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Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

Dr Barbara Pizziconi

BA (Rome), MA (Tokyo Univ. Foreign Languages), PhD (Naples)


Barbara Pizziconi
Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

Reader in Applied Japanese Linguistics

Japan Research Centre (JRC)

Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre

Dr Barbara Pizziconi
Email address:
+44(0) 20 7898 4225
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
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Programmes Convened
Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Eiko Gyogi, Translation for Intercultural Education in the Foreign Language Classroom: A Case Study of Elementary and Intermediate Japanese Students
  • Hessah Aba-alalaa, Terms of Address in Najdi Dialect: Normativity and Variation
  • Kanako Miyabayashi, Corrective feedback in the teaching of Japanese case particles
  • Saba Tifooni, A Cross-linguistic and Cross-cultural Investigation of Non-equivalent Emotions in Second Language Learning: Frustration and Excitement between English and Kuwaiti Arabic
  • Hessah Aba-Alalaa, Terms of address in Saudi Arabic: Najdi Dialect


Politeness; linguistics; interlanguage pragmatics


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Available for
  • Special Study Programmes
  • Short Term Consultancy
Regional Expertise
  • East Asia
Country Expertise


Authored Books

Pizziconi, Barbara (1997) Taiguu Hyoogen Kara Mita Nihongo Kyookasho - Kyookasho 5 shu no Bunseki To Hihan [Politeness expressions in Japanese Textbooks – An Analysis and Critique of Five Textbooks Types]. Tokyo: Kuroshio Shuppan.

Edited Books or Journal Volumes

Pizziconi, Barbara and Locher, Miriam, eds. (2015) 'Teaching' and 'Learning' (Im)politeness. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. (Forthcoming)

Pizziconi, Barbara and Kizu, Mika, eds. (2009) Japanese Modality: Exploring its Scope and Interpretation. Basingstoke [England] ; New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapters

Pizziconi, Barbara (2015) 'Post-Fukushima discourses on nuclear power in Japan.' In: Calvetti, Paolo and Mariotti , Marcella, (eds.), Contemporary Japan - Challenges for a world economic power in transition. Venezia, Ca' Foscari University: Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing, pp. 161-188.

Pizziconi, Barbara (2015) 'Introducing the ‘Teaching’ and ‘Learning’ of (im)politeness.' In: Pizziconi, Barbara, (ed.), ‘Teaching’ and ‘Learning’ (im)politeness. Berlin; New York: Mouton de Gruyter. (Forthcoming)

Pizziconi, Barbara (2015) 'Teaching and learning (im)politeness: A look at the CEFR and pedagogical research.' In: Pizziconi, Barbara and Locher, Miriam, (eds.), 'Teaching’ and ‘Learning’ (im)politeness. Berlin; New York: Mouton de Gruyter. (Forthcoming)

Pizziconi, Barbara (2011) 'Japanese honorifics: the cultural specificity of a universal mechanism.' In: Mills, Sara and Kádár, Dániel Z., (eds.), Politeness in East Asia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 45-70. (Forthcoming)

Pizziconi, Barbara (2010) 'Eikoku no Kootoo Kyoiku (Narabi ni Rondon Daigaku Ajia Afurika Kenkyuuin) ni okeru Nihongo Kenkyuu to Nihongo Kyooiku /Japanese language studies and language pedagogy in the UK’s Higher Education (and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London).' In: International Symposium Report: Globalizing Japanese studies – Current Issues in Education and Research. Tokyo: International Centre for Japanese Studies (ICJS), Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, pp. 29-33.

Pizziconi, Barbara (2009) 'Stereotyping Communicative Styles In and Out of the Language and Culture classroom: Japanese Indirectness, Ambiguity and Vagueness.' In: Gomez Moron, Reyes and Padilla Cruz, Manuel and Fernandez Amaya, Lucia and De la O Hernandez Lopez, Maria, (eds.), Pragmatics Applied to Language Teaching and Learning. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Pizziconi, Barbara (2009) 'The interactional consequences of epistemic indexicality – some thoughts on the epistemic marker -kamoshirenai.' In: Japanese Modality: Exploring its Scope and Interpretation. Basingstoke [England] ; New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Pizziconi, Barbara (2008) 'Nihon to Kaigai no Kyoikukikan no Kyoiku Renkei no Mosaku – Tanki Kookan Ryugaku Puroguramu no Gakushuusha no Ankeeto kara.' In: Papers of the Japanese Language Teaching Association in honour of Professor Fumiko Koide. Tokyo: Koide Kinen Nihongo Kenkyuukai, Tokyo Joshi Daigaku Gendai Bungakubu.

Pizziconi, Barbara (2008) 'Japanese language learning in the UK – Notes on the social and educational background to the year of study in Japan in higher education programmes, and the case of University of London SOAS.' In: Towards a global standard in Japanese Language Pedagogy. Tokyo: Japanese Ministry of Education, pp. 74-84.

Pizziconi, Barbara (2007) 'Facework and multiple selves in apologetic metapragmatic comments in Japanese.' In: Bublitz, Wolfram and Huebler, Axel, (eds.), Metapragmatics in Use. Amsterdam: John Benjamin, pp. 49-72.

Pizziconi, Barbara (2007) 'Facework and multiple selves in apologetic metapragmatic comments in Japanese.' In: Bublitz, Wolfram and Huebler , Axel, (eds.), UNSPECIFIED Amsterdam: John Benjamin.

Pizziconi, Barbara (2006) ''POLITENESS'.' In: Brown, Keith, (ed.), Encyclopaedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd edition. Elsevier (Oxford).

Pizziconi, Barbara (2006) 'Learning to Reframe: Japanese Benefactives, Metalinguistic Beliefs and the Identities of L2 Users.' In: Yoshitomi, Asako and Umino, Tae and Negishi, Masashi, (eds.), Readings in Second Language Pedagogy and Second Language Acquisition In a Japanese Context. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 119-153.

Pizziconi, Barbara (2000) 'Chikyuushakai nimuketa chiiki gengo no Nihongo� (�Japanese: a regional language for a global society�).' In: Konomi, A. and Tanigawa, M., (eds.), Kyoukai no Gengo. Shinyousha, pp. 40-60.


Pizziconi, Barbara (2013) 'Japanese vocabulary development in Study Abroad – the timing of the year abroad in a language degree curriculum.' the Language Learning Journal .

Pizziconi, Barbara (2013) 'Japanese Politeness in Interaction (guest editorship of the special issue, and Introduction).' Multilingua, 32 (2). pp. 143-154.

Kizu, Mika and Pizziconi, Barbara and Iwasaki, Noriko (2013) 'Modal Markers in Japanese: A Study of Learners’ Use before and after Study Abroad.' Japanese Language and Literature, 47 (1). pp. 94-133.

Pizziconi, Barbara (2008) 'Danwa modariti [Discourse Modality].' BATJ Journal, 9 . pp. 31-37.

Pizziconi, Barbara (2007) 'The Lexical Mapping of Politeness in British English and Japanese.' Journal of Politeness Research Language Behaviour Culture, 3 (2). pp. 207-241.

Pizziconi, Barbara (2004) 'Japanese politeness in the work of Fujio Minami.' SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics, 13 . pp. 269-280.

Pizziconi, Barbara (2004) 'Keigo [translation of Minami Fujio's Keigo].' SOAS Working papers in Linguistics, vol.13 . pp. 281-311.

Pizziconi, Barbara (2003) 'Re-examining politeness, face and the Japanese language,.' Journal of Pragmatics, 35 . pp. 1471-1506.

Pizziconi, Barbara (2000) 'The acquisition of Japanese Communicative Style - the yarimorai verbs.' BATJ Journal (British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language), 1 . pp. 1-16.

Pizziconi, Barbara (2000) 'Some remarks on the notion of ''benefit'' and the Japanese communicative style.' SOAS working papers in Linguistics, 10 . pp. 371-384.

Pizziconi, Barbara (1998) 'Ishikika no Katei wo Omonjiru Kyojuhou - Nihongo ni Kansuru Ichikoosatsu.' AIDLG First conference proceedings on Japanese Linguistics, 1 . pp. 67-91.

Conference or Workshop Items

Pizziconi, Barbara (2013) Japanese Public Service Announcements (PSA). In: Politeness Conference (LIAR III), University of Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. (Unpublished)

Pizziconi, Barbara (2010) Japanese language studies and language pedagogy in the UK’s Higher Education (and the School of Oriental and African Studies). In: Globalizing Japanese Studies: Current issues in Education and Research, 6-7 March, 2010, International Center for Japanese Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. (Unpublished)

Pizziconi, Barbara (2008) Social deixis in Japanese. In: “East meets West”, 4th Linguistic Politeness Conference, 2008, Budapest, Hungary.

Pizziconi, Barbara (2005) Culture-specific parameters of politeness in semantic networks. In: Invited lecture hosted by Sapporo University, Sapporo University, Japan. (Unpublished)

Pizziconi, Barbara (2005) Toward a post-modern modelling of Linguistic Politeness. In: Invited lecture hosted by Waseda University, Tokyo. (Unpublished)

Pizziconi, Barbara (2004) Metalinguistic beliefs and processes of acculturation. In: EPICS II, Seville Symposium on Intercultural, Cognitive and Social Pragmatics. (Unpublished)

Pizziconi, Barbara (2002) The role of learners beliefs in the acquisition and use of benefactives. In: Second Italian Symposium on Japanese Linguistics and Japanese Language Teaching, Pavia, Italy. (Unpublished)

Pizziconi, Barbara (2000) Japanese Communicative Style. In: The 5th Conference on Applied Linguistics. (Unpublished)

Pizziconi, Barbara (1999) The acquisition of affective stance - IL pragmatics in Japanese. In: EUROSLA 9 (European Second Language Association). (Unpublished)

Book Reviews

Pizziconi, Barbara (2008) 'Review of Endō Orie 'A Cultural History of Japanese Women’s Language'.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 71 (2). pp. 388-390.

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