Hideko Abe

Professor of East Asian Studies

Office: Lovejoy 429 [ campus map ]
Box 4400

Phone: 207-859-4414
Fax: 207-859-4705
Mailing Address:
4400 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8844
Abe, Hideko


Ph.D. in Anthropology (Arizona State University)

Areas of Expertise

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Language, Gender and Sexuality

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
EA277 ACulture of Cuteness: Japanese Women
JA127 AIntermediate Japanese I
JA128 AIntermediate Japanese II
JA421 AFourth Year Japanese
JA422 AFourth-Year Japanese

Other Courses Taught

CourseCourse Title
EA/AY371Japanese Language and Sexuality
EA/AY 277Language and Gender
EA/AY 278Japanese Women: The Working Life in a Culture of Cuteness
EA 457Seminar: Japanese Culture
JA 125/126Elementary Japanese I & II
JA421/422Fourth Year Japanese I & II


Shizen na kaiwa de manabu nihongo [Learning Japanese through Real Conversation]
co-written, with Endo Orie, et al. Tokyo: Hitsuji Shobō, Japan. Forthcoming in 2018.

Queer Japanese: Gender and Sexual Identities through Linguistic Practices. New York:
Palgrave Macmillan (2010).

Speaking of Power: Professional Japanese Women and Their Speeches. Germany: Lincom
Europa (2000).

Selective Book Chapters:
“Indexicality of Grammar: The Case of Japanese Transgender and Transsexual Speakers,” Oxford
Handbook of Language and Sexuality, edited by Kira Hall and Rusty Barrett. London: Oxford University Press. Forthcoming in 2018.

“Traditional Japanese Sociolinguistic Approach,” co-written with Orie Endo, Handbook of
Japanese Sociolinguistics (Vol 8), edited by Fumio Inoue, Mayumi Usami, and Yoshiyuki Asahi.Berlin, Germany: Mouton de Gruyter. Forthcoming in 2018.

“Onabe,” International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality, edited by Patricia Whelehan and Anne
Bolin, 831-832. Oxford and New York: Wiley-Blackwell (2015).

“Japanese Language, Gender and Identity,” Contemporary Issues on Linguistics and Language.
Dakam Publishing: Istanbul, Turkey, Vol.1 14-19 (2014).

“Lesbian Bar Talk in Shinjuku, Japan,” Reprint in Language and Gender: A Reader, 2nd Edition,
edited by Jennifer Coates and Pia Pichler, 375-383 (2011). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

“A Community of Manners: Advice Columns in Lesbian and Gay Magazines in Japan.” In
Manners and Mischief: Gender and Power in Japanese Conduct Literature, edited by Jan Bardsley and Laura Miller, 196-218 (2011). Berkeley: University of California Press.

“Showa no danshō no kotoba [Speech of Showa male prostitutes].” In Sekai o tsunagu kotoba
[Language That Bridges the World], edited by Orie Endō, Kobayashi Mieko and Sakurai Takashi, 65-80 (2010). Tokyo: Sangensha.

“Lesbian Bar Talk in Shinjuku, Japan,” Reprint in The Language and Sexuality Reader, edited byDeborah Cameron and Don Kulick, 132-140 (2006). New York: Routledge.
Language], edited by Orie Endō, 228-237 (2006). Seoul, Korea: Akashi Shoten.

“Lesbian Bar Talk in Shinjuku, Japan,” In Japanese Language, Gender, and Ideology, edited by
Shigeko Okamoto and Janet Shibamoto Smith, 205-221 (2004). London: Oxford University Press.

“Quiaa gengo kara mita ‘onna rashii kotoba’ [Femininity in speech of lesbians],” In Onna to
kotoba [Women and Language], edited by Orie Endō, 217-227 (2002). Tokyo: Akashi Shoten.

Selective Journal Articles
“Gei, onee, Nyūhaafu no kotoba: Danseigo to joseigo no aida (Language of gay, onee, nyū
haafu: Between men’s and women’s language).” Nihongogaku, Vol.33 (1): 44-59 (2014).

“Sawato Midori’s Reinterpretation of Taki no Shiraito: Overperforming of Gender and Power.”
Japanese Language and Literature, Vol. 46 (2): 261-298 (2012).

“Power Negotiation between Japanese Females and Males,” International Journal of
Intercultural Communication Studies (1999): 53-70.

“From Stereotype to Context: The Study of Japanese Women’s Speech,” Feminist Studies Vol.
21, Number 3 (Fall 1995): 647-671.

“Gender in Sentence-Final Particles,” Joseigaku Nenpō [The Journal of Women’s Studies] No. 15
(October 1994): 108-117.

“The Development of Female Speech in Japanese,” Proceedings of the Western Conference On
Linguistics (October l989): 1-12.

“English as an Official Language: Problems and Implications,” Eigo Kyōiku [English Education]
Taishūkan. (October 1988): 42-45.

“A Study of Sexism in ESL Textbooks Used in Japan (IV): Analysis II,” Eigo Kyōiku [English
Education] Taishūkan. (May 1988): 38-41.

“A Study of Sexism in ESL Textbooks Used in Japan (III): Analysis I,” Eigo Kyōiku [English
Education] Taishūkan. (April 1988): 40-43.

“A Study of Sexism in ESL Textbooks Used in Japan (II): The Problem of He/Man,” Eigo Kyōiku
[English Education] Taishūkan. (March 1988): 38-41.

“A Study of Sexism in ESL Textbooks Used in Japan (I): The Characteristics of Female Speech
and Its Image,” Eigo Kyōiku [English Education] Taishūkan. (February 1988): 30-33.

“Japanese Students and the Learning of English: Cultural and Other Sources of Frustration,”
Rocky Mountain Regional TESOL ‘85: A Collection of Papers (October 1985): 24-33. Co-written with Mary Livingstone.


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