Senior LecturerDepartment of Languages and
About Lars Larm
I teach Japanese at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and supervise bachelor’s and master’s theses. I have also taught semantics/pragmatics and sociolinguistics at postgraduate level.
My research interests lie within the fields of semantics, pragmatics and syntax. More specifically my research is focused on modal expressions in Japanese, which I have investigated with respect to their semantics, morphology and degree of linguistically encoded subjectivity. I am also fascinated by how other grammatical categories such as tense and aspect can be used to express modality.
My research on Japanese modality has also provided me with the opportunity to delve into the indigenous Japanese grammatical tradition. What I find most exciting is the academic dialogue on chinjutsu. This term can be translated as ‘predication’ but it has also been used in the sense of ‘modality’ or ‘illocutionary force’.