PhD, University of London, 1995

BA (Honours) 1st Class, University of Newcastle, England, 1987



University of London, 1987–1995

University of Freiburg, Germany, Institute of Comparative Germanic Philology and Scandinavian Studies, 1989, 1991

University of Lund, Sweden, guest researcher, Department of Scandinavian Languages, 1992–1993

University of Ghent, Belgium, visiting researcher, Department of Dutch Linguistics and Flemish Dialectology, 1992

University of Würzburg, Germany, 1985–1986

University of Newcastle, England, 1984–1987

University of Newcastle, England, 1982–1984 (Pre-med, Medicine)



British Academy three-year studentship for PhD research at the University of London

Belgian Government, Flemish Community, Department of Education Scholarship for research at the University of Ghent

Robson-Scott Travelling Scholarship, Institute of Germanic Studies, for research at the University of Lund in Sweden

Edna Purdie Scholarship, Royal Holloway College, University of London, for research in Sweden and Germany



2007 (April) – 2011 (September): Assistant professor, Fukuoka University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English

2011 (October) – present: Associate professor, Fukuoka University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English

From 2017 (April): Associate professor, Fukuoka University Graduate School


Overseas research

April – September 2018: Visiting Fellow, Wolfson College, Cambridge University

October – December 2018: Visiting academic, Section for African Languages, University of Cape Town



External reviewer, Oxford University Press, July 2016 (Oxford Bibliographies in Linguistics)

External reviewer, Brill, December 2016 (Festschrift, Amsterdamer Beiträge zur älteren Germanistik)

External reviewer, John Benjamins, March 2018


Academic societies

Japanese Society for Historical Linguistics

  • 2016- Member of the editorial board

Linguistic Association of Great Britain


Co-founder, Language Variation and Change Research Forum

Language variation and change is an important and indeed universal characteristic of human language. The aim of the Language Variation and Change Network is to understand language variation and change both in individual languages, such as English, Japanese and closely related languages, and in human language generally.

Our research areas include:

  • Theory of language variation and change
  • Historical linguistics
  • Dialectology
  • Language contact
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Modelling of change

The focus of the network is on the exchange and cross-fertilization of ideas from our respective specialisms in linguistics and in interdisciplinary research. The network has a non-formal membership structure, with information and announcements given via the Forum website, e-mail and Facebook.



  • 2014 Co-organized Language Variation and Change Research Forum, Kyushu University, Japan
  • 2015 Co-organized Language Variation and Change Research Forum, Fukuoka University, Japan
  • 2016 Co-organized Language Variation and Change Research Forum, Kyushu University, Japan
International Center committee
  • 2012-13
  • 2013-14
Entrance exam committee
  • 2014-15
Study abroad committee
  • 2011-12
First-year tutor
  • 2015-16
  • 2016-17
Open Campus
  • 2010 Meeting prospective students
  • 2012 Lecture ‘English around the world’
  • 2016 Lecture ‘A brief history of language, Where does English come from? English around the world, Why are there different languages?’
Lectures to high school students
  • 2009 ‘How and why languages change’
  • 2012 ‘History of English’



English language café
  • 2007-2009 Set up English Language Café at Fukuoka University for students to chat in English at lunchtime
English language cinema
  • 2007-2009 Set up English Language Cinema showing films in English once a month
Judge of speech contest
  • 5 March 2016 E.S.S., Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka
  • 4 March 2017 E.S.S., Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka