List of John Benjamins publications for which Shigeto Kawahara plays a role.
What’s in a villain’s name? Sound symbolic values of voiced obstruents and bilabial consonants. Review of Cognitive Linguistics 18:2, pp. 428–4572020.
This paper reports two case studies of sound symbolism using the naturalistic name corpora of characters from Disney and Pokémon. Building upon previous studies of sound symbolism, we tested two hypotheses: (1) voiced obstruents, which are generally associated with negative images, are favored in… read more | Article
Psycholinguistic studies of rendaku. Sequential Voicing in Japanese: Papers from the NINJAL Rendaku Project, Vance, Timothy J. and Mark Irwin (eds.), pp. 35–462016.
This paper provides a comprehensive overview of previous experimental studies on rendaku. Some major questions that have been addressed in this body of work include: (1) is rendaku grammatical or lexicalized? (2) are speciﬁc aspects of rendaku, such as the Right-Branch Condition, psychologically… read more | Article
Generative treatments of rendaku and related issues. Sequential Voicing in Japanese: Papers from the NINJAL Rendaku Project, Vance, Timothy J. and Mark Irwin (eds.), pp. 13–342016.
This paper provides an overview of how rendaku has been analyzed in the history of generative phonology, the mainstream framework of theoretical phonology. We begin with theoretical analyses of rendaku itself. We then discuss theoretical treatments of the major factors that affect its application.… read more | Article
Rendaku and Identity Avoidance: Consonantal Identity and moraic Identity. Sequential Voicing in Japanese: Papers from the NINJAL Rendaku Project, Vance, Timothy J. and Mark Irwin (eds.), pp. 47–562016.
Recent experimental studies of rendaku show that when rendaku results in adjacent identical CV moras, rendaku is inhibited. However, these experiments have only tested the Identity Avoidance effect at the CV moraic level. The current study tests whether Identity Avoidance at the consonantal level… read more | Article
Iconic inferences about personality: From sounds and shapes. Iconicity: East meets West, Hiraga, Masako K., William J. Herlofsky, Kazuko Shinohara and Kimi Akita (eds.), pp. 57–702015.
The current study oﬀers a new case of an iconic relationship amongst diﬀerent modalities of cognition, going beyond traditional studies of sound symbolism. We report experiments that show that particular types of personalities can be iconically related to particular types of sounds and shapes. Two… read more | Article
Interfacing information and prosody: French wh-in-situ questions. Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2010: Selected papers from 'Going Romance' Leiden 2010, Franco, Irene, Sara Lusini and Andrés Saab (eds.), pp. 135–1542012.
We present experimental evidence bearing on Cheng and Rooryck’s (2000) proposal that French wh-in-situ questions are licensed by an intonational morpheme also present in yes-no questions and their claim that such questions are ungrammatical without a rising contour. While most participants produced… read more | Article