Akiko Imamura


B331 Wells Hall
619 Red Cedar Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824

FacultyLinguistics, Languages, and Cultures

Assistant Professor

Japanese Language Program


Ph.D., Japanese Linguistics (major) and Second Language Acquisition (minor), University of Wisconsin-Madison

Akiko Imamura is an assistant professor of Japanese & Japanese language program coordinator at Michigan State University. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in Japanese Linguistics and minoring in Second Language Acquisition. Before joining MSU, she taught both the Japanese language and Japanese Linguistics at Swarthmore College. Her research interest centers around Japanese language use and social interaction using Conversation Analysis. Her current research projects explore compliment sequences in Japanese everyday conversation and the use of non-lexical tokens. Another line of her research interest involves Japanese language pedagogy and program development/direction.


Arita, Y. & Imamura, A. (forthcoming). Japanese complaint responses in textbook dialogues and ordinary conversations: Learning objects to expand interactional repertoires. International Review of Applied Linguistics in Langauge Teaching.

Imamura, A., Ryu, C. & Kawaguchi, M. (forthcoming). Rethinking the Online Placement Test for a College-Level Japanese Language Program During the Covid-19 Pandemic. In Sadeghi, K. (Ed.). Technology-Assisted Language Assessment in Diverse Contexts: Lessons from the Transition to Online Testing during COVID-19. Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003221463

Imamura, A. (2022). Tacit acceptance of compliments after tellings of accomplishment: Contingent operation of preferences in Japanese ordinary conversation. Discourse Studies, 24(2). 206-230.

Arita, Y., Imamura, A., & Shibata, Y. (2019). “Daisansha ganboo no hyogen keeshiki no tayoosei: Kaiwa ni okeru jissaino shiyoo to kyooikutekishisa [Various constructions for the third person desire: Actual use in conversation and pedagogical implications].” Conference Proceedings of the 27th Central Association of Teachers of Japanese Conference. 199-210.

Mori, J., Imamura, A., and Shima, C. (2017). Evidentiality in nursing shift handovers: The management of knowledge about patient condition. Journal of Pragmatics.109, 64-81.


JPN 101 Elementary Japanese I

JPN 350 Japanese Language in Society
The course was taught as JPN 350 “Studies in Japanese Language” up to Spring 2022.

JPN 402 Fourth year Japanese II

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