Areas of Expertise
Assistant Professor Saito's expertise includes Japanese sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, and pragmatics.
Assistant Professor Saito teaches all levels of Japanese language, as well as Japanese Communication and Culture I and II in the undergraduate program.
Assistant 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