Sota Tanaka

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Name
Sota Tanaka
Affiliation
Kyoto University
Section
Graduate School of Letters
Job title
Junior Associate Professor
Degree
PhD in Literature(The University of Tokyo)
Twitter ID
@_sotanaka

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I specialize in the history of Japanese language, especially the history of Japanese written languages (文語文). And now I'm mainly involved with the study of Hentai Kanbun (変体漢文) in Japan.

Hentai Kanbun is one of the writing forms of Japanese language that used to be so popular. It adopts the form and structure of Kanbun (Chinese writing), using almost only Kanji (Chinese characters), not Kana (Japanese syllabary), and word order is SVO, not SOV. So at a glance it seems Chinese, but adding some Japanese features (ex. Japanese autochthonous words, honorific particles, irregular word order) to itself, Hentai Kanbun represents Japanese language, not Chinese. It's a sinicized way to write Japanese, called VARIANT CHINESE, PSEUDO-KANBUN, SIMIL-CHINESE, and so on.

It may seem so weird to write Japanese language in the style of Chinese, but in fact, it was so popular, and was used in old diaries, letters, or various documents. So, Hentai Kanbun is so important when studying the history of Japanese written languages.

Research Areas

 
 

Academic & Professional Experience

 
Oct 2018
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Today
Junior Associate Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University
 
Apr 2016
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Sep 2018
Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, The University of Tokyo
 
Apr 2015
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Mar 2016
PD, Research Fellowship for Young Sciensists, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
 
Apr 2012
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Mar 2015
DC1, Research Fellowship for Young Sciensists, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
 

Education

 
Apr 2012
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Mar 2015
Doctoral Course of the Fields of Japanese History and Japanese Language and Literature, Division of Japanese Studies, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, The University of Tokyo
 
Apr 2010
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Mar 2012
Master's Course of the Fields of Japanese History and Japanese Language and Literature, Division of Japanese Studies, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, The University of Tokyo
 
Apr 2006
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Mar 2010
Department of Humanities, School of Letters, Osaka University
 

Books etc

 
A Study on Hentai Kanbun in the Heian Period
Sota Tanaka
Bensei Publishing   Feb 2019   ISBN:978-4-585-29172-5
Akari Fujimoto, Sota Tanaka, Yuho Kitazaki (Part:Joint Editor)
Bensei Publishing   Feb 2017   ISBN:978-4-585-28032-3

Published Papers

 
Sota Tanaka
Kokugo Kokubun   87(12) 1-14   Dec 2018   [Refereed]
Sota Tanaka
Japanese Linguistics Papers (The University of Tokyo)   (14) 1-24   Mar 2018
Sota Tanaka
Kokugo To Kokubungaku (Studies on Japanese Language and Literature)   95(3) 52-65   Mar 2018   [Refereed]
Sota Tanaka
Ronshu Kodai-go No Kenkyu   245-262   Mar 2017
Sota Tanaka
Japanese Linguistics Papers (The University of Tokyo)   (12) 1-7   Mar 2016
Sota Tanaka
Kokugo Goi-shi No Kenkyu (Studies on the History of Japanese Vocabulary)   (35) 87-104   Mar 2016   [Refereed]
Sota Tanaka
Kunten-go To Kunten-shiryō (Studies on Vernacular Readings of Chinese Texts)   (136) 23-34   Mar 2016   [Refereed]
Sota Tanaka
Japanese Linguistics Papers (The University of Tokyo)   (11) 11-25   Mar 2015
Sota Tanaka
Japanese Linguistics Papers (The University of Tokyo)   (10) 22-37   Mar 2014
Sota Tanaka
Kokugo To Kokubun-gaku (Studies on Japanese Language and Literature)   91(1) 50-66   Jan 2014   [Refereed]
Sota Tanaka
Kunten-go To Kunten-shiryō (Studies on Vernacular Readings of Chinese Texts)   (130) 87-102   Mar 2013   [Refereed]
Sota Tanaka
Japanese Linguistics Papers (The University of Tokyo)   (9) 29-52   Mar 2013

Misc

 
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Izumi Tsūshin   (44) 11-12   Jun 2018   [Invited]
HAYASHI Junko, JIN Yuanyuan, KITAZAKI Yuho, NAGUMO Chikako, TANAKA Sota
Japanese Linguistics Papers (The University of Tokyo)   (13) 28-52   Mar 2017
FUJIMOTO Akari, TANAKA Sota, KITAZAKI Yuho
Nihongo No Kenkyu (Stuides in the Japanese Language)   12(4) 182-175   Oct 2016   [Refereed]
FUJIMOTO Akari, LIM Jiyoung, TANAKA Sota, NAGUMO Chikako, ONO Kyota
Japanese Linguistics Papers (The University of Tokyo)   (12) 53-84   Mar 2016
FUJIMOTO Akari, LIM Jiyoung, TANAKA Sota, NAGUMO Chikako, ONO Kyota
Japanese Linguistics Papers (The University of Tokyo)   (11) 26-74   Mar 2015
FUJIMOTO Akari, LIM Jiyoung, TANAKA Sota, NAGUMO Chikako
Japanese Linguistics Papers (The University of Tokyo)   (10) 38-87   Mar 2014

Conference Activities & Talks

 
Hentai Kanbun in the History of Japanese Written Langueges
Sota Tanaka
2019年度京都大学国文学会   8 Dec 2019   
Sota Tanaka
2019年度京都女子大学公開講座   21 Oct 2019   
Framework and Variation in Kanbun (漢文) in Japan
Sota Tanaka
55th Summer Conference of Kugyol Society   16 Aug 2018   
Sota Tanaka
RUB Japan Science Days 2018 (RJSD2018)   6 Jul 2018   
How did Kanbun get out of the variation of written Japanese?
Sota Tanaka
Conference of Kindai-go Gakkai (Society of Modern Japanese)   16 Jun 2018   
Construction of Owari no Kuni Gebumi (尾張国解文) Corpus
Sota Tanaka, Tomoaki Kono, Makiro Tanaka
Kunten-go Gakkai 117th Conference   22 Oct 2017   
Akari Fujimoto, Sota Tanaka
15th International Conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS2017)   1 Sep 2017   
"Kunten-go (訓点語)" in Hentai Kanbun (変体漢文)
Sota Tanaka
Kunten-go Gakkai 115th Conference   13 Nov 2016   
On the Composition of Owari No Kuni Gebumi (尾張国解文)
Sota Tanaka
Kunten-go Gakkai 112th Conference   8 Nov 2015   
Sota Tanaka, Akari Fujimoto, Yuho Kitazaki
The Society for Japanese Linguistics 2015 Autumn Conference   1 Nov 2015   

Research Grants & Projects

 
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology: Grant-in-Aid for Research Activity Start-Up
Project Year: Aug 2016 - Mar 2018    Investigator(s): Sota Tanaka
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology: Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Research Fellow
Project Year: Apr 2015 - Mar 2016    Investigator(s): Sota Tanaka
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology: Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Research Fellow
Project Year: Apr 2012 - Mar 2015    Investigator(s): Sota Tanaka

Awards & Honors

 
Nov 2015
Subsidy for Publishing, Izuru Shimmura Memorial Foundation
Winner: Akari Fujimoto, Sota Tanaka, Yuho Kitazaki
 
Mar 2015
JSPS Ikushi Prize, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Winner: TANAKA, Sota