Bjarke Frellesvig


Professor of Japanese Linguistics; Fellow of Hertford College 

Faculty / College Address:

Oriental Institute / Hertford College


Research Interests:

  • Japanese linguistics
  • Japanese-Korean comparative linguistics
  • Historical linguistics
  • Language change theory
  • Phonology

Current Projects:

Courses Taught:

  • Old Japanese
  • Classical Japanese
  • Japanese grammar
  • History and structure of Japanese
  • Japanese linguistics

Recent Publications:

  • 2016 (with John Whitman). “The Historical Source of the Bigrade Transitivity Alternations in Japanese”. Transitivity and Valency Alternations: Studies on Japanese and Beyond, edited by Taro Kageyama and Wesley Jacobsen, pp. 289-310. De Gruyter Mouton.
  • 2015 (with Stephen Horn and Yuko Yanagida). “Differential object marking in Old Japanese: A corpus based study.” In Historical Linguistics 2013: Selected papers from the 21st International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Oslo, 5-9 August 2013, edited by Dag Haug, pp. 195-211. John Benjamins.
  • 2015. “Why romanize a corpus of (Old) Japanese?”.コーパスと日本語史研究 Corpus-Based Historical Studies in Japanese, edited by Yasuhiro Kondo, Makiro Tanaka, and Toshinobu Ogiso, pp. 167-175. Hituzi Syobo Publishing.
  • 2014. “Okkusufoodo joodai nihongo koopasu [オックスフォード上代日本語コーパス The Oxford Corpus of Old Japanese]”. Nihongogaku [published by Meiji Shoin], 33/14, pp. 42-54.
  • 2013. Japanese/Korean Linguistics 20. (edited with Peter Sells). Stanford: CSLI Publications
  • 2013. “Remarks on the verb suru in Old Japanese – A corpus based study. 上代日本語の「スル」について -- コーパスによる研究”. NINJAL Project ReviewVol.3 No. 3, pp. 152-77.
  • 2013. (with Stephen W. Horn, Kerri L. Russell, and Peter Sells). 2013. “Provisional and Conditional Clauses in Old Japanese.” Proceedings of the 8th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics (= MIT Working Papers in Linguistics 67), edited by Umut Ozge, pp. 65-78.
  • 2013. 私が薦めるケンブリッジ大学出版局の本 The languages of Japan (Masayoshi Shibatani) [Watashi ga susumeru Kenburijji Daigaku Shuppankyoku no hon: The languages of Japan (Masayoshi Shibatani)]". Daigaku Shuppan 93, 16-17. Tokyo.
  • 2012. Studies in Japanese and Korean Linguistics (edited, with Jieun Kiaer and Janick Wrona). LINCOM.
  • 2012. "Chronological Layering in proto-Japanese and pre-Old Japanese Verb Inflection". In Frellesvig. Kiaer, Wrona 2012, pp. 28-47.
  • 2011. (with John Whitman). “Prenominal Complementizers and the Derivation of Complex NPs in Japanese and Korean”. Japanese/Korean Linguistics 18, pp. 73-87.
  • 2010. (with Stephen Horn, Kerri Russell and Peter Sells). “Verb Semantics and Argument Realization in Pre-Modern Japanese: A Preliminary study of Compound Verbs in Old Japanese”. Gengo Kenkyū 138:25-65.
  • 2010. A history of the Japanese language. Cambridge University Press

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