Dr Masaki Shibata


School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.

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. 

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2020 Shibata, M. (2020). Why do politicians cite others in political debates?. Journal of Language and Politics, 19(4), 604-623.
    2018 Shibata, M. (2018). Why is Toru Hashimoto Called ‘a Japanese version of Trump’ or ‘Hitler’? A Linguistic Examination of Hashimoto's Attack on His Opponents. Japanese Journal of Political Science, 19(01), 23-40.
    DOI Scopus1

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) and advance level (Japanese IIIA). He looks forward to supervising postgraduate students for linguistics studies (pragmatics/semiotics/critical discourse analysis). 

  • Position: Lecturer
  • Phone: 83130911
  • Email: masaki.shibata@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Kenneth Wills, floor 6
  • Room: 6 37
  • Org Unit: Asian Studies

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