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Chisato Kitagawa

Professor Emeritus, Japanese


Ph.D., 1972, Linguistics, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Th.M., 1964, Theology, Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA.
M.A., 1961, Linguistics, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
B.A., 1958, English and American Literatures, Rikkyo Univ., Tokyo, Japan


Prof. Kitagawa retired in 2002. He first taught Japanese and Japanese linguistics at UMass Amherst as Assistant Professor from 1972 - 1976, and helped to establish degree and certificate programs in Japanese, Chinese, and Asian Studies. After having taught Japanese and linguistics at the Univ. of Arizona in 1976 - 1989, he returned to UMass Amherst in 1989 to continue his work at his beloved campus. 

Additional Resources

For access to Professor Kitagawa's publications, please visit his ResearchGate profile page.


2021: "Mechanisms of productivity in word formation: Transitivity Alternations in Japanese," GLOSSA 6(1): 1-24.

2019: "The pro-head analysis of the Japanese internally-headed relative clause." Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics, 4(1), 62. DOI:

2007: “Core values of progressive education: Seikatsu Tsuzurikata and Whole Language” (co-authored with Mary M. Kitagawa), International Journal of Progressive Education


2006: “Interjectional demonstratives are demonstratives,” in: : In Search of the Essence of Language Science: Festschrift for Professor Heizo Nakajima, ed. by Y. Suzuki, K. Mizuno & K. Takami, Tokyo: Hitsuji Shobo, 79-100.

2005: “Typological variations of head-internal relatives in Japanese,” Lingua 115.1243-1276.

1997: “Introductory pro in Japanese Journalistic Narratives,” Japnese Discourse 2.1-23.

1995: “Wake to iu wake” (‘The reason we say wake’) Nihongogaku 14.8.88-98.

1990: “Impersonal uses of personal pronouns” [co-authored with Adrienne Lehrer], Journal of Pragmatics 14.739-59.

1988: Joshi ‘Particles’ [co-authored with Atsuo Iguchi and Osamu Kamada], Tokyo:Aratake Shuppan, xvii, 162 pp.

1988: Jodoshi ‘Auxiliary Verbs’ [co-authored with Atsuo Iguchi], Tokyo: Aratake Shuppan, xvii, 136 pp. (2nd printing, 1990)

1987: Making Connections with Writing [co-authored with Mary M. Kitagawa], Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, xiv, 186 pp. (The Japanese translation was published under the title Kaku koto-ni yoru Kyooiku no Soozoo ‘Creation of Educational Values through Writing’, tr. by Yukihiro Kawaguchi, et al., Tokyo: Ozora-sha, xxiii, 408 pp., 1991) for Kazuko Inoue, ed. by M. Muraki & E. Iwamoto, Tokyo: Kaitakusha, 329-346.

1987: “Null operators and the status of empty categories in Chinese” [co-authored with John Hou], Linguistic Inquiry 18.518-23.

1984: “Hatsugen no kaisoo koozoo to kotoba no shutaisei” ‘The layered structure of an utterance and the integrity of words’, Nihongogaku 3.31-42.

1982: “Topic constructions in Japanese,” Lingua 57.193-232.

1982: “Prenominal modification in Chinese and Japanese” [co-authored with Claudia Ross], Linguistic Analysis 9.19-53.

1981: “AUX in Japanese” [co-authored with Adrian Akmajian], in: An Encyclopedia of AUX: A Study of Cross-Linguistic Equivalence, Susan Steele,, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 97-116.

1980: “Saying ‘yes’ in Japanese,” Journal of Pragmatics 4.105-20.

1977: “Semantics of Japanese purpose expressions,” Linguistics 199.57-74.

1977: “A source of femininity in Japanese: in defense of Robin Lakoff,” Papers in Linguistics 10.275-98.

1976: “Purpose expressions and characterization of volitive NPs,” Linguistics 182.53-65.

1976: “’Nakute’ to ‘naide’” ‘Nakute and naide’, Nihongo Kyooiku 29.56-67.

1976: “The deep structure binding and anaphoric bleeding” [co-authored with Adrian], Language 52.61-77.

1974: “Case marking and causativization,” Papers in Japanese Linguistics 3.43-57.

1974: “Purpose expressions in English,” Lingua 34.31-46.

1973: “Adverbial clauses of contrast and reason,” Papers in Japanese Linguistics 2.75-101.