Carnegie Mellon University

Joy Maa

Joy Maa

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Education: MA University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Linguistics. BA University of Washington, Japanese and Spanish.


I am a Ph.D. candidate in Second Language Acquisition and Japanese instructor. My research focuses on the acquisition of pragmatics and cultural knowledge and possibilities for advancing L2 instruction in these areas. In my work, I consider the role of learner agency and identity in processes of (second) language socialization. Past and current research topics include L2 pragmatics learning strategies; Japanese speech style, emoji, and orthography in text messaging; gender and sentence-final particles in Japanese; and L2 ideology and discourse. In my ongoing dissertation, I examine L2 pragmatics learning and use in computer-mediated communication among L2 Japanese learners studying abroad.

  • L2 Pragmatics. Language Socialization
  • Japanese as a Foreign Language
  • Study Abroad
  • Computer-Mediated Communication.
  • Introduction to Japanese Language and Culture.
  • Elementary Japanese.
  • Intermediate Japanese
Japanese Government (MEXT/文部科学省) Scholarship (2020-2022)

Maa, J., & Taguchi, N. (Forthcoming). "Using L2 interactional-pragmatic resources in CMC: A case of Japanese orthography and emoji." Language Teaching Research.

Maa, J., & Burns, K.E. (2021). "A tale of two language ideologies: Discursive co-construction of L2 learner identity in Japanese CMC interactions." Foreign Language Annals, 54 (1), 207-232.

Taguchi, N., Tang, X., & Maa, J. (2019). "Learning how to learn pragmatics: Application of self-directed strategies to pragmatics learning in L2 Chinese and Japanese." East Asian Pragmatics, 4(1), 11-36. 

Diao, W. & Maa, J. (2019). "Language socialization and L2 pragmatics." In N. Taguchi (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Pragmatics. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. 

Department Member Since 2017