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Professor Masahiko Minami

Bilingual Education

San Francisco State University



Masahiko Minami received his doctorate from Harvard University, USA, and is currently a Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at San Francisco State University, USA, where he specializes in Japanese language and cross-cultural studies. He has previously served as an Invited Professor at the National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (2012–2016). He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Japanese Linguistics.

His primary area of interest in research is bilingual education and cross-cultural studies. He has written extensively on psycho/sociolinguistics with a particular emphasis on cross-cultural comparisons of language development and narrative/discourse structure.

His major works include Language Issues in Literacy and Bilingual/Multicultural Education (Harvard Educational Review, 1991), Culture-specific Language Styles: The Development of Oral Narrative and Literacy (Multilingual Matters, 2002), Telling Stories in Two Languages: Multiple Approaches to Understanding English-Japanese Bilingual Children’s Narratives (Information Age Publishing, 2011), and the Handbook of Japanese Applied Linguistics (De Gruyter Mouton, 2016).