Dr Masaki Shibata

Dr Masaki Shibata
 Position Lecturer
 Org Unit Asian Studies
 Email masaki.shibata@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 0911
 Location Floor/Room 6 37 ,  Kenneth Wills ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Masaki Shibata was awarded his Ph.D at UNSW, Sydney. His doctoral thesis explores linguistic resources which Japanese speakers use to negotiate their arguments/propositions, drawing on the Systemic Functional Linguistics theory. Based on his analytical framework, he explores how Japanese speakers/writers negotiate their arguments in political and media discourse.

    He started his teaching career in tertiary education in 2014. He has coordinated and taught Japanese language at Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology in the U.S. After moving to Australia for his doctoral study, he coordinated and taught intercultural communication and Japanese language at Macquarie University (2016-2018), Japanese language (beginner, intermediate, and advanced Japanese) at The University of Sydney (2018-2019). In 2020 he started his career at The University of Adelaide teaching Japanese language for beginner levels (Japanese 1A/Japanese 1B). He looks forward to supervising postgraduate students for linguistics studies (pragmatics/semiotics/critical discourse analysis). 


  • Qualifications

    • Doctor of Philosophy in Arts and Media

    University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW. December 2018
    Thesis title: Exploring the resources of stance and dialogic positioning in Japanese


    • Masters in Teaching English as a second language (TESOL) and Applied Linguistics
    Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia, U.S.A. May 2013
    Thesis title: A Contrastive Systemic Functional Analysis of Causality in Japanese and English Academic Articles


    • Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education
    Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka, Japan, March 2009
    Received the Japanese Secondary Education Licence (Subject: English)

  • Research Interests

    He is interested in exploring linguistic differences in political and media discourse between different languages. He explores linguistic options for negotiation in Japanese drawing on the Appraisal Framework (Systemic Functional Linguistics) for his doctoral thesis.

    He has analysed how Japanese speakers use reported speech to enhance their own argument and suppress an opposing point of view. This study reveals differences in linguistic resources (lexico-grammatical resources) between Japanese and English languages.

    Previously, he has analysed the discourse of a Japanese politician who was called "Japanese Donald Trump" by the Japan Times (media organisation). He examined how the speaker deploys evaluative languages to demonstrate his power against other politicians.

    In addition to these studies, he has examined the use of reported speech in the political debate (i.e.who is cited by who and how they are cited). This study showed that less popular the political party is, more they cite professional voices (e.g. quoting a Supreme Court Judge).

    Currently, he is examining the media representations of whaling in Japanese and Australian news articles. This study appears to show that both Japanese and Australian media use emotive and persuasive language for or against whaling. However, they use different linguistic resources to persuade their readers. 


  • Publications

    Shibata, M. (2017). Hashimoto Toru no Tooron ni okeru negoshieeshon: Naze kare wa “Hitler” “Donald Trump” nado to yobareru no ka, Kotoba to Moji (7), 25-35

    Shibata, M. (2018) Why is Toru Hashimoto called “a Japanese version of Trump” or “Hitler”? : Linguistic examination of the Hashimoto’s attack on his opponents, Japanese Journal of Political Science 19 (1), 23-40.

    Shibata, M. (2020) “Why do politicians cite others in political debates?: A Functional analysis of reported speech in a Japanese political debate”. Journal of Language and politics 19 (4), 604-623): https://doi.org/10.1075/jlp.19061.shi


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