Yuki Arita, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Japanese Language Director & Advisor
Yuki Arita teaches Japanese and specializes in conversation analysis in Japanese talk-in-interaction. She received her Ph.D. in Japanese linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include the analysis of human interactions utilizing both linguistic and non-linguistic, multimodal resources. In her recent research, Yuki focuses on the interactional phenomenon of enactment, wherein conversation participants act out themselves or others to accomplish communication goals. She is also conducting research on interactions between native and non-native speakers of Japanese, examining how their native/non-native identities became relevant during ongoing conversations. With co-researchers, she is working on textbook analysis, exploring the importance of pedagogy reflecting language use in real-life interactions.