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Dr Mayuko Inagawa

Dr Mayuko Inagawa

Lecturer in Japanese Language

+44 (0)29 2068 8207
1.46a, 66a Park Place, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3AS


I work in the Japanese programme, and I am  involved with teaching Japanese language modules. My research interests include language contact and change and language use in contemporary Japan. My research work spans the fields of Sociolinguistics, Applied Linguistics, Corpus Linguistics and Japanese Studies.


Education and qualifications

  • PhD (Sociolinguistics), University of Queensland, Australia
  • MA (Applied Linguistics), University of Queensland, Australia
  • BA (English Literature), Tsuda Juku, Japan

Career overview

I began teaching Japanese at the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2007 while working on my doctorate degree there. During my time at UQ, I developed a special interest between language and the society in which it is used. Since then my main research interests lie in the area of Sociolinguistics, in particular, language contact and change, language in media and World Englishes, with special reference to Japanese contexts.

Prior to joining Cardiff University in April 2015, I held lectureships at Monash University and the University of the Sunshine Coast, where I was involved in teaching Japanese and socio/linguistic classes.

External activities and roles

  • External examiner for IWLP Japanese at University of Reading (2017 - 2020)
  • External reviewer for Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (2013, 2015 - present)
  • External peer reviewer for the International Journal of Applied Linguistics (2014); Asia Pacific Language Variation (2018)

      Professional memberships

      Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

      Member of the British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (BATJ).






        • Inagawa, M., Chiba, R. and Matsuura, H. 2016. Japanese English: what makes it un/intelligible?. Presented at: The 49th Annual Meeting of the British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL), Anglia Ruskin University, UK, 1-3 September 2016.








        Teaching Commitments

        The modules that I am involved are

        • ML1548 Japanese for Post-A Level Learners
        • ML1549 Elementary Japanese
        • ML5280 Intermediate Japanese (Module co-ordinator)
        • ML5284 Ex-Advanced Language Year 2 Japanese (Module co-ordinator in Spring Semester)
        • ML4008 Study Programme in Japan: Semester - Autumn (Module co-ordinator)
        • ML4009 Study Programme in Japan: Semester - Spring (Module co-ordinator)

        My research areas include:

        • Japanese Sociolinguistics
        • Applied Linguistics
        • Language and society
        • Language contact and change (loanwords/borrowings)
        • Language in media
        • Corpus-based language studies
        • World Englishes and English as a Lingua Franca
        • Writing scripts