Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

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Masako Hoye

  • Lecturer of Japanese
  • Swan Hall 122 - Office Hours: MWF 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Phone: 401.874.2969
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Masako Hoye is a new lecturer at the University of Rhode Island. She is a native Japanese who grew up in a traditional old family in Kokura, Japan. She raised two bilingual children and started her teaching career at the University of North Texas in 2001, where she taught Japanese language courses for four and a half years as a sole instructor and developed a minor in Japanese there. She entered a Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 2005 and earned her doctoral degree in Linguistics there in 2008. While at CU, Boulder, she taught Linguistics courses as a TA and a Japanese Linguistics course as an instructor. Since 2008, she has been teaching Japanese language courses as a Visiting Assistant Professor at liberal arts colleges, which includes Bucknell University, Wittenberg University, and Colby College. Before arriving at URI, she was teaching upper level Japanese language courses and a Japanese Linguistics course at Middlebury College for two years. Teaching has been her greatest passion and true joy since 2001. She strongly believes that students who are taught how the Japanese language is structured, reinforced by a clear understanding of essential cultural and historical aspects of a Japanese civilization, can truly learn Japanese in a well-rounded manner.


Dr. Hoye’s research explores the notion of the Japanese subject in conversation taking a discourse-functional approach. In addition to this topic, her research goals also include the development of a comprehensive theory concerning the so-called “case-marking system” in Japanese. Her current research focuses on the function of the particle-ga in conversation, which is often considered as a subject marker. Her specialty is discourse syntax. Her primary interest is to examine “how native speakers actually talk”. She also very much enjoys teaching a Japanese Linguistics course, which explores the Japanese language and Japanese culture and their connections.

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