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Personal profile


Satoshi Nambu joined Monash in 2017 after engaging in linguistics research as a post-doctoral researcher for the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and an adjunct researcher at the National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics.

Research interests

His research interests lie in linguistic variation, which involves various linguistic aspects in sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, syntax, information structure, and psycholinguistics. His recent research has mainly dealt with how linguistic variants are used in a written/spoken language, particularly in a quantitative fashion, utilizing statistical approaches and software for experiments and data analyses (e.g. R, PsychoPy, Linger, Ibex farm).


  • Linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Syntax
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Language Change and Variation
  • Japanese Linguistics
  • Experimental and Corpus Linguistics

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Research Output 2007 2018

  • 12 Conference Paper
  • 7 Chapter (Book)
  • 4 Article
  • 1 Review Article

Focus prosody of telephone numbers in Tokyo Japanese

Lee, Y., Nambu, S. & Cho, S., 2018, In : Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 143, 5, p. 340-346 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Predicting Japanese Word Order in Double Object Constructions

Nambu, S., Asahara, M. & Sano, S., 2018, Proceedings of the 8th Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Learning and Processing. p. 36-40

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperOtherpeer-review

The nominative/accusative alternation in Japanese and information structure

Nambu, S., Hwang, H. K., Oshima, D. Y. & Nomura, M., 30 Apr 2018, In : Journal of East Asian Linguistics. 27, 2, p. 141-171 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Book Review: Kim Jihyun "Nikkan taishou kenkyu-niyoru wa-to ga-to mujoshi" Hitsuji Shobo. 2016

Nambu, S., Sep 2017, In : Shakai Gengo Kagaku. 20, 1, p. 187-189 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleOtherpeer-review

Cross-situational learning of novel anaphors

Clothier, K., Nambu, S., Ono, H. & Omaki, A., 2017, CogSci 2017 Proceedings. p. 228-233 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperOtherpeer-review

Activities 2017 2018

  • 1 Contribution to conference
  • 1 Peer review responsibility

Japanese Studies Association of Australia Biennial Conference 2019

Satoshi Nambu (Organiser)
Jan 20184 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

International Journal of Language and Culture (Journal)

Satoshi Nambu (Peer reviewer)
Mar 2017May 2017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility