My name in Kanji & Hiragana: 中川奈津子 (なかがわなつこ)

  • 2016 PhD (Human and environmental studies), Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University
  • 2013 MA (Linguistics), Department of Linguistics, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • 2007 MA (Human and environmental studies), Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University
  • 2005 BA (Letters), Department of Japanese Literature, Doshisha University

  • 2019.8-current Project assistant professor of National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics
  • 2019.4-2019.7 Adjunct researcher of National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics
  • 2018.4-2019.3 Research fellow at Graduate School of Humanities, Chiba University
  • 2017.4-2019.3 Part-time lecturer at Aomori Public University
  • 2016.7-current Project Collaborator of National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics
  • 2015.4-2018.3 Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (PD), Chiba University
  • 2015.4-2018.3 Joint researcher of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa)
  • 2014.4-2015.3 Part-time lecturer at Kyoto University
  • 2014.4-2015.3 Part-time lecturer at Doshisha University
  • 2010.8-2012.5 Part-time lecturer at State University of New York

Research interests
I'm particularly interested in information structure:
  • how people process topic, focus, given/new information in online conversation, and
  • how discourse structure is organized.
My current research topic is to investigate the interactions between information structure and intonational phrase, word order, and case particles, cognitive motivations for these interactions, and how I can explain typological tendency in terms of these interactions.
I'm mainly working on Japanese languages and Ryukyuan languages especially in terms of information structure. Currently I'm working on languages in Ishigaki Island, Okinawa. More broadly, I'm interested in the following topics:
  • Processing of information structure
  • Semantic (or Pragmatic) typology
  • Language documentation
  • Conversation and interaction
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Corpus linguistics and computational linguistics
  • Second language learning and pedagogy
  • and so on.

  • Information structure of Spoken Japanese [dissertation prject]
  • Reference grammar of Shiraho Dialect (Ssabu muni), Yaeyama Ryukyuan [with Tyler Lau and Yukinori Takubo]
  • A typological survey of the case-marking systems in Ryukyuan (website) [headed by Michinori Shimoji]
  • Reference grammar of Nambu Dialect (Japanese)

E-mail address
nakagawanatuko *at* gmail.com