: Sylvie Hancil, Alexander Haselow, Margje Post (eds), Final Particles, 157-180. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
• Shinzato, Rumiko. 2015. Okinawan kakari musubi in historical and comparative perspectives. In: Shinsho Miyara, Patrick Heinrich, Michinori Shimoji (eds.), Handbook of the Ry?ky?an Languages, 299-320. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
• Shinzato, Rumiko. 2014. (Inter)subjectivity and Japanese grammar – A functional approach. In: Kabata, Kaori, and Tsuyoshi Ono (eds.), Usage-Based Approaches to Japanese Grammar: Towards the Understanding of Human Language, 85-108. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
• Shinzato, Rumiko. 2014. From degree/manner adverbs to pragmatic particles in Japanese: A corpus-based approach to the diachronic parallel developments of amari, bakari, and yahari. In: Andreas H. Jucker and Irma Taavitsainen (eds.), Diachronic Corpus Pragmatics: Intersections and Interaction, 77-105. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
• Shinzato, Rumiko. 2011. Nominalization in Okinawan: From a diachronic and comparative perspective. In: Foong Ha Yap, Karen Grunow-Hεrsta and Janick Wrona (eds.), Nominalization in Asian Languages: Diachronic and Typological Perspectives. Volume II: Asia Pacific Languages. Typological Studies in Language, 445-472. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Journal articles:
• Shinzato, Rumiko. 2015. Conceptual domain transfer in the grammaticalization of demonstratives. Language and Cognitive Science 1.1: 109-132.
• Shinzato, Rumiko. 2011. From a manner adverb to a discourse particle: The case of yahari, yappari and yappa. Journal of Japanese Linguistics 27: 17-44.
• Shinzato, Rumiko and Leon A. Serafim. 2011. |ga| no kakari musubi no kasetsu to kensh?: Ry?ky?ko no h?gen no kijutsuteki kenky? ni motozuite. [The |ga|-type kakari musubi hypotheses and their verification based on descriptive studies of Ry?ky?-archipelago dialects]. Nihongo no Kenky? 7.4: 83-98. "

Professional associations
Linguistic Society of Japan
American Association of Teachers of Japanese
Nihongo Kyoiku Gakkai
Association of Asian Studies