Chair, DeWitt Wallace Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures

Neill Hall 108c
Telephone: 651-696-6723

Office Hours:
Tuesday and Thursday 3:00-4:00 p.m. and Wednesday 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Satoko Suzuki is the chair and professor of the Department of Asian Languages & Cultures. She is a specialist in Japanese linguistics and teaches Japanese language and linguistics courses. As a language teacher, she mostly teaches at the beginning level and the fourth year level. The linguistics courses she has taught include JAPA194 (Language and Gender in Japanese Society), JAPA294 (Language Variation in Japan: Identity, Relationship and Communication), JAPA235 (Communicative Strategies in Japanese Society), and JAPA 335 (Analyzing Japanese Language).

Her primary research interest is in pragmatics (a sub-field, along with phonetics, syntax, etc., within the field of linguistics). She is especially interested in how a speaker/writer's attitude or emotion influences linguistic forms. Her current research concerns how linguistic stereotypes are utilized in contemporary fiction. She has edited Emotive Communication in Japanese (John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2006) and authored a number of journal articles and book chapters. The journals in which her articles appear include The Journal of PragmaticsPragmaticsJapanese Language and Literature, and Linguistics.