Naomi Geyer

Credentials: Associate Professor of Japanese Linguistics


(608) 262-9221

1260 Van Hise Hall

Office Hours: Wednesday & Friday, 10:00-11:00




Areas of Expertise:

Japanese Language, Language Pedagogy, Pragmatics


Ed.D, Columbia University


I started my graduate study at Teachers College, Columbia University majoring in TESOL and then moved on to their doctoral program to specialize in Applied Linguistics. The interaction of language teaching practice and research always gives me fresh insights into language and its use. Most of my research interests stem from, or are closely related to, my role as a teacher and supervisor of Japanese language courses. I am looking forward to meeting new students to share my interests in how people use and learn to use language.

Research Interests:

Professor Geyer received her doctorate degree in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University and joined the Japanese Linguistics Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002. Prior to joining this program, she also taught different levels of Japanese language courses at Columbia University, and continues to be involved in the summer program at Columbia University, by co-teaching an Elementary Japanese Pedagogy course. Her research interests include pragmatics in Japanese language, discursive approaches to politeness phenomena, pragmatic developments in learner language, classroom discourse and language teacher education.

Selected Book:

Discourse and Politeness