Study at TCU


Name UENO Kishiko
Official Title Professor
Affiliation Foreign Language Education Center, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Profile I have been engaged in comparative studies of Japanese and English conversational discourse in search of culturally shaped patterns of conversation and their underlying logic. My current interests include the relationships among language, thought and culture, and also discourse interpretation using ba-based thinking that originates in Japanese philosophy.
Research Field(Keyword & Summary)
  1. (1) Pragmatics

    Pragmatics is the study of language in use. I have considered various pragmatic phenomena that include repetitions, overlap, aizuchi, nodding, and merging discourse. I also explore how language relates to self-recognition and corporeality. Furthermore, I critically explicate the rationalist approach of major theories of pragmatics that originate in Euro-American traditions and show what they can and cannot do. As a way of thinking that may complement rationalist theories, I introduce ba-based thinking. Looking at the data in light of this model, I attempt to attain better understanding of language and the uses of language.

  2. (2)Sociolinguistics

    Sociolinguistics is the study of language, culture, and society. I have analyzed conversational phenomena such as question asking, listeners’ behavior, and conversational management in Japanese and American English conversations. I then explicated the results of the analysis in terms of social structure and contexts such as age and identity.

Representative Papers
  1. Saft, Scott, Sachiko Ide, Kishiko Ueno. 2021. Emancipatory Pragmatics. In: M. Haugh, D. Z. Kádár, and M. Terkourafi (eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Sociopragmatics. Cambridge University Press. pp. 710-732.
  2. Ueno, Kishiko and Sashiko Ide. 2020. “I”to“You”ga, naze ienai no ka? -nichi eigo no kongen teki kotonari no ichi kosatsu (The Difficulty of Saying “I” and “You” for Japanese: A Study of Fundamental Differences of English and Japanese) Language Learning and Educational Linguistics 2019-2020, 1-7.
  3. Hanks, William, Sachiko Ide, Yasuhiro Katagiri, Scott Saft, Yoko Fujii, Kishiko Ueno. 2019. Communicative Interaction in Terms of Ba Theory: Towards an Innovative Approach to Language Practice. Journal of Pragmatics, 145, 63-71.
  4. Ueno, Kishiko. 2019. Kaiwa ni okeru sutoori no kyoso(Co-creation of a Story in Conversation). Cocreationology, 1(1). 51-56.
  5. Ueno, Kishiko, 2018. Ninon jin to amerika jin no kaiwa maneejimento wa naze kotonaru no kaーkyoshi to gakusei ni yoru kaiwa no nichiei taisho (Why Conversational Management Differs between Americans and Japanese: A Contrastive Study of Teacher-Student Conversations in American English and Japanese) . The Japanese Journal of Language in Society, 1(1), 64-79.
  6. Ueno, Kishiko, 2017. Speaking as Parts of a Whole: Discourse Interpretation from Ba-based Thinking. Unpublished Dissertation. Japan Women’s University.
  7. Ueno, Kishiko, 2016. Yuugooteki danwa no “ba no riron” ni yoru kaishaku (An Interpretation of Merging Discourse in Terms of Ba Theory). Taiguu Komyunikeeshon Kenkyuu 13, 18-34.
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research Support: Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Recruitment of research assistant(s) no
Affiliated academic society (Membership type) The Japanese Association of Sociolinguisitic Sciences (fellow), International Pragmatics Association (fellow)
Education Field (Undergraduate level) Reading and Writing, Communication Skills
Education Field (Graduate level) Academic Paper Writing, Academic Presentaitons