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Marc Hideo Miyake (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.

Marc Hideo Miyake
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Miyake at the British Museum with an Ogham stone (February 2015)
Born (1971-07-28) July 28, 1971 (age 48)
Academic background
ThesisThe Phonology of Eighth-Century Japanese Revisited: Another Reconstruction Based upon Written Records (1999)
Doctoral advisorAlexander Vovin
Academic work
Main interests



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 at the British Museum, where his research concerns the decipherment of Pyu inscriptions.[3] He is also a research associate in the Department of Linguistics at the School of Oriental and African Studies.[4]


  • Miyake, Marc Hideo (2003). Old Japanese: A Phonetic Reconstruction. London and New York: RoutledgeCurzon. 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.
  • Miyake, Marc Hideo (2006). "Kana’s Korean origins". In Françoise Bottéro & Redouane Djamouri (eds.), Ecriture chinoise: données, usages et représentations, pp. 185–205. Paris: CRLAO. ISBN 2-910216-08-X.
  • Miyake, Marc Hideo (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. ISBN 978-5-02-036505-6.
  • Griffiths, Arlo; Hudson, Bob; Miyake, Marc; Wheatley, Julian K. (2017). "Studies in Pyu Epigraphy, I: State of the Field, Edition and Analysis of the Kan Wet Khaung Mound Inscription, and Inventory of the Corpus". Bulletin de l'École française d'Extrême-Orient. 103: 43–205. doi:10.3406/befeo.2017.6247.


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