Kazuha Watanabe

Contact Information

Voice: 657-278-3907
Dept: 657-278-3534

Department Address

Office: Humanities 835-F

Kazuha Watanabe, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Japanese, and Japanese Program Coordinator


2008, Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Cornell

2000, M.S. in Linguistics, University of California, Davis

1998, B.A. in Communication Studies: International and Intercultural  Communications, California State University, Sacramento

1995, B.A. in French Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

Research Areas

Historical Linguistics, Typology, Corpus Linguistics, Cognitive Linguistics, Dialectology, Dialect Documentation, Japanese Linguistics, Romance Linguistics


2013 Perfect to Perfective: A Comparative Study. In Fleischer, Jürg. and Simon Horst J. (eds.) Sprachwandelvergleich - Comparing Diachronies. De gruyter publishers: Berlin/Boston.

2012 Tense and Aspect Systems of Western and Eastern Dialects in Japan: Split Paths of Diachronic Development.  In G. De Vogelaer & G. Seiler (eds.) The Dialect Lab: Dialects as a Testing Ground for Theories of Language Change. John Benjamins: Amsterdam.

2005 The Development of the Continuous Aspect: A missing link. In Historical Linguistics 2003 Selected papers from the 16th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Copenhagen, 11–15 August 2003. John Benjamins: Amsterdam

Presentations & Lectures

2011a     International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL) XX; Osaka, Japan. Organizer for workshop “The Diachrony of TAM System as a Paradigm”. Paper presented: “A Holistic and Typological Approach to Tense, Aspect, and Modality Systems”. 

2011b     11th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference; Xi’an, China. “Markedness as a Continuum: The Synchrony and Diachrony of Tense-Aspect System”.

2009a     Current Change in Japanese Pronoun: a Case of Degrammaticalization” was accepted to a conference called Current Trends in Grammaticalization Research, which was held in October 2009 at Groningen, the Netherlands

2009a     International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL) XIV; Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Organizer for workshop “Grammaticalization in East Asia”. Paper presented: “Present Tense Paradigm Equilibrium.” 

2009b     10th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference; Berkeley, CA. “Markedness as a Continuum: The Synchrony and Diachrony of Tense-Aspect System”.

2008a     Dialect as testing ground at Methods IX; Leeds, UK. “Quantitative Analysis of a Current Change in Japanese Aspect”.

2008b     New Reflection or Grammaticalization 4; Leuven, “Belgium Tense and Aspect Systems of Western and Eastern Dialects in Japan”.

2008c     Comparing Diachronies at 30th Annual Convention of the German Society of Linguistics; Bamberg, Germany. ‘Perfect to Perfective: A Comparative Study’.

2007a     Arizona Linguistics Circle; Tucson, AZ, ‘Verb Inflection and Glide Formation in Japanese’.

2007b     International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL) XVIII; Montreal, Canada. Current Change in a Japanese particle--A development of new pronoun?’

2006       The 16th Japanese / Korean Linguistics Conference; Kyoto, Japan. ‘Synchrony of the 8th century Japanese-imperfective vs. perfective’

2005       Tense/Aspect/Aktionsart; Lisbon, Portugal. ‘The Link between Perfective and Imperfective’

2004a     International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL) XVI; Copenhagen, Denmark, ‘The Development of the Continuous Aspect: A missing link’

2004b     Conference on Diachronic Comparative Syntax; Leiden, the Netherlands. ‘The Development of the Continuative Aspect: A Comparative Study’

2003       Conference on Diachronic Syntax; Joensuu, Finland, ‘The Development of Aspect Markers in Japanese’

2001       Conference on Romance Studies; Ithaca, NY, ‘The development of Verbal Periphrastics in Spanish’

2000       Symposium for MA theses; Davis, CA, ‘The Grammaticalization of Aspect’