Professor of Japanese (Queens College) and Linguistics (Graduate Center)
Department Chair, 2005-2010
Dean of Faculty for the School of Arts and Humanities, 2012-Present
Interim Associate Provost, 2017-2018
Queens Hall, Room 210
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.
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.
2020 Breaking the illusion of modality: A pragmatic analysis of Japanese darou (with Marisa Nagano). In Evidentals and Modals, Chungmin Lee and Jinho Park (eds.). Current Research in the Semantics/Pragmatics Interface, Volume 39. Brill, Leiden and Boston. 502–519.
2019 The functional roles of lexical devices in second language learners’ encoding of temporality: A study of Mandarin Chinese-speaking ESL learners. With Li Ma and Gita Martohardjono. International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching. (DOI: 10.1515/iral-2018-0298)
2018 Studies in Japanese and Korean Historical and Theoretical Linguistics and Beyond, edited with Alexander Vovin.Brill, Leiden and Boston. xxxii+198pp.
2011 Why some imperfectives are interpreted imperfectly: A study of Chinese learners of Japanese. With Alison Gabriele. Language Acquisition, 18.1. 39–83
2003 Japanese/Korean Linguistics 12, editor. Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford University, Stanford. x+408pp.
2002 On how to use –wa. With Robert Fiengo. Journal of East Asian Linguistics, 11.1. 5–42. Reprinted in 2005 in Japanese Linguistics: Critical Concepts in Linguistics. N. Tsujimura (ed.). Routledge.
2000 Using Japanese: A Guide to Contemporary Usage, Cambridge University Press. 412pp.