Faculty & Staff

Dr. Masahiro Hara
Professor of Japanese

Fall 2022 Office Hours

MWF - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM & 5:30PM - 6:00 PM

Ph.D., Michigan State University
M.A., The University of Houston
B.A., Seikei University

By teaching Japanese to Truman students, I would like to help them not only improve their language skills but also gain a nuanced understanding of cultural and linguistic diversity, ranging from individualistic vs. community-oriented, forthcoming vs. suggestive and restrained, to head-initial vs. head-final. To this end, I teach Japanese culture and sociolinguistics, Japanese film, Japanese language and linguistics, translation in Japanese, as well as intermediate and advanced Japanese language courses. I also lead a summer study abroad program covering Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Tokyo. I am in charge of a service learning program of teaching English to both high school and college students in Kyoto. As a scholar, I am curious about why language learners have difficulty with certain aspects of their target language but not others (second language acquisition) and as to how they make real-time use of their knowledge (second language processing): see my selected publications below. My research questions have often stemmed from contemplating about language behaviors exhibited by my students, myself as a second language speaker of English, and my son who is as much of a balanced bilingual/bi-cultural speaker as one can become. On a personal note, I grew up near one of the best hot spring areas in Japan and enjoy visiting secluded hot spring areas across Japan.

Selected Publications

Second language learners' greater difficulty with structural processing routines over case morphology in processing Japanese relative clause sentences. In Proceedings of the 41st Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (pp. 296-308). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Real-time reading and reactivation evidence of syntactic-gap processing in Japanese scrambling. In Selected Proceedings of the 2009 Second Language Research Forum: Diverse Contributions to SLA (pp. 31-50). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

Second language gap processing of Japanese scrambling under a Simpler Syntax account. In Research on Second Language Processing and Parsing (pp. 177-206). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins.

Input, triggering, and poverty of the stimulus in the second language acquisition of Japanese passives. Second Language Research 23 (4): 419-458.

With Chun-Hua Ma. Why do L2 learners optionally choose a certain divergent analysis of TL over a TL-like one? In EUROSLA yearbook 4 (pp. 7-40). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins.