Professor Emerita of Japanese
- School of Modern Languages
- ADVANCE IAC
Dr. Rumiko Simonds received her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Hawaii. She joined the Georgia Tech faculty as an Assistant Professor of Japanese in 1991 and in 2004 was promoted to Professor in the School of Modern Languages. A specialist in pragmatics, historical linguistics (grammaticalization), cognitive linguistics and Japanese and Okinawan linguistics, she has published numerous articles in such refereed journals as Journal of Pragmatics, Journal of Historical Pragmatics, Linguistics, Language Sciences, Journal of Japanese Linguistics, and Gengo Kenkyu. She has contributed chapters in several edited volumes from John Benjamins and Mouton de Gruyter. Her co-authored books, Synchrony and Diachrony of Okinawan Kakari Musubi in Comparative Perspective with Premodern Japanese (2013) and The Language of the Old Okinawan Omoro Sōshi: Reference Grammar, with Textual Selections (2022) were published by Brill. Her third co-authored book Basic Okinawan: From Conversation to Grammar is scheduled to be published by the University of Hawaii Press. She completed the Japanese section of the joint project, "Advanced/Intermediate Language and Culture through Song: New Materials for Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian" funded by the DOE. She received several grants from NEAC (North East Association of Asian Council) and Japan Foundation. She is currently working on developing an Okinawan Spoken Language Corphus (The Ministry of Japan grant 2019-2023). She is invited to teach at UCLA as a visiting professor in Spring 2023.
- Asia (East)
- JAPN-2001: Intermediate Japanese I
- JAPN-3001: Advanced Japanese I
- JAPN-4113: Adv Reading & Listening
- JAPN-4173: Anime: Culture&Society
- JAPN-4183: Japn Cult/Soc Thru Songs
- JAPN-4500: Intercultural Seminar
- Basic Okinawan: From Conversation to Grammar (under contract)
- The Language of the Old-OkinawA Reference Grammar of the Language of the Omoro Sōshi, an Old Okinawan Book of Shamanic Songs With Selections Transliterated, Phonologically Reconstructed, Analyzed, Translated, and Compared to Old Japanese (under contract)
- Synchrony and Diachrony of Okinawan Kakari Musubi in Comparative Perspective with Premodern Japanese
- Passives as unmarked voice: a case of “warning” Passives in Okinawan. Language Sciences
In: Language Scicences [Peer Reviewed]
- Conceptual domain transfer in the grammaticalization of demonstratives.
In: Language and Cognitive Science 1.1: 109-132. [Peer Reviewed]
- What can studies of Old Okinawan Kakari Musubi contribute to historical-comparative linguistics?
In: International Journal of Okinawan Studies 6: 19-40. (with Leon A Serafim) [Peer Reviewed]
- Grammaticalization pathways for Japonic nominalizers: A view from the Western periphery
In: Japanese/Korean Linguistics 16: 116-130 (with Leon A Serafim) [Peer Reviewed]
- On the origin of Old Japanese kakari particles, ka, zö and kösö and their Okinawan counterparts: An iconicity-based hypothesis
In: Japanese/Korean Linguistics 19: 449-464 (with Leon A Serafim) [Peer Reviewed]
- From a manner adverb to a discourse particle: The case of yahari, yappari and yappa
In: Journal of Japanese Linguistics 27: 17-44 [Peer Reviewed]
- |ga| no kakari musubi no kasetsu to kenshō: Ryūkyūko no hōgen no kijutsuteki kenkyū ni motozuite
In: Nihongo no Kenkyū 7.4: 83-98. [Peer Reviewed]
- Morphophonological variability and form-function regularity: A usage-based approach to the Japanese modal adverb yahari/yappari/yappa
In: Language Sciences 31: 813-836 (with Kyoko Masuda) [Peer Reviewed]
- From 'Emergence' to 'Ability': A Case of Japanese naru and dekiru
In: CLS 40: 365-379 (with Leon A Serafim) [Peer Reviewed]
- (Inter)subjectification, Japanese syntax and syntactic scope increase
In: Journal of Historical Pragmatics 8.2: 171-206 [Peer Reviewed]
- From quotative conditional to emotive topic markers: A case of tteba and ttara in Japanese
In: Japanese/Korean Linguistics 15: 173-183 (with Satoko Suzuki) [Peer Reviewed]
- On the Old Japanese kakari (Focus) particle koso: Its origin and structure
In: Gengo Kenkyū 127: 1-49 (with Leon A Serafim) [Peer Reviewed]
- From imperatives to conditionals – A case of ~shiro/are and ~te miro in Japanese
In: CLS 38: 585-600 [Peer Reviewed]
- Some observations concerning mental and speech act verbs
In: Journal of Pragmatics 36: 861-882 [Peer Reviewed]
- Experiencing self vs. observing self: The semantics of stative extensions in Japanese
In: Language Sciences 25.2: 211-238 [Peer Reviewed]
- Cognition, epistemic scale and functions of Old Japanese question particle ka
In: Linguistics 40.3: 553-578 [Peer Reviewed]
- Ka no kakari musubi to suiryō no jodōshi no kyōki ni tsuite [On the co-occurrence of auxiliaries of inference with ka-type kakari musubi]
In: Journal of Canadian Association of Japanese Language Education 4: 52-64. [Peer Reviewed]
- On grammaticalization of Japanese connective tara.
In: Journal of Canadian Association of Japanese Language Education 3: 39-50. (With Sono Takano Hayes) [Peer Reviewed]
- Reconstructing the Proto-Japonic kakari musubi, *...ka…-(a)m-wo.
In: Gengo Kenkyū 118: 81-118. (with Leon A. Serafim) [Peer Reviewed]
- An integrated approach in business Japanese: Connecting the classroom to the outside business and volunteer groups.
In: Global Business Language 2: 35-58. (with Masato Kikuchi) [Peer Reviewed]
- Intermediate reading materials in technical and scientific Japanese.
In: Sekai no Nihongo Kyoiku 4: 119-138. [Peer Reviewed]
- Focus-Predicate Concord (Kakari Musubi) Constructions in Japanese/Okinawan
In: Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics [Peer Reviewed]
- Amari/Anmari/Anma and Totemo/Tottemo in History and Discourse: Interaction of Negative Polarity and Positive Polarity
In: Mutsuko Edo Hudson, Yoshiko Matsumoto, and Junko Mori (eds.), Pragmatics of Japanese: Perspectives on Grammar, Interaction, and [Peer Reviewed]
- Kodaigo no kakari musubi, gendaigo no noda kōbun, Okinawa-go no kakari musubi no hikaku [A comparison of Old Japanese kakari musubi, Modern Japanese noda, and Okinawan kakari musubi]
In: In: Hiroyuki Takada, Noriko Onodera, Hiroshi Aoki (eds.) Rekishi Goyōron Kenkyūron no hōhō [Methods in historical pragmatics], 285-309 [Peer Reviewed]
- Kodaigo no kakari musubi, gendaigo no noda kōbun, Okinawa-go no kakari musubi no hikaku [A comparison of Old Japanese kakari musubi, Modern Japanese noda, and Okinawan kakari musubi], 285-309.
In: Hiroyuki Takada, Noriko Onodera, Hiroshi Aoki (eds.) Rekishi Goyōron Kenkyūron no hōhō [Methods in historical pragmatics] [Peer Reviewed]
- Layered structure, positional shifts, and grammaticalization.
In: In: Yoko Hasegawa (ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Japanese Linguistics, 40-64. [Peer Reviewed]
- Grammaticalization of PM/DM/MM in Japanese
In: Chiara Fedriani and Andrea Sansó (eds.) Pragmatic Markers, Discourse Markers and Modal Particles. New Perspectives, pp. 305-333 [Peer Reviewed]
- Okinawan kakari musubi
In: Shinsho Miyara, Patrick Heinrich, Michinori Shimoji (eds.), Handbook of the Ryūkyūan Languages, 299-320. [Peer Reviewed]
- Two types of conditionals and two different grammaticalization paths
In: Sylvie Hancil, Alexander Haselow, Margje Post (eds), Final Particles, 157-180. [Peer Reviewed]
- (Inter)subjectivity and Japanese grammar – A functional approach.
In: Kabata, Kaori, and Tsuyoshi Ono (eds.), Usage-Based Approaches to Japanese Grammar: Towards the Understanding of Human Language, [Peer Reviewed]
- From degree/manner adverbs to pragmatic particles in Japanese: A corpus-based approach to the diachronic parallel developments of amari, bakari, and yahari
In: Andreas H. Jucker and Irma Taavitsainen (eds.), Diachronic Corpus Pragmatics: Intersections and Interaction, 77-105. [Peer Reviewed]
- Nominalization in Okinawan: From a diachronic and comparative perspective
In: Foong Ha Yap, Karen Grunow-Hårsta and Janick Wrona (eds.), Nominalization in Asian Languages: Diachronic and Typological Perspec [Peer Reviewed]
- Shutsugen, sonzai, shōmetsu no dōshi wo megutte [On verbs of emergence, existence and disappearance]
In: H. Kishimoto (ed.), Gengo to Taishō, 283-296. [Peer Reviewed]
- Subjectivity, intersubjectivity, and grammaticalization.
In: Satoko Suzuki (ed.). Emotive Communication in Japanese, 15-33, 2006. [Peer Reviewed]
- Wars, Politics, and Language: A Case Study of the Okinawan Language
In: Mirjana N. Dedaić and Daniel N. Nelson (eds.), At War with Words, 283-313. [Peer Reviewed]