My research area primarily concerns language ideologies in pop media. In particular, I am interested in the semiotic construction of characterological figures and their associated speech styles, and how these figures are perceived on the part of the consumer. Below is a collection of my published research and presentations with relation to these topics.

My current topics of interest include: media representations of o-jōsama (‘young lady’) figures, mediatized adolescence and idols, otaku personae, and yuri media.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Dahlberg-Dodd, H. E. (forthcoming). Katakana and the mediatized ‘Other’: Script variation in fantastical narratives. Japanese Studies [special issue].
  • Dahlberg-Dodd, H. E. (2020). O-jōsama kotoba and a stylistics of same-sex desire. In J. Welker (ed.), Mechademia: Second Arc 13.1: Queer(ing): 6-23. DOI:
  • Dahlberg-Dodd, H. E. Script variation as audience design: Imagining readership and community in Japanese yuri comics. Language in Society (First View): 1-22. DOI:
  • Dahlberg-Dodd, H. E. (2019). The author in the post-internet age: Fan works, authorial function, and the archive. Transformative Works and Cultures. DOI:
  • Dahlberg-Dodd, H. E. (2018). Voices of the Hero: Dominant masculine ideologies through the speech of Japanese shōnen protagonists. Gender & Language 12(3): 347-371. DOI:


  • Dahlberg-Dodd, H. E., (2019). Social Meaning in Virtual Space: Sentence-final expressions in the Japanese popular mediascape (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. [PDF]


  • Dahlberg-Dodd, H. E. (forthcoming). On the interaction between Japanese sentence-final particle wa and fundamental frequency: A characterological perspective. In DEALL-50 Anniversary Celebration Volume. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University Knowledge Bank.
  • Dahlberg-Dodd, H. E. (2020). A sociophonetic description of Japanese sentence-final particles wa and yo and their role in character building. In 法政大学国際交流基金による招へい研究員紀要21号 [Hosei University International Fund Foreign Scholars Fellowship Reports vol. 21].
  • Dahlberg-Dodd, H. E. (2018). Talking like a Shōnen Hero: Reframing masculinity in post-bubble era Japan through the lens of boku and ore. Buckeye East Asian Linguistics vol. 3. [Link]
  • [Dahlberg-]Dodd, H. E. (2016). 「ぼく」の世界、「わたし」の世界—ポップ音楽における日本人女性歌手のア イデンティティ流動性—[’My’ World, ‘My’ World: The Identity Fluidity of Female Pop Singers in Japanese Pop Music]. In 役割語とキャラクター言語研究国際ワークショップ報告論集 2015 [Papers from the International Workshop on Role Language and Character Language in 2015], 165-176. [PDF]

Edited Volumes

  • Dahlberg-Dodd, Hannah, Mineharu Nakayama, Marjorie K. M. Chan, and Zhiguo Xie (eds.), Buckeye East Asian Linguistics 4. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University Knowledge Bank. [Link]

Book Reviews

  • Dahlberg-Dodd, H. E. (forthcoming). Review of the book The Language of Feminine Beauty in Russian and Japanese Societies by Natalia Konstantinovskaia. Journal of Asian Pacific Communication. (Invited review)
  • Dahlberg-Dodd, H. E. (2021). Review of the book Gender, Language and Ideology: A genealogy of Japanese women’s language by Momoko Nakamura. Gender and Language 15(1): 1-3 (Online only).
  • Dahlberg-Dodd, H. E. (2019). Review of the book Japanese at Work: Politeness, Power, and Personae in Japanese Workplace Discourse, edited by Haruko Minegishi Cook and Janet S. Shibamoto-Smith. Language in Society 48(1): 151-152. DOI:


  • Dahlberg-Dodd, H. E. (2021, June 22-July 24). Constructing Gendered Personae in Japanese Pop Music: Idol Culture and Artistic Agency. Paper to be presented at the 11th International Gender and Language Association Conference, London, UK. [initially postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic]
  • Dahlberg-Dodd, H. E. (2020, Oct 13-17). Who are we creating for?: Fan works and the imagined audience. With Lindsey Stirek. Poster presented for the 20th Fan Studies Network North America Conference. Virtual.
  • Dahlberg-Dodd, H. E. (2020, March 12-14). Figures of Desire, Figures Desired: A Cross-Genre Analysis of O-jōsama. Paper to be presented at the Kyarachters: On the Other Side of Narrative workshop, Los Angeles, CA, USA. [postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19 pandemic]
  • Dahlberg-Dodd, H. E. (2019, September 27-29). O-jōsama kotoba and same-sex desire in Japanese yuri narratives. Paper presented at Mechademia, Minneapolis, MN, USA.
  • Dahlberg-Dodd, H. E. (2019, March 21). Gendered meta-commentary on sentence-final expression usage: A historical perspective. Paper presented at the American Association of Teachers of Japanese Spring Conference, Denver, CO, USA.
  • Dahlberg-Dodd, H. E. (2019, March 1). Sentence-final expressions in popular media: The interaction of audience design and character role in Japanese manga. Poster presented at the Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum, Columbus, OH, USA.
  • Dahlberg-Dodd, H. E. (2018, October 22). Stylistic variation and mediatized otaku personae: ‘Steins;Gate’ and the Akihabara Chronotope. Poster presented at the 3rd BBuckeye East Asian Linguistics Forum, Columbus, OH, USA.
  • Dahlberg-Dodd, H. E. (2018, April 20-22). Orthographic variation and ”you”: Imagining the readership of Japanese yuri comics. Poster presented at the 25th Lavender Languages and Linguistics Conference, Providence, RI, USA.
  • Dahlberg-Dodd, H. E. (2018, March 28-31). Chronotopic Protagonists: An Examination of Dominant Gender Ideologies through Japanese Shōnen Anime. Paper presented at the 2018 Popular Culture Association National Meeting, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Dahlberg-Dodd, H. E. (2018, March 22-25). Anything for O-neesama: ‘Young Lady-speak’ as a Tool of Same-sex Desire in Japanese Yuri Narratives. Paper presented at the 2018 Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
  • Dodd, H. E. (2017, April 28-30). Constructing the ”Lily Princess”: An initial study into the dialogue of Japanese yuri comics. Paper presented as part of a panel on Japanese Queer Linguistics at the 24th Lavender Languages and Linguistics Conference, Nottingham, UK.
  • Dodd, H. E. (2017, April 7-8). ”Welcome to the Sorority”: Second-person pronouns and the diverse readership of Comic Yuri Hime. Paper presented at the 4th Annual UC Berkeley Japan Studies Graduate Student Conference, Berkeley, California, USA.
  • Dodd, H. E. (2016, October 21). Talking like a Shōnen Hero: A diachronic analysis of Japanese first-person pronouns in anime. Poster presented at the Buckeye East Asian Linguistics Forum 2, Columbus, Ohio, USA. [PDF]
  • Dodd, H. E. (2016, May 19-21). What Makes a Hero?: A diachronic look at the speech qualities of shōnen anime protagonists. Paper presented at the 9th International Gender and Language Association Conference, Hong Kong.
  • Dodd, H. E. (2015, November 15). Tracking social identity perception through pronouns and sentence-final expressions. Paper presented at the 5th DEALL Fall Research Roundtable, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
  • Dodd, H. E. (2015, February 16-17). Identity Navigation by Female Japanese Speakers in Today’s Pop Music. Paper presented at the Role Language and Character Language Research International Workshop, Osaka, Japan.
  • Dodd, H. E. (2014, April 12). Japanese Pronoun Navigation: Gender-inclusive boku in a pop culture context. Paper presented at the 1st OSU Workshop on East Asian Studies, Columbus, Ohio, USA.