Junko Shimoyama

Associate Professor
Department of Linguistics
McGill University

Recent papers & presentations


Moulton, Keir and Junko Shimoyama. 2019. On the Inverse Trace Conversion and maximal informativeness analysis of Japanese internally-headed relative clauses: A reply to Erlewine and Gould 2016. Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics, 4(1), 5. DOI:

Shimoyama, Junko, Daniel Goodhue and Mako Hirotani. 2018. Embeddability of biased negative polar questions in Japanese, presentation at WAFL 14, MIT [slides]

Socolof, Michaela and Junko Shimoyama. 2018. The distribution of the Māori Genitive Relative Construction. The 25th Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA). [slides]

Drummond, Alex and Junko Shimoyama. 2017. Adverbial comparatives as event modifiers. Proceedings of the 47th North East Linguistic Society (NELS 47), GLSA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. [pdf draft]

Alonso-Ovalle, Luis and Junko Shimoyama. 2017. Modal indefinites: where do Japanese wh-kas fit in? In Ana Arregui, María Luisa Rivero, and Andrés Pablo Salanova, eds., Modality Across Categories. Oxford University Press, 30-48.

Kratzer, Angelika and Junko Shimoyama. 2017. Indeterminate pronouns: The view from Japanese. In Chungmin Lee, Ferenc Kiefer and Manfred Krifka, eds., Contrastiveness in Information Structure, Alternatives and Scalar Implicatures. Springer, 123-143.

Shimoyama, Junko and Alex Drummond. 2016. Apparent vehicle change phenomena in the absence of ellipsis. In Michael Kenstowicz, Ted Levin and Ryo Masuda, eds., Japanese/Korean Linguistics 23, CSLI Publications. [pdf draft]

Shimoyama, Junko, Alex Drummond, Bernhard Schwarz and Michael Wagner. 2015. Movement and ellipsis in afterthought right dislocation, sluicing and fragments. Proceedings of the 2015 Annual Conference of the Canadian Linguistics Association. [pdf

Yoon, Erica J. and Junko Shimoyama. 2014. Predictions of the two-grammar hypothesis for Korean and Japanese. ms. [pdf draft]

Drummond, Alex and Junko Shimoyama. 2014. QR as an agent of vehicle change. In Jyoti Iyer and Leland Kusmer eds., Proceedings of NELS 44. [pdf draft]

Shimoyama, Junko. 2014. The size of noun modifiers and degree quantifier movement. Journal of East Asian Linguistics 23(3): 307-331. DOI: 10.1007/s10831-014-9121-y

Alonso-Ovalle, Luis and Junko Shimoyama. 2014. Expressing ignorance in the nominal domain: Japanese wh-ka. In Robert E. Santana-LaBarge ed., Proceedings of the 31st West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics. 11-20. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project. www.lingref.com, document #3002. 

Yoon, Erica J. and Junko Shimoyama. 2013. The two-grammar model for Korean and its consequences. In Umut Özge, ed., Proceedings of the 8th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics (WAFL 8), MIT Working Papers in Linguistics 67, 381-393. MITWPL. [pdf draft]

Shimoyama, Junko. 2012. Reassessing crosslinguistic variation in clausal comparatives. Natural Language Semantics 20(1):83-113. DOI: 10.1007/s11050-011-9076-8

Shimoyama, Junko. 2011. Clausal comparatives and cross-linguistic variation. In Suzi Lima, Kevin Mullin and Brian Smith, eds., Proceedings of the 39th Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS 39), 677-690. GLSA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Shimoyama, Junko. 2011. Degree quantification and the size of noun modifiers. In William McClure and Marcel den Dikken, eds.,
Japanese/Korean Linguistics, Volume 18, 356-367. Stanford: CSLI Publications. [pre-publication pdf]

Shimoyama, Junko. 2011. Japanese indeterminate negative polarity items and their scope. Journal of Semantics 28(4):413-450. DOI: 10.1093/jos/ffr004

Schwarz, Bernhard and Junko Shimoyama. 2011. Negative islands and obviation by wa in Japanese degree questions. In Nan Li and David Lutz, eds., Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory XX (SALT 20), eLanguage. pp. 702-719. http://elanguage.net/journals/salt/article/view/20.702

Schwarz, Bernhard and Junko Shimoyama. 2010. Epistemic wa and negative islands in Japanese. Handout for MIT Workshop on Comparatives, November 13-14, 2010. [pdf]

Shimoyama, Junko. 2008. Indeterminate NPIs and scope. In Tova Friedman and Satoshi Ito, eds., Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory XVIII (SALT18), CLC Publications, Cornell University, Ithaca. PDF

Shimoyama, Junko. 2008. Indeterminate pronouns. In Shigeru Miyagawa and Mamoru Saito, eds., The Handbook of Japanese Linguistics, 372-393. Oxford: Oxford University Press. DOI: 

Shimoyama, Junko. 2006. Indeterminate phrase quantification in Japanese. Natural Language Semantics 14:139-173.

Shimoyama, Junko. 2006. A QVE-like phenomenon in the Japanese universal construction and its implications. In Yubun Suzuki, Keizo Mizuno, and Ken-Ichi Takami, eds., In search of the essence of language science: festschrift for Professor Heizo Nakajima on the occasion of his sixtieth birthday, 297-309. Tokyo: Hituzi Syobo.
[pre-publication version]

Older papers
Shimoyama, Junko. 2003. Adjectival passives and the Japanese ‘intransitivizing resultative’ V-te aru construction. In Shuji Chiba et al. eds., Empirical and theoretical investigations into language: a festschrift for Masaru Kajita, 647-661. Tokyo: Kaitakusha.
[pre-publication version]

Kratzer, Angelika and Junko Shimoyama. 2002. Indeterminate pronouns: The view from Japanese. In Y. Otsu. ed. The Proceedings of the Third Tokyo Conference on Psycholinguistics (TCP 2002), 1-25. Tokyo: Hituzi Syobo.

Shimoyama, Junko. 2001. Wh-constructions in Japanese. PhD dissertation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Shimoyama, Junko. 1999. Internally headed relative clauses in Japanese and E-type anaphora. Journal of East Asian Linguistics 8:147-182.

Shimoyama, Junko. 1999. Complex NPs and wh-quantification in Japanese. In P. N. Tamanji et al. eds. Proceedings of the 29th North East Linguistic Society (NELS 29), 355-365. GLSA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Shimoyama, Junko. 1995. On ‘sluicing’ in Japanese. Ms., University of Massachusetts, Amherst. [pdf]