Areas of Expertise
Professor Saito's expertise includes Japanese sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, and pragmatics.
Professor Saito teaches all levels of Japanese language, as well as Japanese Communication and Culture I and II in the undergraduate program.
Professor Saito's research interests are workplace discourse, language and gender, and identity construction. In particular, she has explored Japanese men's linguistic practices in superior-subordinate interactions in a workplace. She is also interested in politeness in relation to the use or non-use of honorifics in Japanese.
She has been working for a project funded by the Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (JSPS) and conducting research on identity construction and language use in Japanese workplaces.
- Saito, J. (2013). Gender and facework: Linguistic practices by Japanese male superiors in the workplace. Gender and Language, 7(2), 233-261.
- Saito, J. (2012). Construction of institutional identities by male individuals in subordinate positions in the Japanese workplace. Pragmatics, 22(4), 697-719.
- Saito, J. (2011). Managing confrontational situations: Japanese male superiors' interactional styles in directive discourse in the workplace. Journal of Pragmatics, 43, 1689-1706.
- Saito, J. (2010). Subordinates' use of Japanese plain forms: An examination of superior-subordinate interactions in the workplace. Journal of Pragmatics, 42, 3271-3282.
- Ph.D. in Japanese linguistics, University of Hawaii at Manoa
- M.A. in Japanese pedagogy, University of Iowa
- B.A. in Communication studies, Eastern Washington University
- International Pragmatic Association (IPrA)
- International Gender and Language Association (IGALA)
- Japanese Association of Sociolinguistic Sciences
- Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language