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I received my doctorate in East Asian Studies with a specific focus on Discourse and Grammar from the University of Arizona in 2002. I joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003, and am currently an associate professor of Japanese linguistics and pedagogy in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.  During the academic year of 2019-2020, I serve as Interim Director of Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies.  

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My research interests include discourse and grammar, interactional linguistics, historical pragmatics, pedagogical grammar, and teaching Japanese as a foreign language. My research is rooted in a usage-based perspective to language which takes the view that language use shapes language form and meaning. 


PhD in East Asian Studies (Discourse and Grammar), University of Arizona
MA in East Asian Studies (Discourse and Grammar), University of Arizona
Exchange: Japan Teacher Training Program, Bryn Mawr College
MA in Teaching: English as a Second Language, Whitworth College


Elementary Japanese I-II (JAPN 201-202)
Intermediate Japanese I-II (JAPN203-204)
Fourth-year Japanese I-II (JAPN440-441)
Teaching Japanese as a Second Language I-II (JAPN460-461)
Colloquium in EALC: From a language learner to a language teacher (EALC 398)
Introduction to Japanese Linguistics (JAPN430)
East Asian Language Pedagogy (EALC560)
Seminar in SLA: Materials Evaluation and Design for Foreign Language Teaching (EALC/LING588)

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East Asian Languages and Cultures
2090A Foreign Language Building
707 South Mathews
Urbana, Illinois 61801

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