Kiyoko Toratani

List of John Benjamins publications for which Kiyoko Toratani plays a role.


Subjects Cognition and language | Cognitive linguistics | Japanese linguistics | Theoretical linguistics


This paper offers a cognitive semantic analysis of 185 nominal-nominal compounds that are used to express Japanese traditional colors (e.g., budoo-nezumi [grape-rat] ‘plum purple’). It explores the types of nominals adopted into compounds, the components’ semantic relations, and the types of… read more | Article
Toratani, Kiyoko. 2022. Introduction to the volume. The Language of Food in Japanese: Cognitive perspectives and beyond, Toratani, Kiyoko (ed.), pp. 1–23
This chapter examines where the Japanese loanword sushi stands in its naturalization process into English. Application of Doi’s (2014) scale to usage of sushi in the Oxford English Dictionary shows it is midway through naturalization. The chapter questions the finding, pointing out the problems of… read more | Chapter
In Japanese, some nominal compounds have mimetic components (Nominal Compounds with Mimetics (NCMs)) (e.g., zaazaa-buri [mimetic(the sound of heavy rain)-a fall(from the sky)] ‘a downpour’). This paper examines how mimetics participate in word-formation of nominal compounds, applying Construction… read more | Chapter
Toratani, Kiyoko. 2018. Particle drop of mimetics in Japanese: A Discourse Grammar approach. Transcategoriality: A crosslinguistic perspective, Hancil, Sylvie, Danh Thành Do-Hurinville and Huy Linh Dao (eds.), pp. 39–60
Drawing on ideas from Discourse Grammar (Heine et al. 2013), this article examines characteristics of the Japanese reduplicated mimetics, arguing that they are transcategorial, able to function across different planes of grammar, either as mimetic adverbs belonging to Sentence Grammar (SG) or… read more | Article
This study offers a Construction Morphology account of the organizational structure of the class of lexical compound verbs in Japanese, covering two newly proposed types (thematic and aspectual compound verbs) (Kageyama 2013) and two understudied types (prefixed and lexicalized type compound… read more | Article
Toratani, Kiyoko. 2015. Iconicity in the syntax and lexical semantics of sound-symbolic words in Japanese. Iconicity: East meets West, Hiraga, Masako K., William J. Herlofsky, Kazuko Shinohara and Kimi Akita (eds.), pp. 125–141
This study offers a response to Akita (2013a) who proposes a relation between the lexical semantics of sound-symbolic words and their realizations in a syntactic structure, drawing on a universal lexical hierarchy termed the Lexical Iconicity Hierarchy (LIH). This study examines Akita’s proposal… read more | Article
This paper examines the ability of a mimetic verb in Japanese (e.g. burabura ‘manner of swinging’ + suru ‘do’ → burabura-suru) to occur in different morphosyntactic environments. Following Van Valin (2013), it argues that two seemingly contradictory standpoints, a constructionist’s view… read more | Article
Toratani, Kiyoko. 2013. Iconicity in gotoochi-kitii ‘localized 
Hello Kitty’. Iconic Investigations, Elleström, Lars, Olga Fischer and Christina Ljungberg (eds.), pp. 43–62
This paper explores the form-meaning-referent relationship of a compound noun, gotoochi-kitii ‘localized Hello Kitty’, which denotes a small souvenir figurine featuring a Japanese commercial character, Hello Kitty. It argues that the diagrammatic iconicity observed in English noun-noun compounds (e. read more | Article
This article discusses the role played by sound-symbolic forms (SSFs) in Motion event descriptions, focusing on the case of mimetics — SSFs — in Japanese. An examination of literary texts shows that mimetics occur not only as the secondary element to another Co-event specifying form but also as the… read more | Article
Toratani, Kiyoko. 2008. Split intransitivity in Japanese revisited. Investigations of the Syntax–Semantics–Pragmatics Interface, Van Valin Jr., Robert D. (ed.), pp. 23–35
This paper revisits the question raised by Kishimoto (1996): what determines the unergative-unaccusative split in the behavior of the V1 in a Japanese deverbal nominal construction (V1-V2-gen N) (e.g., toke-kake-no yuki “the snow, almost melted”). While previous accounts (e.g., Tsujimura & Iida… read more | Article