Selected Publications


Semiotics of Ritual: Linguistic Anthropological Study on Myths / Poetic Texts in Melanesia, Fiji. Tokyo: Sangensha. (2017)



This ethnography focuses on the two poetic "texts" in contemporary Fiji: 1) the official colonial-time documents which have stipulated the ownership relationship between land (vanua) and social groups since the colonial period, 2) the chiefly installation ritual which was held in the Dawasamu district of Tailevu province in 2010 for the first time in 30 years, and it reveals the semiotic connection, or meta-pragmatics, of the two texts through analyzing colonial documents, ritual utterances, mythical narratives, and digital archives from a linguistic anthropological perspective.  

On Translation: Grounding Semiotics and Translation Studies, or On the Transformative Process of Diversifying the World

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Is translation simply a matter of paraphrasing what is said in one language in another? By reexamining modern and contemporary translation and finding ideologies such as nationalism, linguistic purism, and normocentrism behind it, we will present a framework for viewing translation - interlingual, intralinguistic, and intersymbolic translation - as a whole on the ground of socio-cultural communication, including dialect, pragmatics, and interaction. -This book presents a framework for viewing translation in its entirety. In other words, this book presents an overall picture of translation and contemporary translation studies by depicting translation as a symbolic process of communication events and their chains that occur in sociocultural spaces.


  • Tracing Ancestral Vestige/Figure: Figure-Ground Reversal, Semiosis, or Realism in the South Pacific. Japanese Journal of Cultural Anthropology. Vol. 84, No. 4. (2020) (Extended Summary)

  • Communication and Cognitive Linguistics (Chapter 5 Interdisciplinary Areas). In Cognitive Linguistics Encyclopedia (2019)

  • Discourse on the Last Descendant: The Chief as a Constellation of Signs in Contemporary Fiji. People and Culture in Oceania. No 34.  (2018)

  • Mana, Ritual, Magical Formula: On Contemporary Ecocriticism. In <Correspondence>: Mind Corresponding to Nature and the Environment (2017)

  • Artifact, Lexicon, Indexicality: Discourse on the Cause of Misfortunes in the South Pacific. In Discordance in Interaction: A Linguistic Anthropological View of Disharmony and Conflict (2017)

  • Environmentalism and its Ritualized Fakeness: A Semiotic Analysis of Onomatopoeic Discourse on Nature. RASK: International Journal of Language and Communication, No. 42  (2015)

  • Historicizing Chiefdom: Analyzing Fijian Colonial Document. HLC Reading Group Journal: Reading Natural Histories of Discourse (2014)

  • At the Nexus of Environment, Communication, and Socioculture in Fiji.  Intergenerational Learning and Transformative Leadership for Sustainable Futures (2014)

  • Reanimating Chief and Eliminating Devil: Fijian Chiefdom as Mythologizing Myth. Journal of Asian and African Studies. No. 85 (2013)

  • When the Environmental Myth Appears: Genre-Repairing Ritual in Environmental Discourse. Language and Humans No. 9 (2013)

  • English Education and Intercultural Education: From Cultural Relativism to Anti-Relativism. English Education to Foster Autonomous Learners, No. 77 (2012)

  • Fiji: Environmental Conservation, Community, Cultural Diversity. In ESD in Asia-Pacific Region: New Trend of Education for Sustainable Development (2012)

  • On Language Ideology: Semiotic Introduction. In On Modern Language Ideology: Geopolitics of Signs and Social History of Metacommunicaiton (2011)

  • Diversity in Nature Descriptions: From Nature Writing to Environmental Literature. In Invitation to Intercultural Communication Studies (2011) (Translation)

  • Intercultural Communication Studies, or the Culture-Nature Poetics: A Critical Commentary on Kigou no Keifu (Genealogy of Signs and Semiotic Anthropology). Intercultural Communication Review, No. 7 (2009)

  • Nature Interpretation as Ritual or Interactional Poetry: A Linguistic Anthropological Analysis of Environmental Discourse. The Japanese Journal of Language in Society. Vol. 11 No. 2 (2009)

  • “Environmental Communication” as the Culture-Nature Nexus: Chicago’s Socio-Environmental History as the Poetic Structure of “Here and Now” and “There and Then.” Intercultural Communication Review. No. 6 (2008)