Misumi Sadler

 Misumi Sadler

Contact Information

East Asian Languages and Cultures
2090A Foreign Language Building
707 South Mathews
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Urbana, IL 61801
Director of Japanese Language Program, Associate Professor

Additional Campus Affiliations


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


  • 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)

Selected Publications


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Sadler, Misumi Grammar in use across time and space: Deconstructing the Japanese “dative subject” construction Amsterdam/Philadelphia John Benjamins 2007.

Journal Articles

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 2014, p. 143-165.
Sadler, Misumi, and Jung Sun Kim Nihongo shokyuu koosu ni okeru ibunkakan rikai kyooiku ‘Intercultural education in the first-year Japanese language courses’ Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference of the Central Association of Teachers of Japanese (CATJ) 2010, p. 82-92.
Crane, Cori, Misumi Sadler, Jeeyoung Ahn Ha, and Peter Ojiambo Using exploratory practice for graduate student teacher development The AAUSC Volume 2011: Educating the Future Foreign Language Professoriate for the 21st Century 2011, p. 107-127.
Sadler, Misumi Subjective and intersubjective uses of Japanese verbs of cognition in conversation Pragmatics 20 1 2010, p. 109-128.
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 2008, p. 89-134.
Iwasaki, Noriko, and Misumi Sadler Focus on functions in Japanese language classrooms: An output-based approach to teaching appropriate particle use for the purpose of speaking BATJ (British Association of Teachers of Japanese) 7 2007, p. 17-31.
Iwasaki, Noriko, and Misumi Sadler Iconicity and viewpoint in determining the word order in dative construction in Japanese BLS (Berkeley Linguistic Society 30 2006, p. 468-480.
Sadler, Misumi A blurring of categorization: The Japanese connective de in spontaneous conversation Discourse Studies 8 2 2006, p. 333-353.
Sadler, Misumi From a pragmatic marker to a direct object marker: Japanese particle o in written Japanese Studies in Language 26 2 2002, p. 243-281.
Sadler, Misumi Iconically motivated use of the Japanese discourse markers sorede, nde and de in conversation Southwest Journal of Linguistics 20 2 2001, p. 143-161.

Book Contributions

Sadler, Misumi From less personal to more personal: Subjectification of ni- marked NPs in Japanese discourse The role of semantics and pragmatics in the development of case edited by J. Barðdal. From less personal to more personal: Subjectification of ni- marked NPs in Japanese discourse Edited by J. Barðdal, Amsterdam/Philadelphia John Benjamins 2008.


Sadler, Misumi Usage-based approaches to Japanese grammar edited by Kaori Kabata, edited by Tsuyoshi Ono. Journal of Japanese Linguistics 31 Edited by Kaori Kabata, Edited by Tsuyoshi Ono, 2015, p. 109-112.
Sadler, Misumi Chinese learning journeys: Chasing the dream edited by Su Feng. Language and Intercultural Communication 12 3 Edited by Su Feng, 2012, p. 274-276.
Sadler, Misumi A Performance-Based Pedagogy for Communicating in Cultures: Training Teachers for East Asian Languages compiled by Matthew Christensen, compiled by Mari Noda. Japanese Language and Literature 40 1 Compiled by Matthew Christensen, Compiled by Mari Noda, 2011, p. 133-138.
Sadler, Misumi Japanese discourse markers: Synchronic and diachronic discourse analysis compiled by Noriko Onodera. Japanese Language and Literature 40 1 Compiled by Noriko Onodera, 2006, p. 105-111.