Graduate Program in Japanese Linguistics



Current Students

Center for East Asian Studies





Naomi H. McGloin, Professor
Ph.D. University of Michigan

Professor McGloin has been teaching Japanese language and linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for nearly 30 years.  Her major publications include An IntegratedApproach to Intermediate Japanese (co-authored with Akira Miura, The Japan Times), A Students’ Guide to Japanese Grammar (Taishukan), Aspects of Japanese Women’s Language (co-edited with Sachiko Ide, Kurosio), Negation in Japanese (Boreal Scholarly Publishers—formerly, Linguistic Research).  Her research interest is in the area of cognitive functional linguistics and discourse analysis.  Her more recent articles have focused on analyzing certain linguistic expressions using actual conversational data.  She is currently serving as President of the Association of Teachers of Japanese.

I first came to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to study linguistics.  While I was at the University of Michigan, I had an opportunity to teach Japanese.  It was the early 1970’s, and I was extremely fortunate to work with pioneers in Japanese language teaching in the U.S.  After I came to the UW-Madison in 1976, I was fortunate to work with another pioneer in the field— Professor Akira Miura.  The textbook I coauthored with Professor Miura, An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese, has been very successful:  it is now in its 41st printing.  At the UW-Madison, I have been able to combine my interests in Japanese linguistics and Japanese language teaching, and I have enjoyed teaching and research on this campus very much.  Over the years, I have been blessed with dedicated graduate students and enthusiastic undergraduate students.   Many of the graduate students are actively engaged in teaching and/or research of the Japanese language both in the U.S. and abroad, and it is wonderful to see them grow both professionally and personally.

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Junko Mori, Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professor Mori is the author of Negotiating Agreement and Disagreement in Japanese: Connective Expressions and Turn Construction (1999, John Benjamins) and the recipient of the 2003 ACTFL/MLJ Paul Pimsleur Award for Research in Foreign Language Education.  Her articles have appeared in Applied Linguistics, Human Studies, Journal of Pragmatics, Modern Language Journal, Pragmatics, Research on Language and Social Interaction, 第二言語としての日本語の習得研究, among others.  Her research interests center on the application of the methodological framework of “conversation analysis” to the study of talk-in-interaction involving first and second language speakers of Japanese.  She is currently serving as a project director for the Center for Advanced Language Education and Research (US Dept. of Education funded National Language Resource Center), a board member for the Association of Teachers of Japanese, and an editorial panel member for Applied Linguistics and Research on Language and Social Interaction.

Madison, Wisconsin has become my hometown in the US! 
I first came to the US in 1989 as a Japanese language intern and spent one year at a school district outside of Milwaukee.  The following year, I decided to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison to pursue my graduate education in Japanese linguistics. During the six years of graduate work at the UW-Madison, I met so many great teachers, colleagues, and friends and learned so much from each one of them that it was hard for me to leave for my first job at the University of Iowa in 1996.  It was very fortunate for me to be able to return to my home school, and to be given an opportunity to help my 後輩 have the same great experiences that made me grow as a teacher and researcher. 

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Naomi F. Geyer, Assistant Professor
Ed.D. Columbia University

Professor Geyer received her doctorate degree in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University and joined the Japanese Linguistics Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002.  Prior to joining this program, she also taught different levels of Japanese language courses at Columbia University, and continues to be involved in the summer program at Columbia University, by co-teaching Elementary Japanese Pedagogy course with Professor Makino from Princeton University.  Her research interests include pragmatics in Japanese language, discursive approaches to politeness phenomenon, pragmatic developments in learner language, classroom discourse and language teacher education. She is currently working on a book-length manuscript tentatively tiled “Politeness in Interaction: Face and Identity in Japanese multiparty discourse.”

I started my graduate study at Teachers College, Columbia University majoring in TESOL and then moved on to their doctoral program to specialize in Applied Linguistics. The interaction of language teaching practice and research always gives me fresh insights into language and its use. Most of my research interests stem from, or are closely related to, my role as teacher and supervisor of first year Japanese courses. I am looking forward to meeting new students to share my interests in how people use and learn to use language.

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Our students have regularly worked with the following professors in other departments:

Monika Chavez (German Applied Linguistics, SLA)

Mürvet Enç (Linguistics, Semantics)

Cecilia E. Ford (English Language and Linguistics, Conversation Analysis)

Yafei Li (Linguistics, Syntax / Morphology)

Maylys Macken (Linguistics, Phonology)

Sally Sieloff Magnan (French Language and Linguistics, SLA)

Douglas Maynard (Sociology, Conversation Analysis)

Richard F. Young (English Language and Linguistics, SLA)

Jane Zuengler (English Language and Linguistics, SLA)

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