​Dr. Francis-Ratte is a linguist and scholar of Japanese language. He joined Furman in 2016 after completing his Ph.D. in Japanese at The Ohio State University, where he gained expertise in Japanese linguistics, pre-modern Japanese, and Japanese language pedagogy.

 

Dr.Francis-Ratte's research focuses on the history of the Japanese and Korean languages, targeting stages of these languages before textual evidence and reconstructing hypothetical ancestor languages. His scholarly interests have taken him to Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, including pursuing research on Japanese linguistics in Tokyo, Japan. In the classroom, Dr.Francis-Ratte's course focus on language teaching, Asian languages and linguistics, and pre-modern Japan, helping students to understand the diversity of language and culture in East Asia, as well as the linguistic interconnectedness of Japan, Korea, and China.

 

Name Title Description

AST-270

Languages of Asia

A linguistic introduction to the languages of China, India, and Japan emphasizing the structure of the languages, the divergent writing systems, lexical borrowing and development, language policy, and sociocultural considerations such as class and gender distinctions as well as honorifics.

JPN-110

Elementary Japanese I

Introduction to the sound system and grammatical structures necessary to develop listening and speaking skills in Japanese. Initial reading and writing exercises with some of the basic Japanese characters. An appreciation of Japanese culture underlies the orientation of the course.

JPN-120

Elementary Japanese II

Continuation of work on the sound system and grammatical structures necessary to develop listening and speaking skills in Japanese, including initial reading and writing exercises with some of the basic Japanese characters. An appreciation of Japanese culture underlies the orientation of this course.

JPN-235

Classical Japanese Literature

The development of classical Japanese literature from the seventh century to 1858, when Japan opened its doors to the West. Reading representative texts in English translation in various genres from various periods.

Education
​Ph.D.
Ohio State University

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