Miharu Nittono earned her Ed. D. in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her MA from Waseda University (Japan) and also received an MA in TESOL from Teachers College. She is a senior instructor of Japanese at Columbia University, where she has taught all levels of Japanese. She also has experience teaching intensive summer courses in Japanese, including “Japanese Language and Culture” at Sophia University in Tokyo as an invited professor.
She has also served as the Administrative Director of the MA Program in Japanese Pedagogy at Columbia University. Her research interest has focused on Japanese “hedging” (the use of “softening” language to increase politeness or to achieve nuance). Her recent publications include Hiyaku: An Intermediate Japanese Course (Routledge, 2011; co-authors: Shigeru Eguchi, Fumiko Nazikian, Keiko Okamoto and Jisuk Park), “Follow the Old Ways: A New Approach to Kanji Learning” (2010), “Contrasting Group Size and Hedge Use” (2008), “Avoidance and Appeal: A Two-Fold Motivation for Japanese Hedging Use” (2007), “Hedging at Work: How Occupations Affect the Use of Hedging in Japanese Interactions during Non-Work Conversations” (2007), “Two-Fold Conversation Management Function of Japanese Hedging: Speaker-Centered and Listener-Centered” (2006), “The Golden Mean: Japanese Speakers’ Use of ‘Downtoners’” (2005), and “Japanese Hedging in Friend-Friend Discourse” (2003).
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