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DR Jun Ohashi


  • Language use in relation to social norms and speaker intention (discourse analysis, social exchange, reciprocity, sociolinguistics, cross-cultural pragmatics, thanking rituals, second language acquisition)



  • Jun Ohashi is Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies at The University of Melbourne. His ongoing research interests include interpersonal pragmatics, (im)politeness, critical discourse analysis, media literacy and linguistic rituals. Jun is the author of Thanking and Politeness in Japanese (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), and has published papers in the Journal of Pragmatics, Multilingua, Journal of Japanese Studies, and many more. He has contributed a book chapter to two books on the post 3.11 media literacy (Hitsuji, 2015, 2017); the former analyses the discourse of government officials at a series of press conferences after the Great Tohoku earthquake, and the latter investigates the realization of wakimae (discernment) of Japanese government officials protecting national interests in the post 3.11 disaster discourse. His recent research interests include new roles of the Japanese language education in Australian Higher education (a book chapter with H. Ohashi, Routledge, 2015) and the discourse of neo-liberalism and the university world rankings (with H. Ohashi, Journal of Oceanian Education Studies, 2016). Jun’s current research on progress is on small talk, and he uses his innovative analytical tool, the balance sheet of obligations, to make sense of how conversationalists evaluate small talk. His pilot study is featured in Chapter 11, Impoliteness and relationality (Ohashi and Chang 2017) in the Handbook of Linguistic (im)politeness (Culpeper, Haugh and Kádár eds. 2017) published by Palgrave Macmillan. More recent publications include a longitudinal study of email exchanges in a Japanese community (Journal of Pragmatics) in 2018 and 'Small talk as ritual' (forthcoming).    


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2001
  • MPhil, University of Dundee 1990
  • BA, Tamagawa University 1985



Available for supervision

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