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 DeWitt Wallace Professor of the Department of Asian Languages & Cultures. She specializes in Japanese linguistics and teaches Japanese language and linguistics courses. As a language teacher, she mostly teaches the beginning and the fourth year levels. The linguistics courses she has taught include JAPA150 (Language and Gender in Japanese Society), JAPA294 (Dialects, Multilingualism, and the Politics of Speaking Japanese), and a senior seminar JAPA 335 (Analyzing Japanese Language).

She has edited Emotive Communication in Japanese (John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2006) and authored a number of journal articles and book chapters in the field of pragmatics. The journals in which her articles appeared include The Journal of PragmaticsPragmaticsJapanese Language and Literature, and Studies in Language Sciences, and Linguistics.

Currently, she is interested in how cultural nationalism manifests itself in language. During the last sabbatical leave (2013-2014), she presented “Nationalism and metapragmatic stereotypes: A case of non-native speakers in Japan” at the 13th International Pragmatics Conference, in New Delhi, India, “Nationalism Lite?: The Commodification of Non-native Speech in Japan” at the Politics of Speaking Japanese Symposium at the University of Saint Louis, and “Emasculated?!: Nationalism and Gender in the Representation of Non-native Speech in Contemporary Japanese Novels” at the 8th International Gender and Language Association Conference in Vancouver, Canada.