Yoshiko Matsumoto

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Yoshiko Matsumoto
Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and, by courtesy, of Linguistics
Faculty Research Fellow, 2014-15

 

Yoshiko Matsumoto is Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and, by courtesy, of Linguistics.  Professor Matsumoto’s research focuses on the contextual and sociocultural relevance of linguistic structures and language use, and the ways in which a network of meanings are communicated by a word, a phrase, or a larger discourse.  One of her research topics concerns how layers of identity are revealed in older Japanese women’s verbal interactions. Her recent publications include Faces of Aging: The lived experiences of the elderly in Japan (2011), “Alternative Femininity and the Presentation of Self in Japanese” (2004), and Diversity in Language: Perspectives & Implications (2007). As a Clayman fellow, Professor Matsumoto plans to conduct a contrastive study of older American women that builds on her previous studies of verbal self-presentations of Japanese women in their 70s and above and will examine the social meanings of old age to women of these two societies and the potential contributions to society.

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