Stephen Howe is an associate professor at the Department of English at Fukuoka University, Japan.

My research background is historical linguistics, especially English and the other Germanic languages. Historical linguistics is the study of how and why languages change. I am also interested in the biology and evolution of language. I am currently working on basic universals of human language, which means the essential characteristics that all human languages share.

I am also researching how we communicate ‘yes’ and ‘no’ in language. If you want to complete the Jearse and Dow Survey for England, please click here. To take the Dow Jearse Survey for the US, click here. To take the Dow Jearse survey for Canada, click here.

I was originally a medical student at Newcastle University in England, but after studies in Newcastle, Würzburg and Freiburg in Germany, Lund in Sweden and Ghent in Belgium, I received my PhD in languages and linguistics from the University of London. After graduation, I worked outside university starting an internet and publishing company for university and research writing in English. I returned to academic life relatively recently, to Fukuoka University, the largest university in western Japan. I am the author of The Personal Pronouns in the Germanic Languages (De Gruyter) and co-author of the PhraseBook for Writing Papers and Research in English. The Kindle version of the PhraseBook is a Top 100 Best Seller on in Science Education Research (March 2014).

I am also the author of English The Language of Love英語・日本語 ザ・ランゲージ・オブ ラブ and English-Chinese The Language of Love, phrase books to help you fall in love with English, Japanese and Chinese…

From April this year, I will be a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge University, followed by two periods as a visiting researcher at the Centre for African Language Diversity at the University of Cape Town and the Institute of Linguistics at the University of Buenos Aires.

If you are thinking of studying English at Fukuoka University, please browse my Teaching and Classes and Studying at Fukuoka University pages for an idea of some of our classes.