-Year of Birth: 1947
-Position: Professor, English linguistics
-Current Research Program:
He is pursuing a closely interrelated set of research questions concerning the nature of topicalization and focus constructions in Japanese and English. Among the topics considered are: the proper characterization of movement to clause-initial and sentence-final positions, the interrelationships of syntax and semantics, focusing especially on apparent counterexamples to the functional explanation of passivization in English and Japanese that appear to fall within the component of formal syntax. The long-range objective is to develop a semantically and/or pragmatically-based framework that will give a natural explanation for 'syntactic' phenomena, which he calls "natural syntax" or "natural grammar", the conceptual framework of which is based on our conceptualization of 'naturalness'.