Dr Harumi Minagawa

BA (Tsuda), MA, PhD (ANU)


​Dr Harumi Minagawa has taught at The University of Auckland since 2001.

She gained her PhD in Japanese Linguistics from the Australian National University in 2000.

In 2004-5 she was awarded a Teaching Improvement Grant to develop stage I self-accessible online materials.

She has served on numerous School and Faculty committees and undertaken graduate advising duties. She has also previously served as Deputy Head of the School of Asian Studies. 

Research | Current

My research interests so far have been the investigation of how and when the basic semantic divisions pertinent to entities (such as bounded / unbounded, one / more than one, specific / non-specific, known / unknown) are expressed in Japanese. I have embarked on research in the areas of language contact and semantic change. My current projects focus on how subjectivity is expressed in Japanese narratives.

Teaching | Current

JAPANESE 222 Structural Analysis of the Japanese Language

Postgraduate supervision

PhD thesis (main-supervisor): Jun Nakamura "A study of definite expressions in Japanese from the syntactic, semantic and pragmatic points of view".

PhD thesis (main supervisor): Youjin Lee 'A corpus-based sociolinguistic study of modal auuxiliary verbs in Beijin Mandarin'

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Minagawa, H. (2018). Psychological deictic –te kuru compared to passive: The case of victims’ stories in Japanese. Journal of Japanese Linguistics, 34 (1), 23-46. 10.1515/jjl-2018-0003
  • Minagawa, H. (2017). Emerging generation of youth with Japanese ethnic background in Auckland: Their bicultural experiences and identity. New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, 19 (2), 17-38.
  • Minagawa, H. (2017). Fellow language learners as producers of knowledge and understandings: A case of a tertiary Japanese linguistics course. Journal of peer learning, 10, 41-58.
  • Minagawa, H., Ogini, M., Kawai, J., Nesbitt, D., & de Burgh-Hirabe, R. (2016). Why are they learning Japanese? Students’ voices on Japanese education from a tertiary national survey in New Zealand. http://bali-icjle2016.com/proceeding/?pagenum=9 Nusa Dua, Indonesia.
  • Minagawa, H. (2016). Submergence of lexically encoded egocentricity in syntax: the case of subjective emotion predicates in Japanese. Journal of Japanese Linguistics, 32 (1), 5-29. 10.1515/jjl-2016-0102
  • Minagawa, H. (2016). Using a TV drama script in a Japanese linguistics course: Synergies between critical thinking and language learning. In M. Ogino, P. Shino, D. Nesbitt (Eds.) Creating new synergies: Approaches of tertiary Japanese programmes in New Zealand (pp. 189-211). Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University Press.
  • Minagawa, H. (2013). The kono … noni construction: A semantic, syntactic and pragmatic analysis. The Journal of Japanese Linguistics, 29, 3-18.
  • Minagawa, H. (2012). 'Spirituality' Interpreted: A Case of Complex Lexical Borrowing in Japanese. Japanese Studies, 32 (3), 399-421. 10.1080/10371397.2012.740410

Contact details

Office hours

Tuesday 10-11, Wednesday 2-3, 

Primary office location

CLL - Bldg 207
New Zealand