Masakatsu NAGAI

Project Research Fellow

Research Interests

In the field of Linguistics, he is investigating the Ancient Egyptian Graphemic System and is aiming at achieving systematization of General Graphemics. He is also attempting to construct a Database System of Photographs of Hieratic Signs with Attached Annotations in the field of Digital Humanities.



1994 B.A. in Literature, Faculty of Letters, Doshisha University
1997 M.A. in History, Graduate School of Letters, Keio University
1998–2000 Visiting Graduate Student, Rothberg International School, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2009 Ph.D. in Linguistics, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba

【Academic Positions】

2004–2006 Research Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
2010–2013 Research Associate, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba
2013–2016 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba
2016–present Project Research Fellow, Uehiro Project for the Asian Research Library

Books & Articles

“On Deciphering the 8th Sign of the 65th Line in The Tale of the Shipwrecked Sailor,” Journal of General Linguistics 18 (2015): 69–85.

“Development of a Web-based Linguistic Information System for Ancient Egyptian Hieratic Manuscripts” (together with Toshihito WAKI), IPSJ SIG Computers and the Humanities Symposium 2012, Vol. 2012, No. 9 (2012): 225–230. (in Japanase)

“Some Bibliographical and Graphemic Notes on the Egyptian Hieratic Papyrus P. BM 10682 in the British Museum,” Studies in Language and Literature: Language 62 (2012): 53–74.

“On the Negative Progressive Form of Middle Egyptian: A Reconstruction of the nn sw Hr sDm Construction,” Orient 53-2 (2011): 34–54. (in Japanase)

“Linguistic Variety of the 19th Dynasty,” Lingua Aegyptia 14 (2006): 223–250.