S.-Y. Kuroda

Sige-Yuki Kuroda (黒田 成幸, Kuroda Shigeyuki, 1934 – February 25, 2009), aka S.-Y. Kuroda, was Professor Emeritus and Research Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, San Diego. Although a pioneer in the application of Chomskyan generative syntax to the Japanese language, he is known for the broad range of his work across the language sciences. For instance, in formal language theory, the Kuroda normal form for context-sensitive grammars bears his name.

Sigeyuki Kuroda
Born(1934-08-01)August 1, 1934
DiedFebruary 25, 2009(2009-02-25) (aged 74)
Other names黒田 成幸
Occupationlanguage sciences

Early life and career

Kuroda was born into a prominent family of mathematicians in Japan. His grandfather, Teiji Takagi, was a student of David Hilbert. Kuroda himself received degrees in mathematics and linguistics from the University of Tokyo. In 1962, he entered MIT with the first graduating class from the new Department of Linguistics, where he wrote his seminal dissertation, Generative Studies in the Japanese Language (1965) under Chomsky's supervision.

Important publications

  • "Classes of languages and linear-bounded automata", Information and Control, 7(2): 207–223, June 1964.
  • "Whether We Agree or Not : A Comparative Syntax of English and Japanese", in: William J. Poser (ed.) Papers from the Second International Workshop on Japanese Syntax, 103–142. Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications, 1988.
  • Toward a poetic theory of narration. Essays of S.-Y. Kuroda, edited by Sylvie Patron, Table of Contents de Gruyter Mouton, Berlin 2014, ISBN 978-3-11-031838-8, ISBN 978-3-11-033486-9


In 2013, the Association for Mathematics of Language, an affiliate of the Association for Computational Linguistics, established the S.-Y. Kuroda Prize to honor "work that has spawned a broad area of research" within mathematical linguistics. The prize has been awarded at most biennially.[1]


  1. "S.-Y. Kuroda Prize". SIGMOL. Retrieved 17 July 2019.

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