HOSOKAWA Naoko - Tokyo College
Postdoctoral Fellow


Research Field Sociolinguistics
01 Description of Research

The main objective of my research is to investigate the relation between language and national identity through media textual analysis. In particular, I have been interested in the manner in which a shared sense of national belonging is expressed and reproduced through language. In the doctoral research that I conducted at the University of Oxford, I scrutinised debates on the use of foreign loanwords in the Japanese language. I am currently working on a project to examine recurrent metaphorical expressions in the Japanese media such as those with the term ‘refugees’ in relation to growing diversity in contemporary Japan.

02 Short Biography

2020 Postdoctoral Fellow, Tokyo College
2018 – 2020 Teaching and Research Associate, University of Strasbourg
2017 – 2018 Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow, European University Institute
2016 – 2017 Invited Researcher, French Network for Asian Studies / Fondation France-Japon
2015 – 2016 Senior Research Associate, Balliol College, University of Oxford
2015 DPhil in Oriental Studies University of Oxford
2006 MSc in International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science
2005 MA in Political Science, Columbia University
2004 BA in Policy Management, Keio University

03 Publications and Other Research Activities

“The New Wild: Thinking Linguistic Globalization through the Ecology of Species”, The Manifold Nature of Bilingual Education (2020), 72-86. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

“The Notion of ‘West’ in Contemporary Japan: A Sociolinguistic Perspective”, in “Synergy Journal of the Department of Modern Languages and Business Communication,” 14/1 (2018), 46-58.
Bucharest: Bucharest University of Economic Studies.

“Linguistic Interactions between the East and the West: The Continuity and Transformation of National Language and Identity in Japan”. “The Irish Journal of Asian Studies,” 3 (2018), 18-32. Cork: University College Cork.

“Calligraphy as a pedagogical tool for teaching the Japanese writing”. Entendre, chanter, voir et se mouvoir. Réflexion sur les supports utilisés dans la classe de langue, ed. Odile Racine (2018), 69-77. Paris: Edition des Archives Contemporaines.

“Commemorating Regional and National Identity: Discourse on ‘Asia’ in Contemporary Japan”. “The Irish Journal of Asian Studies” (peer reviewed), 2 (2016), 47-62. Cork: University College Cork.

“Language as Myth: Reinvented Belief in the Spirit of Language in Japan”. In “Myths in Crisis: The Crisis of Myth,” eds. Losada José Manuel and Lipscomb, Antonella (2015), 379-388. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

“Nationalism and Linguistic Purism in Contemporary Japan: National Sentiment Expressed through Public Attitudes towards Foreignisms”. “Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism” 15/1 (2015), 48-65. New York: John Wiley & Sons.