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Shigeru Miyagawa

Kochi Prefecture - John Manjiro Professor of Japanese Language and Culture, 1995 - present

Kochi Prefecture - John Manjiro Professor of Japanese Language and Culture, 1995 - present

Shigeru Miyagawa
Kochi Prefecture - John Manjiro Professor of Japanese Language and Culture, 1995 - present
Professor of Linguistics
Section Head, Foreign Languages and Literatures
Housemaster, East Campus 1994–1996

An internationally renowned linguist and champion of multiculturalism, Shigeru Miyagawa’s research focuses on syntactic theory, argument structure, and East Asian and Altaic linguistics. Born in Japan, Professor Mayagawa has been at the forefront of some of MIT’s most innovative educational activities, including OpenCourseWare, StarFestival, the Japanese Language and Culture Network, the OpenAfrica project, and Visualizing Cultures. 

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Beginnings of OpenCourseWare at MIT.
  • Creating an interactive website to help bilingual, bicultural people growing up in the US and Japan, now used in more than 100 schools.
  • Moving the entire MIT Japanese language program to the web.
  • Authoring the Visualizing Cultures website, which uses technology to help students visualize the past.
  • Winning the Irwin Sizer Award for the most significant improvement to MIT education.

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