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About Satoko Suzuki

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.


Present DeWitt Wallace Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures, Macalester College

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  • Communicative Strategies in Japanese Society
  • Fourth Year Japanese I
  • Elementary Japanese II

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Macalester College
Neill Hall, 108C
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
Ph: (651) 696-6723


Journal Articles (17)

Books (1)

Contributions to Books (6)