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).


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

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Research Output 2007 2016

A quantitative analysis of nominative/genitive alternation in Japanese

Nambu, S. 2016 Proceedings of the thirty sixth annual meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. Rolle, N., Steffman, J. & Sylak-Glassman, J. (eds.). Berkeley Linguistics Society, Vol. 36, p. 292-306 15 p.

Research output: Other - peer-reviewConference Paper

Open Access

Juuzokusetsu-no shugo hyooji ga-to no-no heni

Nambu, S. 2016 SP-ban enzetsu rekoodo-ga hiraku nihongo kenkyu. Aizawa, M. & Kanazawa, H. (eds.). Kasama Shoin, p. 155-172 18 p.

Research output: ResearchChapter (Book)

Prosodic Focus and Nominative/Accusative Alternation in Japanese

Nambu, S. & Hwang, H. K. 2016 Japanese/Korean Linguistics. Kenstowicz, M., Levin, T. & Masuda, R. (eds.). Stanford CA USA

Research output: Other - peer-reviewConference Paper

A crosslinguistic study of prosodic focus

Lee, Y., Wang, B., Chen, S., Adda-Decker, M., Amelot, A., Nambu, S. & Liberman, M. 2015 Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing. p. 4754-4758 4 p.

Research output: Other - peer-reviewConference Paper

An experimental study on adjacency and nominative/genitive alternation in Japanese

Nambu, S. & Nakatani, K. 2014 MIT Working Papers in Linguistics: Proceedings of FAJL 7. Kawahara, S. & Igarashi, M. (eds.). MITWPL, Vol. 73, p. 131-142 12 p.

Research output: Other - peer-reviewConference Paper

Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Peer review responsibility

International Journal of Language and Culture (Journal)

Nambu, S. (Peer reviewer)
Mar 2017May 2017

Activity: Peer review responsibility