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Dr Kaya Oriyama

Lecturer, Japanese
PhD in Linguistics, University of Sydney, Australia


Kaya Oriyama is a lecturer in Japanese at the Department of Social Sciences at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. Her areas of research are heritage language acquisition and maintenance, Japanese second language acquisition, identity, heritage language education, bilingualism and multilingualism, biliteracy and multilingual literacy, and language policy. Her current research projects include the development and maintenance of Japanese literacy and identity formation among Japanese heritage speakers in Australasia, and childhood trilingual acquisition of Japanese, French, and English.

Research interests

Sociology; Sociolinguistics; Japanese language; Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Language In Culture And Society (sociolinguistics) - 200405
  • Japanese Language - 200312
  • Applied Linguistics And Educational Linguistics - 200401

Teaching areas

Languages: Chinese, Italian and Japanese


Also published as: Oriyama, Kaya; Oriyama, K.
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