Yan Wang joined the Carthage faculty in 2008 as an assistant professor of Japanese. She also teaches Chinese and Global Heritage.
Professor Wang received a Ph.D. in Japanese Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her doctoral dissertation is a comparative study between the discourse-pragmatic functions of Japanese and Chinese yes-no questions. She also holds a master’s degree in Chinese Linguistics from UW-Madison. She started Japanese study in 1989. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Japanese from Beijing Foreign Studies University and a master’s degree of Japanese culture from Beijing Center for Japanese Studies. From 1996 to 1999, she worked as an assistant professor of Japanese at Beijing Foreign Studies University. Prior to coming to the United States, she also studied anthropology in the University of Tokyo, Japan.
Professor Wang’s research interests include Japanese/Chinese discourse analysis, pragmatics, syntax, pedagogy and cultural anthropology. Her recent publications and conference presentations focus on Japanese sentence-final particles and various interrogative forms in conversational discourse. Her paper, “A Dispreferred Action in a Preferred Turn Shape?—A study of “toiuka” in Japanese conversations” received the award of Top Four Paper at the 95th National Communicative Association (NCA) Language and Social Interaction Division in 2009. In recent years, her studies have been focused on Japanese sentence-final particles such as kana “I wonder…” and kamo “maybe, may,” which were presented at the conferences of AATJ (the American Association of Teachers of Japanese). Her article, “From subjectivity to intersubjectivity — A functional study of the Japanese epistemic marker-kamo,” will be published in a forthcoming book, Recent Advances in Japanese Grammar and Discourse, edited by Mutsuko Endo Hudson, et. al. The specific findings of most of her research are pedagogically applicable to the Japanese language education.
Professor Yan Wang teaches courses in Japanese, Asian Studies, and Global Heritage. Her research interests include Japanese/Chinese social linguistics, discourse analysis, pragmatics, pedagogy and second language acquisition.
Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Asian Studies
- Ph.D. — Japanese linguistics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- M.A. — Chinese linguistics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- M.A. — Japanese culture, Beijing Center for Japanese Studies
- B.A. — Japanese, Beijing Foreign Studies University
- JPN 3010, 3020: Intermediate Japanse
- JPN 4070: Advanced Japanese
- JPN 4010: Japanese Senior Seminar
- CHN/JPN 3070: Chinese and Japanese Culture through Languages
- MLA 200D: Chinese and Japanese Culture through Films
- MLA/GEO 200A: Contemporary Issues in China and Japan through Critical Examination of American Media
Japanese/Chinese social linguistics, discourse analysis, pragmatics, pedagogy and second language acquisition. Japanese/Chinese social linguistics, discourse analysis, pragmatics, pedagogy, second language acquisition and cultural anthropology.
Grants and Awards
- Japanese Language Learners Event Grant (Japan Foundation), 2015
- Faculty Research and Development Grant, (Carthage), 2012
- Top Four Paper of the 95th National Communicative Association (NCA) Language and Social Interaction Division, 2009
- Top Student Paper of the 90th National Communicative Association (NCA) Language and Social Interaction Division, 2005
- Japanese Ministry of Education (Monbushoo) Scholarship, (University of Tokyo), 1999.
- Outstanding Teaching Award, (Beijing Foreign Studies University), 1998.
- Excellent Youth Teacher, (Beijing Foreign Studies University), 1997.
- Outstanding Dissertation, (The Japanese Research Center of Beijing), 1996.
- Research Award from the Japan Foundation, (Tokyo Woman’s Christian University), 1995.
(Upcoming) A functional study of the Japanese epistemic marker-kamo, in Mutsuko Endo Hudson, Junko Mori (ed.) Recent Advances in Japanese Grammar and Discourse, John Benjamins
(Upcoming) Revisiting Student-generated Video Projects in Japanese Language Teaching: A Sociocultural Approach. In Proceeding of the SEATJ (Southeast Association of Teachers of Japanese) 2017 Conference.
2017— Intersubjectivity in Chinese and Japanese Yes-no Questions, in Intercultural Communication Studies , ICS XXVI(1), Pp.133-150
2014 — Coauthor with Risa Wada, “A discourse analysis of Japanese invitational strategies and expressions: the difference between Japanese Native and Non-Native speakers.” Proceeding of the SEATJ (Southeast Association of Teachers of Japanese) 2014 Conference.
2012 — When and why to add to iu: A study of the complementizer to iu in Japanese noun-modifications, The 2012 HUIC –Hawaii University International Conference on Arts and Humanities Proceedings. (ISSN 2162-917X)
2011 — A Discourse-pragmatic Functional Study of The Discourse Markers — Japanese ano and Chinese nage, Intercultural Communication Studies, 2011 Vol XX:2
2009 — A Dispreferred Action in a Preferred Turn Shape? — A study of “toiuka” in Japanese conversations” NCA (National Communication Association) 95th Annual Convention. http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p_mla_apa_research_citation/3/1/7/8/4/p317847_index.html
2009 — A Cross-linguistic Study of Yes-no Questions in Japanese and Chinese Conversational Discourse, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Dissertation)
2007 — Co-author with Maki Shimotani. Kaiwa ni okeru syuujosi ‘ka’ no umunit suite(The Occurrences and Non-Occurrences of the Question Marker ka In Japanese Conversational Discourse). Gengogaku to Nihongo Kyooiku (Linguistics and Japanese Education). Kuroshio Press,17-119
2007 — A Functional Study of the Final Particle mono in Japanese Conversational Discourse. Journal of Japanese Linguistics, Vol 2. No. 1. http://www.linguistics-journal.com, Linguistics Journal Press, 162-183
2005 — A Functional Study of Japanese Discourse Marker — ano. Annual Southeastern Association of Teachers of Japanese (SEATJ) 2005 Proceedings
1998 — The Symbolic Meaning of Japanese and Chinese Qixi Festival. Hakusan Review of Anthropology 5:89-108. Toyo University, Japan Press.
1998 — A Reconsideration of Japanese Religious Dolls. Journal of Chinese and Japanese Cultural Studies 4:22-30. Beijing Foreign Studies University, China Press
1998 — The Belief of Revival With Water: A Traditional Ritual in Japan. Journal of Japanese Studies 7: 325-343. Japanese Studies Center, China Press
1997 — On ‘Qixi’ (the Seventh Day of the Seventh Lunar Month): the Different Customs of Exorcization of an Evil Spirit by Water in China and Japan. Meikai Japanese Language Journal 3:59-69. Meikai University, Japan Press