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Nobuaki Nishioka Last modified date:2018.05.30

Professor / English Language and Literature
Department of Language and Literature
Faculty of Humanities

Graduate School
Undergraduate School

Academic Degree
Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Field of Specialization
English Linguistics
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
Outline Activities
My recent research is centered around various syntactic phenomena of negation especially in English and Japanese. In the framework of the generative grammar I focus on explicating the generality behind the diversity. I am also interested in the conceptual semantics and the functional approach to syntax. Ellipsis and anaphora are also my concern of research. More recently, I am also engaged in the syntactic structures of Japanese.

I teach the basic notions, ideas, and the ways of analyses of (English) linguistics to the undergraduates. I have advanced courses of generative syntax for the graduates.

I have taught English linguistics at a community college.
Research Interests
  • A Study of the Generative Grammar in terms of Dialects
    keyword : generative grammar, Kumamoto Japanese, the position of the subject, Case
  • On the Interface between Syntactic Structures and Discourse
    keyword : CP, Phase
  • Negative Phenomena in English and Japanese
    keyword : negation, generative grammar, syntax, minimalist program, negative polarity item
    1993.03My research is concerned with the syntactic aspects of negative sentences in the framework of the generative grammar. Explicating the syntactic structures of negative sentences and various phenomena related with negation, I aim to contribute to finding principles of grammar and building a theory of grammar. I have focused on the licensing mechanism of negative porality items (NPIs) in English and Japanese. I attempt to extend the mechanism to other phenomena than NPIs including other languages..
Academic Activities
Educational Activities
I have lectures and seminars on English linguistics and teach the basics of the field and the methods to analyse data.
Professional and Outreach Activities
I gave a lecture for high school students at Yame High School, Tosu High School, Chikuzen High School and Saga Waseda High School. (Aug. 23, 2010, Oct. 31, 2012, Nov. 13, 2014, Oct. 26, 2016)
I gave a lecture required for the renewal of teachers' license. (July 30, 2009, Nov. 13, 2016 and Oct. 26, 2017)
I served as the head of Center for the Study of Language Performance attached to Faculty of Humanities, Kyushu University (from Oct. 2010 to Sep. 2012 and from Oct. 2014 to Sep. 2016) and organized several seminars open to the public.
I have taught English linguistics at a community college. (Feb. 19-20, 2000)(June 29-30, 2002).