Dr. Lindsay Yotsukura is the principle advisor and dissertation committee chair for this project. An associate professor of Japanese in the Asian and East European Languages department at the University of Maryland, Prof. Yotsukura also serves as the Director of the Japanese Program and coordinates the Certificate Program in East Asian Studies. She specializes in Japanese linguistics, focusing on cross-cultural pragmatics and discourse analysis from a corpus-linguistic perspective.

Sandhya Bodapati is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Maryland. Ms. Bodapati has an undergraduate degree in Commerce, with a specialization in French that she completed at Osmania University in India, and an M.A. in French from the University of Maryland. Her primary research focuses on French L1 speech acts but her research agenda also includes an investigation into the effects of instruction in French sociopragmatics on L2 learners of the language. Ms. Bodapati has taught French, English and Hindi as foreign/heritage languages and has worked in universities and institutes in the U.S, France, and India.