Yukinori Takubo

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Yukinori Takubo
National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics
Job title
Litt. D.(Kyoto University)
Other affiliation
Kyoto University
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Yukinori Takubo is the Director-General of National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics. He is also a professor emeritus of Kyoto University, Japan. He received Doctor of Lit. in linguistics from Kyoto University. His research interests include generative syntax, pragmatics, discourse management theory, Mental Spaces, formal semantics, and the description and documentation of Ryukyuan languages, sister languages of Japanese.
His academic publications appeared, among others, in Gengo Kenkyu, Journal of the Linguistic Society of Japan, Journal of Japanese Linguistics, Journal of Pragmatics and Ene, Journal of the Linguistic Society of Korea. He has (co-)authored and (co-)edited fifteen books/book series/special issues of journals, including Nihongo no Kozo: Suironi to Chisikikanri (Structure of Japanese: Inference and Knowledge Management), Nihongo Bunpou (Basic Grammar of Japanese), Shijishi (Demonstrativs), Iwanami Series of Language Sciences, Gengo Kenkyu, and Journal of Semantics.
He was editor-in-chief of Gengo Kenkyu, Journal of the Linguistic Society of Japan, the vice president of Japan Cognitive Science Science Society and is currently an executive board member of the Society of Japanese Linguistics and the Society of Japanese Grammar.
Prior to his current appointment he was a full-time visiting lecturer of Dongguk University, Korea, an Associate Professor of Kobe University, a Professor of Kyushu University. He has also taught at the LSA institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Residence at Carleton College.

He has been constructing a web-based museum for the documentation of endangered languages in Ryukyu, the prototype of which can be accessed at:


Only the link to Nishihara in Miyako is currently active.

Research Areas

  • Linguistics / Linguistics / Pragmatics, semantics, syntax, Ryukyuan
  • Linguistics / Linguistics / Linguistics
  • Linguistics / Linguistics / Pragmatics, Semantics, Endangered Languages

Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2018
President, Linguistic Society of Japan
Oct 2017
Director-General, Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics
Apr 2016
Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University
Oct 2014
Sep 2015
Visitting professor, Ntional Institute of Japanese and Linguistics
Oct 2000
Mar 2016
Professor, Department of Linguistics, Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University
Apr 2010
Mar 2014
Visiting Professor, National Institute of Japanese and Linguistics
Mar 2007
Jun 2007
Fullbright Scholar in Residence, Program in linguistics, Carleton College, USA
Jun 2001
Aug 2001
Professor, LSA Summer Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Apr 1996
Sep 2000
Professor, Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Letters, Kyushu University
Apr 1991
Mar 1996
Associate Professor, Faculty of Letters, Kyushu University

Published Papers

Yukinori Takubo
Journal of the Linguistic Society of Japan   (154) 1-27   Sep 2018   [Refereed][Invited]
The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate an approach to language as it relates to cognition and thought processes by looking into the mapping relation among spatial, temporal, and modal domains. I will take up the problem of polysemy involving ...
Tonal neutralization in the Ikema dialect of Miyako Ryukyuan
Yosuke Igarashi, Yukinori Takubo, Yuka Hayashi and Tomoyuki Kubo
Tonal Change and Neutralization, de Gruyter Mouton   NA(NA) 83-128   Feb 2018   [Refereed]
Yukinori Takubo
McClure, W and A. Vovin (eds.), Studies in Japanese and Korean historical and theoretical linguistics and beyond, Brill, 3-12.   NA(NA) 3-12   Dec 2017   [Refereed][Invited]
The purpose of this paper is to introduce our project to design a web-based museum for endangered languages that is easily updatable, and can serve as a basis for collaborative research on endangered languages. Our museum also aims to provide a fo...
On the autonomy of syntax
Yukinori Takubo
In: Fujita, K. and Y. Nishimura (eds.) Nitiei taisyoo-bunpoo to goi heno toogooteki apurooti (Contrasting Japanese and English: An integrated approach toward syntax and lexicon) . Tokyo: Kaitakusya   34-47   May 2016   [Invited]
On the structure of knowledge base
Yukinori Takubo
In:Fujita, K. and Y. Nishimura (eds.) Nitiei taisyoo-bunpoo to goi heno toogooteki apurooti (Contrasting Japanese and English: An integrated approach toward syntax and lexicon) . Tokyo: Kaitakusya   180-187   May 2016   [Invited]
Japanese tense and aspect as temporal ordering: Why you cannot say 'ta-mae' or 'ru-ato'
Yukinori Takubo
Journal of Japanese Grammar   12(2) 65-77   Sep 2012   [Refereed][Invited]
Ryuukyuugo Miyako Ikema hoogen ankusento teikei wa 2-kei de atte, 2-kei dewa nai (The Ikema dialect of Miyako Ryukyuan has a three-, not two-, pattern accent system).
Igarashi, Y., Y. Takubo, T. Pellard, Y. Hayashi and T. Kubo.
Journal of the Phonetic Society of Japan.   16(1) 134-148   May 2012   [Refereed]
About the fieldwork on Ikema
Yukinori Takubo
Nihongogaku   30(6) 24-33   May 2011   [Invited]
Japanese expression of temporal identity: aspectual and counterfactual interpretation of tokoro-da
Yukinori Takubo
Japanese/Korean Linguisictics   (18) 392-409   Mar 2011   [Refereed][Invited]
Conditional modality: Two types of modal auxiliaries in Japanese
Takubo, Yukinori
Pizziconi, B. and M. Kizu (eds.) Japanese Modality: Exploring its Scope and Interpretation, London:Palgrave Macmillan   150-182   Oct 2009   [Refereed][Invited]
Nihongo sizisi no imiron to toogoron: kenkyuusiteki gaisetu (The semantics and syntax of the Japanese demonstratives: historical overviews of past works)
Yukinori Takubo
. Temamura et al. eds. Gengo no kenkyuu: Yuurasia syogengo kara no siza (Studies of language: from the perspectives of languages in Eurasia) Daitoo bunka daigaku   311-338   Nov 2008   [Invited]
An Overt Marker for Individual Sublimation in Japanese.
Takubo, Yukinori
Shibanani, M. et al. (eds.) The History and the Structure of Japanese. Tokyo: Kurosio Syuppan. 135-151   135-151   Jan 2008   [Invited]
Gunji, Takao, Stefan Kaufmann, Yukinori Takubo,
Journal of Semantics   25(3.) 221-227   2008   [Refereed]
Two types of modal auxiliaries in Japanese: two directionalities in inference
Japanese/Korean Linguistics   15 440-451   Jun 2007   [Refereed]
Non-veridial use of Japanese expressions of temporal preceedence
Kaufmann, Stefan and Yukinori Takubo
McGloin, N. et al. (eds.). Japanese/Korean Linguistics 15. Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford   15(15) 358-369   Jun 2007   [Refereed]
Hoji, H., S. Kinsui, Y.Takubo, and A. Ueyama
Li, A. and A. Simpson (eds.), Functional Structure(s), Form and Interpretation: Perspectives from East Asian Languages. London: Routledge   97-128   Sep 2003   [Invited]
Demonstratives, Bound Variables, and 'Reconstruction' Effects
Hoji,H., S. Kinsui, Y. Takubo, and A. Ueyama,
The Proceedings of Glow in Asia 2nd Conference at Nanzan University   141-158   Sep 2000   [Refereed]
Takubo, Yukinori and Satoshi Kinsui
Journal of Pragmatics   28(6) 741-758   Dec 1997   [Refereed]
On the Scope of Negation and Question in Japanese
Takubo, Y.
Journal of Japanese Linguistics   10 87-115   1985   [Refereed]
The Structure and the Derivation of Japanese Unlike Subject Desiderative
Takubo, Y.
Linguistic Journal of Korea   6(1) 163-177   Jun 1981   [Refereed]
On the Derivation of Japanese Modal Construction
Takubo, Yukinori
KLS Kansai Linguitic Society   2    1982   [Refereed]


Struggling with an Endangered Ryukyun Language : Creating a Digital Museum to Document Endangered Languages
Yukinori Takubo
Intercultural communication review   15 7-17   2017   [Invited]
Lexical Manifestation of an Extensionalizing Operator in Japanese
Takubo, Yukinori, Junko Sasaguri and Yumiko Kinjo
The Second Seoul International Conference on Discourse and Cognitive Linguistics      Jun 2003
The disourse management system in natural language
Takubo, Yukinori, Satoshi Kinsui and Toshiyuki Sadanobu
19-26   Dec 1992   [Invited]

Books etc

Ryukyuan and Premodern Japanese - Toward the Reconstruction of Proto-Japanese-Ryukyuan
Yukinori Takubo (Part:Joint Editor)
Kurosio Publishers   Apr 2016   ISBN:978-4874246924
Languages and Cultures of Ryukyu
Yukinori Takubo (Part:Editor, Editor, Introduction)
Kurosio Publishers   Nov 2013   ISBN:9784874245965
Structures of Japanese--Inference and knowledge management
Takubo, Yukinori
Kurosio Publishers   Nov 2010   ISBN:487424503X
松本 裕治, 今井 邦彦, 田窪 行則, 橋田 浩一, 郡司 隆男 (Part:Joint Work, Chapter 2)
Iwanami Syoten   Apr 2004   ISBN:4000069012
野田 尚史, 益岡 隆志, 佐久間 まゆみ, 田窪 行則
岩波書店   Jan 2002   ISBN:4000067192
Gilles Fauconnier (Part:Joint Translation, Chapter 1 and 2)
Iwanami Syoten   Sep 2000   ISBN:4000054465
Takubo, Yukinori, Hiroshi Mito, Yasuhiro Katagiri, Yuji Nishiyama, Megumi Kameyama (Part:Editor, Editor, Introduction)
Iwanami Syoten   Mar 1999   ISBN:4000108573
Takubo, Yukinori, Haruo Kubozono, , Katsuhiko Shirai, Kikuo Maekawa, Kiyoshi Honda, Seiichi Nakagawa (Part:Editor, Editor, Introduction)
Iwanami Syoten   May 1998   ISBN:4000108522
田窪 行則, 中島 平三, 福井 直樹, 稲田 俊明, 外池 滋生
岩波書店   Jan 1998   ISBN:4000108565
田窪 行則
くろしお出版   Jun 1997   ISBN:4874241425
Gilles Fauconnier (Part:Joint Translation)
Hakusuisha   Oct 1996   ISBN:4560019894
Hasida, Koiti, Yukio Otsu, Yukinori Takubo and Morihiro Sugishita (Part:Joint Work, Chapter 3)
Iwanami Syoten   Mar 1995   ISBN:4000106171
Takubo, Yukinori (Part:Editor)
Kurosio Publishers   Jun 1994   ISBN:4874240925
Kinsui, Satoshi and Yukinori Takubo (Part:Joint Editor, Editing)
Hituzi Syobo   Nov 1992   ISBN:4938669099
Masuoka, Takashi and Yukinori Takubo (Part:Joint Work)
Kurosio Publishers   May 1992   ISBN:4874240666
Noam Chomsky (Part:Joint Translation, Chapters 2,3,4 and the postscript)
Sangyo Tosho   Oct 1989   ISBN:9784782800515
Peter Sells (Part:Joint Translation, Chaper 2)
産業図書   May 1988   ISBN:4782800428
Masuoka, Takashi and Yukinori Takubo (Part:Joint Work)
Kurosio Publishers   Sep 1987   ISBN:4874240216

Conference Activities & Talks

Epistemic questions in Korean and Japanese [Invited]
Yukinori Takubo
Seoul Linguistics Forum--Modality in Discourse   8 Dec 2018   
Modals in Japanese [Invited]
Yukinori Takubo
Colloquium at Seoul Linguistics Forum   7 Dec 2018   
Experimental Study of Inter-language and Inter-generational Intelligibility:Methodology and Case Studies of Ryukyuan Languages
Masahiro Yamada, Yukinori Takubo, Shoichi Iwasaki et al.
Japanese/Korean Linguistics conference 26   30 Nov 2018   
Modal questions in Korean and Japanese [Invited]
Yukinori Takubo and Masahiro Yamada
Colloquium talk at Center for Linguistic Research, College of Humanities, Seoul National University   24 Oct 2018   
Mutual Intelligibitity tests and how language distances can be measured by them?  [Invited]
Yukinori Takubo
Colloquium talk at Center for Linguistic Research, College of Humanities, Seoul National University   25 Oct 2018   
Mutual intelligibility as a measure for linguistic distance and intergenerational transmission [Invited]
Yukinori Takubo
NINJAL International Symposium: Approaches to Endangered Languages in Japan and North-East Asia   8 Aug 2018   
How many languages are there in Japan [Invited]
Yukinori Takubo
MINJAL mini lecture series   14 Jul 2018   National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics
The correlation of strict subcategorization and dependency properties of subordinators in Japanese [Invited]
Yukinori Takubo
Kansai Linguistics Society   9 Jun 2018   
How many languages are there in Japan? [Invited]
Yukinori Takubo
LREC   10 May 2018   
Issues in data archiving in fieldworks [Invited]
Yukinori Takubo
2 Mar 2018   

Research Grants & Projects

JSPS: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Basic Research B)
Project Year: Apr 2017 - Mar 2021    Investigator(s): Yukinori Takubo
JSPS: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Basic Research B)
Project Year: Apr 2017 - Mar 2021    Investigator(s): Yosuke Igarashi
JSPS: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Basic Research C)
Project Year: Apr 2017 - Mar 2020    Investigator(s): Ikumi Imani
JSPS: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Basic Research C)
Project Year: Apr 2014 - Mar 2016    Investigator(s): Taisuke Nishigauchi
JSPS: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Basic Research B)
Project Year: Apr 2013 - Mar 2016    Investigator(s): Syuntaro Tida
JSPS: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Basic Research A)
Project Year: Apr 2012 - Mar 2016    Investigator(s): Shigehisa Karimata

Committee Memberships

Apr 2018
Linguistic Society of Japan  President
Jul 2013
Jul 2018
CIPL  Executive committee member
Jul 2008
Jul 2018
CIPL  member of GA