search/admin/spider_custom.php search/search.php fellowship_survey/survey.php Fellow Follow-up Survey Details - Ann Kathryn WEHMEYER

DF (1979), RF (1993)

Fellow Information:
First Name
Ann Kathryn
Middle Name
Last Name
WEHMEYER (changed from WEHMAYER)
University of Florida
Contact Address:
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Address 1
Dept. of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
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PO Box 115565
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United States
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1. Are you enaged in Japanese Studies?

Answer: A. Yes, I am engaged in Japanese Studies at a university or research institution.

Field of Study: Language & Linguistics

2. Please describe what you are currently doing. (If you have your own website or any relevant site, provide its URL.)

Answer: I have recently completed an English language translation of Tsubota Joji's "Nihon mukashi-banashi shuu 1-3" (Japanese Folktales, 3 volumes), and am seeking a publisher. I am now translating the cartouche texts in the "Tokaido gojuusan tsui" prints series (55 prints by Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi, and Kunisada, the "Parallel Tokaido") for a digital print archive to be hosted by the Harn Museum at the University of Florida. I will also provide notes on the subject matter of the prints. This series has not received much previous scholarly attention. These projects are related to one of the courses that I teach, "Japanese Folklore." In linguistics work, I am analyzing innovative categories of mimetic words, with a view to their incorporation into grammatical theory and Japanese language instruction.

3. Where did you acquire your most advanced Japanese language training for your research?

Answer: A. I learned it at a university. (University of Michigan, Hiroshima University)

4. Have you ever participated in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme?

Answer: NO

5. Have you earned a doctoral degree?

Answer: YES
Year: 1987
Field: Language & Linguistics
University: University of Michigan

Optional Inquiry:
1. Please describe briefly how the Japan Foundation Fellowship experience influenced your career.

Answer: 1. The dissertation fellowship I received in 1980 allowed me to study at Hiroshima University, and obtain training in gathering data from Japanese dialects. It enabled me to conduct fieldwork in Funo Village, and record the voices of speakers of that dialect. From those speakers I learned not only about language use, but also much about rural life and culture. The experience was invaluable. My thesis was completed in 1987, and I have since published on regional speech and its representation. 2. The fellowship I received in 1993 allowed me to study kokugaku and Buddhist philosophy at Saitama University. This period of study significantly informed my understanding of the linguistic thought of Motoori Norinaga and his contempories. I have published a number of studies and translations since that time. I could not have completed such works without this study in Japan, and the opportunity to work with leading scholars.

2. The Japan Foundation is planning to create a network or forum among past Japan Foundation fellows. Please let us know if you have any suggestions in terms of themes, format, etc.