Birth date and place: August 2, 1936; Kobe, Japan
* 1968 Master of Letters (Linguistics), Kyoto University, Japan
* 1997 Doctor of Letters (Linguisitcs), Kyoto University, Japan
* retiree from Kyoto University and Osaka Gakuin University (professor in Linguistics)
* guest scientist, Max Planck Institute, Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany (until November 2009)
* finalizing a grammatical documentation of Alaskan Yupik Eskimo work (based on fieldworks since 1967) ― now under NSF program, IPY-Documenting Alaskan and Neighboring Languages (principal investigator Michael Krauss; #0732787)
* 1965-1982 Otaru University of Commerce (assistant, associate, full professors)
* 1967-1969, 1973, 1977-84, 1990-92 University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Anchorage, etc.
* 1982-1987 Tokyo University of Foregne Languages (professor of Cultural
* 1987-1994 Faculty of Letters, Hokkaido University (professor of Linguistics,
* 1994-2000 Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University (professor oLinguistics,
* 1999-2004 The Vanishing Languages of the Pacific Rim, under the grant of
Japanese Ministry of Education (MEXT; project director)
* 2000-2007 Osaka Gakuin University (professor in Linguistics)
* 2004 Research Centre for Linguistic Typology, Latrobe University, Melbourne,
Australia (research fellow)
* 2007-2009 guest scientist, Max Planck Institute, Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig,
Germany (until November 2009)
1971 Syllable Modification and Quantity in Yuk Phonology, International Journal of Amercin Linguistics 37(4), 219-226.
1977 With Irene Reed, Steven Jacobson, Paschal Afcan, and Michael Krauss. Yup'ik Eskimo Grammar. Fairbanks: Alaska Native Language Center and Yup'ik Language Workshop.
1979 With Elsie Mather. Yup'ik Eskimo Orthography. Revised edition. Bethel: Yup'ik Language Center. pp. 155.
1998 Sketch of Central Alaskan Yupik, an Eskimoan language. In I ves Goddard (e d.), Languages, Volume 17 of Handbook of North American Indians , 325-363. Smithsonian Institution.
2002a What is a "Word"? — Japanese viewed from Eskimo, Sanseido, Tokyo, pp. ii+210 [in Japanese].
2002b [coauthor] Survey of Yup ’ ik Grammar Revised, ELPR (Endangered Languages the Pacific Rim) Series A2-023, Osaka Gakuin University, pp. 105.
2007 ‘Linguistic Diversity in Decline: A Functional View’, Osahito Miyaoka, t al. eds., The Vanishing Languages of the Pacific Rim, Oxford University Press, 144-162.
2008 Morphological Strategies for 'Complex Sentences' and Polysynthesis in Central Alaskan Yupik (Eskimo). In: Vajda, Edward J. ed., Subordination and Coordination Strategies in North Asian Languages. 143-165. Amsterdam John Benjamins.
2009 Comparative Constructions in Central Alaskan Yupik. In: Mahieu, Marc-Antoine and Nicole Tersis eds., Variations on Polysynthesis. 81-93. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
in preparation A Grammar of Central Alaskan Yupik (Eskimo), ca. pp. 1050.
2004 Antipassive (or Half-transitive) vs. Adversative / Benefactive Verbs in Central Alaskan Yupik. Research Centre for Linguistic Typology, La Trobe University
2005 A functional view of linguistic diversity and its diminution, Conference of Dialogue s of Cultures in honour of Mme Vigdis Finnbogadottir, Reykjavik, Iceland
2007 Ditransitives, applicatives, and “half-transitives” in Central Alaskan Yupik (Eskimo) , Ditransitive conference at Max Planck Institute, Leipzig
2008 Linguistic diversity as a necessity of human language , I nternational conference on Globalization and Languages – Building on our Rich Heritage , UNESCO and the United Nations University (UNU) , Tokyo.