O. Miyaoka

Internationally renowned Japanese linguist Dr. Osahito Miyaoka, Fairbanks, Alaska 7/7/09
Curriculum Vitae


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

Current status:

*         retiree from Kyoto University and Osaka Gakuin University (professor in Linguistics)

*         guest scientist, Max Planck Institute, Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany (until November 2009)

Current project:

*        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.

            (adjunct researcher)

*          1982-1987  Tokyo University of Foregne Languages (professor of Cultural


*         1987-1994  Faculty of Letters, Hokkaido University (professor of Linguistics,

           department head)

*         1994-2000  Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University (professor oLinguistics,

           department head)

*         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              [coeditor] The Vanishing Languages of the Pacific Rim, Oxford University Press,
             pp. xviii+528.

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.


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