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I come from downtown Tokyo. Unlike what you might think, it is a very down-to-earth place (Lower Town). After finishing my BA in English Literature and English Linguistics at Waseda University, I went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study Linguistics. I came to North America after the end of the Linguistic War. (No, it’s got nothing to do with Quebec vs. the rest of Canada. It refers to an intense debate that took place in the late 60′ and the 70’s among generative grammarians who were working under the paradigm set forth by Noam Chomsky.) My teachers were the proponents of the so-called Generative Semantics and it was very, VERY exciting to be able to attend their courses. I immensely enjoyed studying Linguistics there. I originally intended to become a teacher of English back in Japan after my studies in North America. Well, life is full of surprises (even to this day). Ever since I started working on Japanese data, I was quite intrigued by the Japanese language. My curiosity led me to teaching (and learning how to teach) Japanese. And eventually, I moved to Montreal, Quebec, and started teaching Japanese at McGill University. In 1988, I started teaching a Japanese course at Bishop’s and ever since I’ve been teaching Japanese here.
Special Contract Faculty Instructor since 2001
Japan Foundation Assistant Professor of Japanese 1996-1999
Lecturer of Japanese since 1988
M.A. Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1983
University Fellow, University of Illinois 1980-1981
University Fellow, University of Illinois 1979-1980
GLCA Exchange, DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana 1975-1976
B.A. English Linguistics, Waseda University 1979
Tokyo Institute for Advanced Study of Language 1978-1979
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