Lecturer in Japanese Studies, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
I am a lecturer in Sociolinguistics/Applied Linguistics and Japanese at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. My main research interests are computer mediated communication (CMC), applied linguistics and sociolinguistics, particularly in the Japanese context.
My upcoming monograph “Online Communication in a Second Language: Social Interaction, Language Use, and Learning Japanese” will be published by Multilingual Matters in October this year.
I have been interviewed for articles in The Age newspaper and the online magazine Smallust, and am available for comment on matters concerning internet technology, computer mediated communication (including blogs, social networking, text messaging etc) and foreign language education or second language acquisition. Please see my website, www.sarahpasfieldneofitou.com for more information.
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- With the rapid development and spread of mobile technologies, our methods of accessing information and engaging with and learning from the world around us is changing. This week only, see my presentation at the Technology and Society conference. Currently, there is some emphasis on creating mobile accessible content in the higher education sector, in recognition of ... Read more
- The PLE (Personal Learning Environment) Conference 2013 Call for Papers is now out! “The Personal Learning Environment Conference is an international scientific conference taking place annually, each time in a different city. Following the highly successful events in Barcelona in Spain 2010, in Southampton, UK in 2011 and the parallel events in 2012 in Aveiro, Portugal and Melbourne, Australia, ... Read more
- Following the recent publication of Online Communication in a Second Language I was asked by Multilingual Matters to explain the importance of online communication in language learning. The inspiration to research learners’ uses of online communication in a second language outside of the classroom came from my own experiences of using email, chat, forums, and other ... Read more
- Book PublicationMy monograph “Online Communication in a Second Language: Social interaction, language use, and learning Japanese” has now been published by Multilingual Matters. Visit the Multilingual Matters website for a 20% discount! Online Communication in a Second Language examines the use of social computer mediated communication (CMC) with speakers of Japanese via longitudinal case studies of up ... Read more
- Online Communication in a Second LanguageMy forthcoming book, “Online Communication in a Second Language: Social Interaction, Language Use, and Learning Japanese” will be published by Multilingual Matters in October. “Online Communication in a Second Language examines the use of social computer mediated communication (CMC) with speakers of Japanese via longitudinal case studies of up to four years. Through the analysis of ... Read more
- Open to New Ideas“Two Monash academics trialled OpenClass in their units in semester one this year—Associate Professor Ramesh Rajan in his Physiology honours class, and Dr Sarah Pasfield-Neofitou in her undergraduate Japanese Studies class. “Despite the technical difficulties we encountered, OpenClass appears to have potential and represents a reconceptualisation of the traditional LMS,” Dr Pasfield-Neofitou said.” – read the ... Read more
- Smallust“This week’s interview with linguistics expert Sarah Pasﬁeld-Neoﬁtou discusses how chat room slang and acronyms are fast becoming language varieties in their own right. “It is possible to analyse internet language as you would any other form of communication because it is a natural language, it is created by humans – just because it’s carried out by a machine doesn’t ... Read more
- The Age“Monash University PhD student Sarah Pasfield-Neofitou has made a study of the linguistics of new communication forms. Because of her language speciality of Japanese she has taken a particular interest in the evolution of Japanese and western emoticons. “Emoticons are also used in emails and chat rooms because these forms of electronic communications lack the emotional ... Read more