Helen Marriott

Assoc Professor

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I originally commenced studying Japanese when in my third year at Monash University, just to do something interesting to finish off my degree. This selection was partly triggered by a trip to Japan during the previous summer holidays and subsequently led me to becoming captivated by an entirely new language and culture.

After graduating with Honours and Diploma of Education, I taught Japanese at Swinburne Institute of Technology (now University) while continuing postgraduate studies at Monash. I completed a Masters in Education as well an MA in which I focussed on the communicative competence of Japanese women living in Melbourne. I then extended this interest in sociolinguistics and language acquisition and use in my PhD where I investigated Australian-Japanese business interaction.

Since joining the staff of Monash University in 1988, I have taught various subjects at the undergraduate and graduate level, mostly relating to sociolinguistics, intercultural communication and language contact, and I also extended my PhD research on Japanese-English communication and interaction in the business domain to examine aspects of interaction between Australians and Japanese in the tourism sector. Some years ago I developed a research interest in in-country study and study abroad, mainly encompassing Australian secondary students in Japan and, more recently, Japanese tertiary students in Australia. I remain especially interested in the acquisition of academic literacy by L2 students and recently have adopted a language planning perspective, as a complement to the language management approach, in my research.

Leisure time seems to be quite scarce, but I enjoy gardening (especially growing clivias) .

Research Output 1997 2015

The management of academic discourse acquisition

Marriott, H. E., 2015, In : International Journal of the Sociology of Language. 2015, 232, p. 103 - 119 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Multilingualism among university staff: A case study of language management at an Australian university

Marriott, H. E., 2013, In : The International Journal of Multilingualism. 10, 4, p. 454 - 468 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Language management in intercultural business networks: Investigating the process of noting

Marriott, H. E., 2012, In : Journal of Asian Pacific Communication. 22, 2, p. 195 - 212 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Oosutoraria no daigaku ni okeru nihomgo to nihonkenkyuu norenkei - riisaachi no kooken

Marriott, H., 2010, Bridging the Gap between Japanese Language Education and Japanese Studies: Towards Content-based Foreign Language Teaching and Learning. Thomson, C. K. & Makino, S. (eds.). Tokyo, Japan: Coco Shuppan, p. 145 - 157 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Japanese speakers' management of transference behaviour in an Australian context

Marriott, H. E., 2009, Language Management in Contact Situations: Perspectives from Three Continents. Nekvapil, J., Sherman, T. & Language, P. K. (eds.). Bern Switzerland: Peter Lang Publishing, p. 169 - 184 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review