Yumiko Nishi

Assistant Professor, Japanese Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition
Phone: 
319-335-2159
Office: 
663 PH

Affiliated Faculty of the FLARE/SLA PhD Program
Coordinator of the Japanese Language Program
Director of Undergraduate Studies (ASLL)

Website: http://myweb.uiowa.edu/ynishi

Her primary research areas have been verb semantics and the second language acquisition of aspect. She is particularly interested in discovering how learners’ semantic representations of verbs in L1 affect the learning of verb semantics in L2, and how this interacts with the acquisition of aspectual morphology in L2. In most of her projects, she pursues a cross-linguistic approach in order to explore how underlying universal patterns are manifested in the process of language acquisition/development, or in the representation of languages, as well as to identify cross-linguistic variations and their significance. She also investigates how these findings can be applied to language pedagogy, in particular, the teaching of Japanese as a second/foreign language. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics with a minor in Cognitive Studies from Cornell University.

Courses Taught:

Introduction to Japanese Linguistics (JPNS 3128, Spring 2014)
Language in Japanese Society (JPNS 3401, Spring 2013, Fall 2014)
Japan: Culture and Communication (JPNS 3402, Spring 2014)
Second Language Acquisition Research and Theory (SLA 6901, Fall 2013)
First Year Japanese (Fall 2012)
Fourth Year Japanese (Spring 2013)