Shigehito Menjo

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Shigehito Menjo joined the department of Asian Languages and Cultures in Fall 2018. His teaching and research interests stem from his fascination with pragmatic use of language, particularly as it regards prosody in a second/foreign language. In his teaching, he focuses on learners developing both pragmatic aspects of language as well as competence in fundamental components, such as a syntax and pronunciation. He also explores effective methods of shaping learners’ aural perceptual ability in a new language and the development of joke telling in a second language. As reflected in his teaching interests, his research interests include the acquisition of pragmatic prosody use in a second/foreign language by adult second/foreign language learners and the development of its competence and performance with or without explicit instruction. He also examines, using linguistic methods, humor in oral communication. He received B.A and M.A from the University of Oregon and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University-Commerce.


  • Ph.D. English/Applied Linguistics, Texas A&M University-Commerce
  • M.A. Japanese Linguistics and Pedagogy, University of Oregon
  • B.A. Linguistics, University of Oregon