PhD, University of Hawaii, Japanese Language and Linguistics
MA, University of Hawaii (Honolulu, HI), Japanese Language and Linguistics
BA, Brigham Young University (Provo, UT), Japanese Language and Literature
My research covers two principle areas:
(1) the history, phonology, and etymology of Old Japanese (broadly defined as the language of the Asuka [592-710] and Nara [710-794] eras),
(2) the literature of the Asuka and Nara eras. Much of my work has started from a philological point of view, looking at the actual texts of various works from these two eras. I also have done theoretical work on the history and lineage of Japanese, especially as it relates to two ancient kingdoms on the Korean peninsula, Paekche and Koguryo.
A Linguistic history of the forgotten islands: a reconstruction of the protolanguage of the Southern Ryūkyūs. 2008. Global Oriental Publishers (London).
The Authenticity of Sendai Kuji Hongi: A New Examination of Texts, with a Translation and Commentary. Leiden: Brill, 2006.
Historiographical trends in Early Japan. Edwin Mellen Press, May 2002.
A Descriptive Grammar of Early Old Japanese Prose. Brill Academic Publishers, 2001.
"The Origin of Man'yôgana." Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 64:1 (2001), 59-73.
"A New Look at Paekche and Korean: Data from Nihon shoki." Language Research 36:2 (2000), 417-443.
"Index of Ross King (1991) Russian Sources on Korean Dialects." Korean Linguistics, Vol. 10 (2000), 205-263.
"Toru in Old Japanese." Journal of East Asian Linguistics 8:2 (1999), 131-146.
"The Creation of Hitomaro, a Poetic Sage." In Dina Rudolph Yoshimi and Marilyn K. Plumlee, (Eds.), The Language of Life, The Life of Language: Selected Papers from the First College-wide Conference for Students in Languages, Linguistics and Literature. University of Hawai'i-Manoa: National Foreign Language Resource Center, 1998, 37-44.
"Japanese Kinship Terminology and Its Etymology." In Dina Rudolph Yoshimi and Marilyn K. Plumlee, (Eds.), The Language of Life, The Life of Language: Selected Papers from the First College-wide Conference for Students in Languages, Linguistics and Literature. University of Hawai'i-Manoa: National Foreign Language Resource Center, 1998, 153-158.
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