Kenji Oda

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Kenji Oda
Syracuse University
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Job title
Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D.(University of Toronto), MA(University of Toronto), BA (with distinction)(University of Victoria)
Other affiliation
University of Toronto
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I am a linguist trained in the tradition of generative grammar, a formalist model in which a language is treated as an output of the cognitive device unique to humans, making linguistics part of cognitive science.

My main research interest is the grammar of Modern Irish Gaelic. I am particularly fascinated by the syntax of the language, which is strikingly different from that of more commonly studied Indo-European languages such as English, German, and French. What is even more striking is the fact that Modern Irish still has a considerable number of properties that have not been properly documented in the literature, despite recent revitalization efforts and the amount of attention that Celtic culture has received in recent years. I consider filling this gap in documentation of the Modern Irish syntax thorough a theoretical window is my ultimate goal as a researcher.

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Aug 2014
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Syracuse University
Jan 2014
Jun 2014
Professional Development Coordinator, Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto
Jan 2014
Apr 2014
Sessional Instructor, Department of Language Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga


Sep 2002
Nov 2012
Ph.D., Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto
Jan 2006
May 2006
Visiting student, Department of Linguistics, University of Arizona
Sep 2000
Nov 2002
MA, Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto
Jun 2000
BA, Department of Linguistics, University of Victoria

Published Papers

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   Oct 2015
Manuscript: currently under review. This is an updated version of the 2013 CLA proceedings paper. The link will direct you to Lingbuzz.
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Doctoral dissertation, University of Toronto      2012
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MA Forum Paper, University of Toronto      2002
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Submitted to CLS 53 (2017) Proceedings      2017
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Proceedings of the Canadian Linguistic Association      2013
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In Formal Approaches to Celtic Linguistics, edited by Andrew Carnie. pp.229−255 Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press.      2011   [Refereed]
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Toronto Working Papers in Linguistics   26 23-64   2006
Michael Barrie, Manami Hirayama, Sara Mackenzie, and Kenji Oda
The LinguistList      Mar 2005
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Toronto Working Papers in Linguistics   24 203-231   2005
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In Verb First: On the Syntax of Verb Initial Languages, edited by Andrew Carnie, Sheila Dooley-Collberg, and Heidi Harley. pp.107−133. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.      2005   [Refereed]

Books etc

Special Issue on Japanese Phonology and Morphology
Manami Hirayama and Kenji Oda (Part:Editor, Toronto Working Papers in Linguistics 26)

Conference Activities & Talks

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Dog Days VI Syntax Workshop   9 Aug 2017   
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Waseda Institute for the Study of Language and Information   14 Jul 2017   
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The 53rd Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society   25 May 2017   
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LSA 2016 Annual Meeting   9 Jan 2016   
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Workshop on Relative Clauses: Relatives in East Asia & Beyond   14 Nov 2015   
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Dog Days Syntax Workshop   12 Aug 2015   
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Contrast in Syntax   23 Apr 2015   
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The 88th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America   3 Jan 2014   
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Canadian Linguistic Association   Jun 2013   
Irish Headless Relative Clauses [Invited]
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Department of Linguistics, University of Calgary   22 Apr 2013   

Teaching Experience


Research Grants & Projects

Non-canonical agreement in copular clauses: A cross-linguistic investigation (Research Assistant)
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada: #410-2011-0975
Project Year: 2012       Investigator(s): Susana Béjar and Arsalan Kahnemuyipour
Issues in Niuean syntax (Research Assistant)
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada: #410-01-1415
Project Year: 2001       Investigator(s): Diane Massam

Committee Memberships

42nd Meeting of North-East Linguistic Society (NELS)  Organizing committee
Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal (TOM) Semantics Workshop 1  Organizing committee
International Conference on East Asian Linguistics  Organizing committee
Workshop on Structure and Constituency in Languages of the Americas (WSCLA) 10  Organizing committee

Awards & Honors

The University of Victoria Jubilee Medal for Humanities, University of Victoria


Reviewer for Lingua (2012) and Journal of Linguistics (2012)
Pass with Distinction - Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (European Test of Irish), Leibheal A1 (Level A1, Beginner)