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Misumi Sadler

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Contact Information

East Asian Languages and Cultures
2090A Foreign Language Building
707 South Mathews
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Associate Professor
Director, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies


I received my doctorate in East Asian Studies with a specific focus on Discourse and Grammar from the University of Arizona in 2002. I joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003, and am currently an associate professor of Japanese linguistics and pedagogy in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.  During the academic year of 2019-2020, I serve as Interim Director of Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies.  

Research Description

My research interests include discourse and grammar, interactional linguistics, historical pragmatics, pedagogical grammar, and teaching Japanese as a foreign language. My research is rooted in a usage-based perspective to language which takes the view that language use shapes language form and meaning. 


PhD in East Asian Studies (Discourse and Grammar), University of Arizona
MA in East Asian Studies (Discourse and Grammar), University of Arizona
Exchange: Japan Teacher Training Program, Bryn Mawr College
MA in Teaching: English as a Second Language, Whitworth College

Courses Taught

Elementary Japanese I-II (JAPN 201-202)
Intermediate Japanese I-II (JAPN203-204)
Fourth-year Japanese I-II (JAPN440-441)
Teaching Japanese as a Second Language I-II (JAPN460-461)
Colloquium in EALC: From a language learner to a language teacher (EALC 398)
Introduction to Japanese Linguistics (JAPN430)
East Asian Language Pedagogy (EALC560)
Seminar in SLA: Materials Evaluation and Design for Foreign Language Teaching (EALC/LING588)

Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Director, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
Associate Professor, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
Associate Professor, Center for Global Studies

Highlighted Publications

  • Sadler, Misumi. Co-constructing intercultural views and identities in a teaching methods class. Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence (ICC 2014): 143-165. 2014.
  • Crane, Cori, Sadler, Misumi, Ha, Jeeyoung Ahn, and Ojiambo, Peter. Beyond the methods course: Using exploratory practice for graduate student teacher development. The AAUSC Volume 2011: Educating the Future Foreign Language Professoriate for the 21st Century: 107-127.  2011.
  • Sadler, Misumi.  Subjective and intersubjective uses of Japanese verbs of cognition in conversation.  Pragmatics 20 (1): 109-128.  2010.
  • Sadler, Misumi.  From a spatial framework to a subjective framework: the semantic and pragmatic change of ni-marked NPs in Japanese.  Journal of Historical Pragmatics 9 (1): 89-134.  2008.
  • Sadler, Misumi. Grammar in use across time and space: Deconstructing the Japanese "dative subject" construction. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 2007.
  • Sadler, Misumi.  A blurring of categorization: The Japanese connective de in spontaneous conversation.  Discourse Studies 8 (2): 333-353.  2006.
  • Sadler, Misumi.  From a pragmatic marker to a direct object marker: Japanese particle o in written Japanese. Studies in Language 26 (2): 243-281.  2002.
  • Sadler, Misumi.  Iconically motivated use of the Japanese discourse markers sorede, nde and de in conversation.  Southwest Journal of Linguistics 20 (2): 143-161.  2001. 

Recent Publications

  • Sadler, Misumi, and Santos, Aria, (eds.). The Proceedings of the 29th Central Association of Teachers of Japanese Conference. 2022.
  • Sadler, Misumi. The two faces of the “ocean” (in Special Section: “Our Challenges and Triumphs: Female Asian Faculty in Leadership Positions”). Japanese Language and Literature, 56 (1), 201-207. 2022.
  • Sadler, Misumi. Japanese negative suffix nai in conversation: Its formulaicity and intersubjectivity. Discourse Studies 22(4), 460-4822020.
  • Ono, Tsuyoshi, Sadler, Misumi, and Daiju, Saori. 日本語会話における「基本的」他動詞節現実的統語論の構築を目指して [Basic transitive clauses in Japanese conversation]. In T. Nakamaya and N. Otani, (eds.), 認知言語学と談話機能言語学の有機的接[Cognitive linguistics and discourse-functional linguistics], 165-182.Tokyo: Hitsuji Shobo. 2020.