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William McClure

Associate Professor of Japanese (Queens College) and Linguistics (Graduate Center)
Department Chair 2005-2010

Currently serving as Dean of Faculty for the Division of Arts and Humanities

Queens Hall, Room 210
Phone: 718-997-5790
wmcclure@qc.cuny.edu

PhD, Cornell University

William McClure was responsible for the Japanese language program, and taught language and culture at Queens, and semantics and Japanese linguistics at the Graduate Center; he is also expert on the uses of technology in teaching. He is a recipient of the College Teaching Award.

Research Interests

I am a formal linguist working principally on the syntax/semantics interface, and most of my work is about Japanese. I have looked at such topics as the progressive and unaccusativity, and I am focusing now on the syntax and semantics of Japanese classifying expressions. In addition, I teach Japanese language and have more than a passing interest in language pedagogy, teacher training, and second language acquisition.

My joint appointment between Queens College and the Linguistics department at the CUNY Graduate Center allow me to pursue research in the context of concrete pedagogical issues.

Classes

  • Japanese
  • Linguistics

Publications

Using Japanese (Cambridge University Press 2000) and
Japanese/Korean Linguistics 12 (Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford 2003).

Using Japanese
is a guide to Japanese usage for students who have acquired the basics of the language and wish to extend their knowledge. Unlike conventional grammars, it gives special attention to those areas of vocabulary and grammar that cause the most difficulty to English speakers. Careful consideration is given throughout to questions of style, register, and politeness, and there are sections on social rituals such as greetings, introductions and apologies.

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 Office Information

 
Yunzhong Shu
Acting Department Chair
Location: Queens Hall, Room 215
Phone: 718-997-5570
Fax: 718-997-5577
Email: CMAL@qc.cuny.edu

Faculty and Staff Information

Fall 2017 Course Information


Language Placement


Upcoming Language Placement Exams


Summer 2017

Arabic: Please ​contact Professor Kamal Soleimani, the Arabic language coordinator, ​at ksoleimani@qc.cuny.edu.

  • June 14, 4 - 6 pm, Queens Hall 245D
  • July 10, 1 pm, Queens Hall 345F1
  • August 10, 1 pm, Queens Hall 345F1​

Chinese: Please contact Professor Yunzhong Shu, the Chinese language coordinator, at yunzhong.shu@qc.cuny.edu.

Ancient Greek: Please contact Professor Jacob Mackey, the Ancient Greek language coordinator, at jacob.mackey@qc.cuny.edu.

Hebrew: Please contact Professor Deborah Gruber, the Hebrew language coordinator, at tsanchanit@aol.com.

Japanese: Please contact Professor Mari Fujimoto, the Japanese language coordinator, at mfujimoto@qc.cuny.edu.

Korean: Please contact Professor Seongyeon Ko, the Korean language coordinator, at seongyeon.ko@qc.cuny.edu.

Latin: Please contact Professor Jacob Mackey, the Latin language coordinator, at jacob.mackey@qc.cuny.edu.

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