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Fairbrother Lisa

NameFairbrother Lisa
AffiliationSophia University
SectionFaculty of Foreign Studies, Department of English Studies
Job titleProfessor
DegreeB.A.(Oxford University), 学士(文学)(オックスフォード大学), Master of Arts(Chiba University), Doctor of Philosophy(Chiba University)
Research funding number10365687
J-Global ID200901055217116187


My main research interests are:
Language Management in Intercultural Contact Situations
Discourse Analysis
Applied Linguistics
Second Language Education
English Language Education
Intercultural Interaction(Subject of research)
The management of language and power in intercultural contact situations in Japan
Factors governing the noting of deviations in contact situations
The acutal use of English in English as a Lingua Franca situations
Conflict in contact situations
Interaction management during study abroad

Research Interests

contact situations ,実際使用場面 ,noting ,English as a lingua franca ,conflict ,discourse analysis ,interactions during study abroad ,contact situations ,communication situations ,norms ,power ,interaction management ,language management ,plurilingual speakers in the workplace

Research Areas

  • Humanities & social sciences / Japanese linguistics / 
  • Humanities & social sciences / English linguistics / 
  • Humanities & social sciences / Foreign language education / 
  • Humanities & social sciences / Linguistics / 


Jun 2023
Sophia University, Faculty of Foreign Studies, 2023 Incentive grant for the dissemination of research results
Dec 2022
Sophia University, 「学生が選ぶGood practice」award,English Skills A-1 2022
Jun 2022
Sophia University, Faculty of Foreign Studies, 2022年度個人研究成果発信奨励費,Integrating macro and micro perspectives of language management
Sep 2001
Munemasa Tokugawa Prize (The Japanese Association of Sociolinguistic Sciences)


Lisa Fairbrother   
The Japanese Journal of Language in Society   18(1) 162-175   Sep 2015   [Refereed]
Despite the large number of foreign companies operating in Japan, which employ speakers of many different languages, very little research has been conducted on the actual language practices in multilingual workplaces in Japan. Based on semi-struct...
Lisa Fairbrother   
International Journal of the Sociology of Language   2015(232) 59-78   Mar 2015   [Refereed][Invited]
This article examines how participants in intercultural contact situations in Japan manage deviations relating to language and power in their daily life interactions. Based on the management summaries of eight plurilingual residents of Japan, this...
Lisa Fairbrother   
International Journal of the Sociology of Language   2015(232) 177-180   Mar 2015   [Invited]
Lisa Fairbrother   
SLOVO A SLOVESNOST   76(4) 308-310   2015   
Lisa Fairbrother   Hiroko Aikawa   
Language use and language attititude in contact situations. Language management in contact situations Vol.11   11 117-129   Feb 2014   
Although the stage of evaluation is the central component of language management theory, determining whether a deviation will become a problem or not and hence whether an adjustment should be made or not, it has been given relatively little attent...

Books and Other Publications

Marek Nekula, Tamah Sherman, Halina Zawiszova(Part:Joint author, Interests and power in English education policy in Japan: A focus on the high school 'Teaching/Learning English in English' policy, pp.237-265)
Peter Lang   2022   (ISBN:9783631860618)
Stephanie Ann Houghton, Jeremie Bouchard(Part:Joint author, Native-Speakerism and Nihonjinron in Japanese Higher Education Policy and Related Hiring Practices: A Focus on the Japanese ‘Top Global Universities’ Project, pp. 47-68)
Springer   Nov 2020   


Graham Mackenzie   Lisa Fairbrother   Satoshi Kawanishi   Aiko Minematsu   Saran Shiroza   Jim McKinley   Chantal Henmi   
Start-up Sophia 2022   21 Sep 2022   [Invited]
Lisa Fairbrother   Goro Christoph Kimura   
International Conference on Sociolinguistics 3   22 Aug 2022   
Lisa Fairbrother   
The 7th International Language Management Symposium   31 Aug 2021   
フェアブラザー リサ   
多言語社会と言語問題シンポジウム2020-2021 (言語管理研究会)   6 Mar 2021   [Invited]

Professional Memberships

Sep 2022
The British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL)
Apr 2022
The Japan Association of College English Teachers
International Pragmatics Association
The Japanese Association of Sociolinguistic Sciences

Research Projects

Towards internationalization of graduate education: Nurturing graduate students via mentorship
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)
Project Year: Apr 2011 - Mar 2016

Social Activities



This graduate course encourages students to apply discourse analysis and sociolinguistics findings into English education course design. By examining examples of real communication between native and non-native speakers we try to pinpoint the causes of sociolinguistic and intercultural interaction problems and think of ways to address these problems through language education.
In this seminar students are expected to conduct actual sociolinguistic research. After studying methodological issues, students conduct their own research projects in areas as diverse as discourse analysis, language learning and intercultural interaction. Students collect their own data via video and audio recordings, partipant observation or interview and analyse their results in accordance with the theories that we have studied in class.