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Masaaki Kamiya

Masaaki Kamiya
Masaaki Kamiya

Associate Professor of Japanese and Chair of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Director of Linguistics

Kirner-Johnson 147

Masaaki Kamiya's research interests are syntax, semantics, and language acquisition. Kamiya's recent published work includes “Passivization, reconstruction and edge phenomena: connecting English and Japanese nominalizations,” Natural Language & Linguistic Theory 31 (with van Hout and Roeper).

Kamiya also has published “Lexical vs. Pragmatically Derived Interpretations of Numerals;” Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 15 (with Matsuya) and “Two Types of Movement in Japanese Nominalizations and Edge Phenomena,” among other works. He has a doctorate in linguistics from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Recent Courses Taught

First-Term Japanese
Second-Term Japanese
Advanced Japanese
Language Acquisition
Introduction to Linguistics
Morphology and Syntax
Conversation analysis: usage of structures in Japanese drama, manga and anime

Research Interests

Japanese linguistics/pedagogy
First and second language acquisition


  • Emerson Summer Collaboration Grant, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013
  • Christian A. Johnson Teaching Award, 2011
  • Class of 1963 Faculty Fellowship, 2010
  • Hewitt Curriculum Transformation Institute, 2008
  • Freeman Foundation Student-Faculty Summer Asian Studies research grant, 2005 
  • Hewlett Human Diversity Grant, 2004

Selected Publications

  • Kamiya, Masaaki, and Priya Ananth (2020) "Learnability issues in L2 Japanese: Prosody and ambiguity resolution" Journal of Japanese Linguistics 36(1): 3–28.

  • Brown, Amanda, and Masaaki Kamiya 2019.  ‘Gesture in contexts of scopal ambiguity: Negation and quantification in English’ Applied Psycholinguistics. 

  • Ananth, Priya, and Masaaki Kamiya. 2015. ‘Effect of prosody on disambiguation in L2 Japanese: a case of universal quantifier and negation’ Theory and Practice of Second Language Acquisition 1 (University of Silesia Press):97-122.
  • van Hout, Angeliek, Masaaki Kamiya and Thomas Roeper. 2013. ‘Passive, reconstruction and edge phenomena: connecting English and Japanese nominalizations’ Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 31: 137-159.
  • Kamiya, Masaaki and Akemi Matsuya. 2011. ‘Lexical vs. Pragmatically derived interpretations of numerals’ In Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 15:353-364.
  • Kamiya, Masaaki. 2010. ‘Two Types of Movement in Japanese Nominalizations and Edge Phenomena’, Japanese/Korean Linguistics 17: 199-213, edited by Shoichi Iwasaki, Hajime Hoji, Patricia M. Clancy, and Sung-Ock Sohn, Center for the Study of Language and Information. Stanford
  • Kamiya, Masaaki. 2009. ‘Negation, Quantifiers, and A-movement in Nominalization in Japanese’, Linguistic Analysis 35: 43-70, Special Issue on Phase Edge Investigations, edited by Kleanthes K. Grohmann & Phoevos Panagiotidis.
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  • Kamiya, Masaaki. 2009. ‘Movement of Arguments and Negative Feature’, In Kleanthes K. Grohmann, Explorations of Phase Theory: Features and Arguments, 181-205, de Gruyter: Berlin/New York.
  • Kamiya, Masaaki. 2005. ‘Syntactic categories and argument structures of verbal nouns in Japanese Light Verb Construction’, Journal of Japanese Linguistics 21:1-20.

College Service

  • Japanese Program Coordinator, 2003-present
  • Program director of Linguistics, August 2014-present
  • Language Center Advisory Committee member, 2012-14
  • Campus Planning Committee, 2012-14
  • Committee on Athletics, 2009-12; chair, fall 2011
  • Honor Court, 2010-11
  • Judge for the Hamilton Public Speaking Competition, March 2010
  • Web-maintenance, publicity and budget of New York Conference on Asian Studies 2008 at Hamilton College
  • Strategic planning steering committee (student recruitment and retention)
  • Organizer of Phi Sigma Iota honor society, 2006
  • Organizer of Asia Forum, September 2003 - May 2009
  • Asian Studies Committee member, August 2003 to present

Appointed to the Faculty: 2002

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Maryland
M.Ed., East Carolina University
Educational Exchange Program, Bryn Mawr College
B.A., Dokkyo University

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