Marc Miyake

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Marc Hideo Miyake
Marc Miyake and ogham stone at British Museum.jpg
Miyake at the British Museum with an Ogham stone, February 2015
Born (1971-07-28) July 28, 1971 (age 45)
Aiea, Hawaii
Citizenship United States
Fields Linguistics
Institutions British Museum
Alma mater University of Hawaii at Manoa
Doctoral advisor Alexander Vovin
Known for Study of Old Japanese and Tangut language

Marc Hideo Miyake (Japanese name: 三宅 英雄 (Miyake Hideo?); born July 28, 1971) is an American linguist, who specializes in historical linguistics, particularly the study of Old Japanese and Tangut.


Miyake was born in Aiea, Hawaii in 1971, and attended Punahou School in Honolulu, graduating in 1989. He studied Japanese language and literature at University of California, Berkeley, and then studied linguistics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, from where he obtained his doctorate in 1999, with a dissertation entitled The Phonology of Eighth Century Japanese Revisited: Another Reconstruction Based Upon Written Records.[1][2] He is best known for his work on the phonetic reconstruction of Old Japanese, but is also known for his work on the extinct Tangut language.

He is currently a research assistant in linguistics at the British Museum. His research concerns the decipherment of Pyu inscriptions.[3][4]


  • 2003. Old Japanese: A Phonetic Reconstruction. London; New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-30575-6
  • Miyake, Marc Hideo (2003). "Philological evidence for *e and *o in Pre-Old Japanese". Diachronica. 20 (1): 83–137. doi:10.1075/dia.20.1.06miy. 
  • 2006. "Kana's Korean origins"; in Françoise Bottéro & Redouane Djamouri (eds.), Ecriture chinoise : données, usages et représentations. ISBN 2-910216-08-X.
  • 2012. "Complexity from Compression: a Sketch of Pre-Tangut". In Irina Popova (ed.), Тангуты в Центральной Азии: сборник статей в честь 80-летия проф. Е.И.Кычанова [Tanguts in Central Asia: a collection of articles marking the 80th anniversary of Prof. E. I. Kychanov] pp. 244–261. Moscow: Oriental Literature, 2012. ISBN 978-5-02-036505-6

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