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Yoshiko Matsumura Last modified date:2017.06.02

Professor / Department of Language Education
Department of Linguistic Environment
Faculty of Languages and Cultures

Graduate School
Undergraduate School
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Academic Degree
Field of Specialization
Linguistics, Praagmatics, Contrastive Linguistics, Sociolinguistics
Outline Activities
Research activities:
Studies on Japanese and English temporal and aspectual expressions
Study on Japanese Politeness
Contrtastive Study on native and non-native Japanese politeness

Educational activities
English classes as a foreign language to undergraguate students at Kyushu University
Seminars on Contrastive Linguistics at the Graduate School of Social and Cultural Studies, Kyushu

Social activities
Lectures on the Japanese History and Culture at JICA
Research Interests
  • Development of a CLIL-oriented authentic reading and listening textbook
    keyword : Content and Language Integrated Learning, autonomous learning, academic materials
    2014.04~2016.03Studies in English and Japanese Temporal and Aspectual Systems.
  • To develop an effective way to deepen intercultural understanding
    keyword : Politeness, Intercultural communication
    2014.04~2017.03Studies in English and Japanese Temporal and Aspectual Systems.
  • Semantic and Pragmatic Analysis of English and Japanese Tense and Aspect
    keyword : Tense, Aspect, Cognitive Semantics of Situation Types
    1996.04~2012.03Studies in English and Japanese Temporal and Aspectual Systems.
  • Development of Practical Japanese Politeness Teaching Methodology
    keyword : discernment, volition, positive politeness, negative politeness,consideration of others
    2012.04~2014.03Politeness in Japanese, English, Korean and Chinese, and Arabic.
  • English for Specific Purposes
    keyword : Bioethics, Medical Ethics
    2007.04~2009.03Politeness in Japanese, English, Korean and Chinese, and Arabic.
Current and Past Project
  • This project aims at developping a Reading/Listening Textbook based on the curriculum called Q-LEAP.
  • Promoting closer ties with Japanese teachers insde and outside Japan, this project aims to develop an effective way to deepen understanding of other cultures.
  • Development of the Japanese Politeness Teaching Materials and Program
    Development of Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean Teaching Materilas and Program
  • Development of the Japanese Politeness Teaching Materials and Program
    Development of Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean Teaching Materilas and Program
  • Development of the Japanese Politeness Teaching Materials and Program
  • Development of the English Teaching Materials and Program: Focused on Bioethics
  • Development of the Intercultural Teaching Materials
  • Teaching Methodology for Intercultural Understanding Course: Based on Language Sources in Manga Comic Books
Academic Activities
1. Japanese Data (Conversations, Interviews, Grammar, and Teaching materials).
2. Authentic Reader A Gateway to Academic English.
1. A New Approach to the Analysis of Im/politeness: Rethinking Face and Discernment.
2. Compliments and Politeness: Are Compliments Positively or Negatively Assessed?.
3. Teaching and Learning Japanese Way to Complain and Disagree Politely.
4. Japanese Apologetic Strategies.
5. An Effective Way to Teach Japanese Politeness: With Special Reference to Strategies for Refusing a Request.
6. Chinese Expressions Correspoding to Japanese Discourse Marker "Dakara".
7. Gender-markers in Japanese Quotations: An Analysis of naturally-occurring conversations of college students.
8. Japanese and Chinese Evaluations for Japanese Considerate Expressions, [URL].
9. An Effective Way to Improve Pragmatic Skills by Means of Films and TV Dramas, [URL].
10. Politeness Strategies Used in Japanese and Chinese Conversations, [URL].
11. Hearer-oriented Japanese Politeness, [URL].
12. Chinese Way to Disageree Politely: With Special Reference to Disagreement in Opinion and Evaluation, [URL].
13. On the Primary Factor Causing Intervention and Non-Intervention of Toyuu into Japanese Outer reletive Clauses, [URL].
14. Politeness in Japanese Conversation: A Contrastive Analysis between Japanese, Chinese and Korean Politeness , [URL].
15. Turn-Taking Strategies in Japanese CMC, [URL].
16. Differences between -ru form and -ta form of the relational verbs in Japanese relative clauses, [URL].
17. Japanese Aspect and Classification of Japanese Verbs, [URL].
18. English Aspect in Subordinate Clauses, [URL].
19. Will in If-Clauses and Actuality, [URL].
20. The So-called -teiru / -ta Alternation in Japanese, [URL].
1. This study aims at showing a way to teach Japanese politeness on the differences in understaning between native and non-native speakers., [URL].
2. 松村 瑞子, Teaching of Japanese politeness: Focusing on difference in understanding between Japanese and non-Japanese people, Kyushu University and University of Arizona Symposium: Topics in Language, Literature and Culture, 2016.03.21, [URL].
3. This lecture aims at clarifying the difference in understanding Japanese Politeness between Japanese people and Japanese learners., [URL].
4. This lecture aims at showing the difference between Japanese and non-Japanese people and at illustrating an effective way to teach Japanese politeness., [URL].
5. , [URL].
6. 松村 瑞子, Teaching Politeness Focusing on Difference in Recognition between Japanese People and Japanese Learners, Internationsl Symposium on Linugistic Politeness, 2013.07.09, [URL].
7. Japanese Apology: When an Apology is demanded?, [URL].
8. Japanese Politeness and Consideration: Toward Development of Japanese Politeness Teaching Material, [URL].
9. Japanese Politeness: Toward Development of Japanese Politeness Teaching Material, [URL].
10. Contrastive Analysis between Japanese,Korean and Chinese Politeness, [URL].
11. Contrastive Analysis between Japanese and Korean Politeness, [URL].
12. Japanese Verb Grouping and Aspect, [URL].
13. Japanese and Korean Politeness: A Discourse-Based Contrastive Analysis.
Other Educational Activities
  • 2003.09.
Professional and Outreach Activities
JICA at Kitakyushu, Japan
1993 to 1998: Lectures on Japanese Language
2003: Lectures on Japanese History and Culture.