Naoko Nemoto

Associate Professor of Japanese, Chair of Asian Studies

116 Ciruti Center


  • University of Connecticut, Ph.D.
  • Ohio State University, M.A.
  • West Virginia University, B.A.

Joined MHC: 1997

Specialization:Linguistics; Japanese language

Naoko Nemoto's research interests include syntax, semantics, comparative linguistics, and language pedagogy. Nemoto contributed a chapter entitled "Scrambling" to The Handbook of Japanese Linguistics (Blackwell Publishers, 1999), based on her Ph.D. dissertation. Her more recent research interests include numbers (for example, the singular/plural distinction) in East Asian languages and her article " On Mass Denotations of Bare Nouns in Japanese and Korean" published in Linguistics in 2005.

In 2002 and 2003, Nemoto received a fellowship from the National Resource Center for East Asia at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and participated in the National Foreign Language Resource Center's summer institute, Pragmatics in the Japanese as a Foreign Language Classroom and conducted a three-hour workshop on the topic in June 2006 at the Conference on Pragmatics in the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Classrooms, which was hosted by the National Foreign Language Resource Center, University of Hawaii, Manoa.

In 2007, she published a paper based upon her presentation from the National Foreign Language Resource Center.

At Mount Holyoke College, Nemoto teaches first- and second-year Japanese courses and directs the Japanese Language Program. She has also served on the board of the Associated Kyoto Program, Mount Holyoke's official study abroad program in Japan, and served as AKP Resident Director during 2005-6 Year in Kyoto, Japan. She has also taught summer intensive Japanese language courses in Japan for ICU, Tokyo, Japan, and Princeton-in-Ishikawa, Kanazawa, Japan.

Before coming to Mount Holyoke, Nemoto was an assistant professor at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Nemoto's teaching philosophy is to enhance learners' interpersonal and intercultural communication skills via foreign language learning.