Patricia Wetzel - Japanese
Patricia J.Wetzel (1984) Ph.D.
Professor of Japanese Ph.D 1984.
Dr. Wetzel received her Ph.D. in Japanese linguistics from Cornell University. She specializes in the linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics and linguistic pragmatics of Japanese, particularly modern honorific language or keigo. Her publications include Keigo in Modern Japan (University of Hawaii Press, 2004), and various articles that have appeared in Language in Society, Language Variation and Change, Multilingua , and elsewhere. Her secondary research interests are Japanese language pedagogy and Heritage Language. She is the past president of the Association of Teachers of Japanese. She has also served as the coordinating editor of the Journal of the Association of Teachers of Japanese, as well as book review editor for the Journal of Asian Studies . She directs the first- and second-year language program at PSU, and teaches courses in Japanese linguistics and language pedagogy.