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On sabbatical AY 2020-2021
Dr. Didi-Ogren holds a joint appointment in World Languages and Cultures and Sociology & Anthropology.
- B.A. in Japanese Studies – Earlham College
- M.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures – University of Illinois
- M.A. and Ph.D. in (Linguistic) Anthropology – University of Texas at Austin
- Japanese language courses at all levels
- Gender and Language (annually)
- Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (annually)
- FSP: Language in Society (ocassionally)
- Interactional sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, language and power, gender and language, Japan
- Pragmatics in foreign-language teaching
Recent Research & Activities
My research program investigates gender, politeness and power in rural Japanese women’s language usage, and directly contributes to a growing body of work in linguistics and anthropology that addresses how gender is instantiated, negotiated and molded through its place in a constellation of mutually-operating features, and across utterances in face-to-face interactions. This program addresses how women in a rural Japanese community negotiate role and status through shifts between three sets of linguistic features: 1) social deictic markers (linguistic features that encode particular social relationships) such as desu/-masu and plain verb and adjective endings; 2) gender-neutral and gender-marked linguistic forms; and 3) the standard variety of Japanese and local language varieties (LLV).
I have also been working on a project with colleague Joseph Goebel that examines input in Japanese language education materials.
I am becoming increasingly interested in language and pragmatics, as a means of connecting my work as a linguistic anthropologist and as a teacher of Japanese language to non-native speakers.
Book review of Negotiation of Contingent Talk: The Japanese interactional particles ne and sa (Morita 2005). Discourse Studies. 2008.
The role of input in JFL university-level teaching materials: An examination of three widely-used
textbooks. Proceedings of the 14th Princeton Japanese Pedagogy Forum: Princeton University. August, 2007: 216-226.
Negotiating geographic and temporal “locality” in rural Japanese women’s workplace settings. In Respect life, realize unity, and response to globalization: Proceedings of the 10th Annual Graduate Student/School Teacher Symposium on Japanese Studies. Seton Hall University: Asian Studies Department. June, 2007: 39-48.
Book review of Beyond sex and gender. Discourse and Society. May, 2005 16: 455 – 456.
Japanese and American folk vocabularies for emotions. With Futoshi Kobayashi and Diane Schallert.The Journal of Social Psychology: August 2003
Proceedings of the Sixth Annual Symposium About Language and Society – Austin (SALSA). Texas Linguistic Forum: Department of Linguistics, University of Texas. 1998