Satoko Suzuki is the chair and DeWitt Wallace 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 Pragmatics, Pragmatics, Japanese Language and Literature, and Linguistics. EDUCATION: B.A., University of Niigata; M.A., University of Minnesota, Ph.D., University of Minnesota. Professor Suzuki has been teaching at Macalester since 1990.
Connection and emotion: Extensive clause combining in contemporary Japanese fiction, Pragmatics (2013)
Kakikotoba no naka no hanashikotoba: Yangu adaruto shoosetsu ni okeru setsurensa no bunseki, Studies in Language Sciences: the Journal of the Japanese Society for Language Sciences (2012)
Vernacular style writing: Strategic blurring of the boundary between spoken and written discourse in Japanese, Pragmatics (2009)
Expressivity of vagueness: Alienation in verb-tari suru construction, Japanese Language and Literature (2008)
Review of Japanese Language in Use: An Introduction by Toshiko Yamaguchi, Japanese Language and Literature (2008)
Contributions to Books