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Matthew McNicoll


Matthew F. McNicoll grew up in Minnesota in a family that hosted several exchange students from various countries around the world. Clearly a catalyst for Matt’s penchant of languages, he studied Spanish throughout high school, and upon his acceptance to become a Rotary exchange student, he started learning Japanese during his senior year. He spent the following year in Izumo, Japan, as an exchange student attending a Japanese high school and living with two host families. After receiving his BA in Japanese from the University of Minnesota, he lived and worked in Japan for eight years. He then moved to Oahu in Hawai’i and earned a Master’s degree in Japanese Language, with a specialization in Japanese Historical Linguistics, at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. During his doctoral studies at Hawai’i, he was awarded a scholarship for one year as a researcher in the Visiting Researcher Program at Kokugakuin University in Tokyo, Japan. Matt then taught Japanese language for five years as an instructor at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Matt’s area of research is Old Japanese (7th~9th centuries, AD), particularly Old Japanese prose contained in Senmyō (Japanese Imperial Edicts). In addition to Japanese, his academic interests include the languages and cultures of Okinawa, Ainu, Chinese, and Korea.

At Belmont, Matt teaches courses in First-Year Seminar, Asian Studies, and Japanese language.