Nozomi Tanaka, Ph.D.


Hello and thank you for visiting my page!

I am an assistant professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC) at Indiana University. I am also affiliated with Department of Linguistics, Cognitive Science Program, and Southeast Asian and ASEAN Studies Program. I have a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and a master’s from the University of Pittsburgh. My pronouns are she/her.

I am a linguist specialized in language acquisition and experimental linguistics. My research and teaching interests include the following:

  • First Language Acquisition
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Language Maintenance & Conservation
  • Heritage Languages
  • Endangered Languages
  • Minority Languages
  • Experimental Morphosyntax
  • Corpus Linguistics

I am interested in and familiar with many languages of Asia and the Pacific, particularly Austronesian languages and Japonic languages. I have studied whether some of the grammatical patterns we find in these languages (e.g., relative clause asymmetries, islands) can be explained in terms of processing factors and input characteristics. I am also in using findings from acquisition research to facilitate language maintenance and conservation in endangered and heritage language contexts. Some of my recent research topics are below:

  • Cross-linguistic investigation of relative clauses (Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Tagalog)
  • Island effects in Japanese complex NPs
  • Language loss, maintenance, and conservation (Heritage Tagalog, Yoron-Ryukyuan)
  • Estimation of cue strengths in corpora (Mandarin Chinese, Japanese)
  • Studies on Tagalog morphosyntax
  • Structural probabilities in speech production (Japanese)

For more information about my research, please visit the Research section.

Please feel free to email me if you are interested in working with me as an undergraduate or a graduate student at Indiana University. Prospective students are encouraged to pursue a Master’s in Japanese or Japanese Language Pedagogy or a PhD in Japanese in EALC. If you are a PhD student in another department at Indiana University, you can also pursue a PhD minor in Japanese.


tanakan [at] indiana [dot] edu


355 N. Jordan Avenue
Global and International Studies Building 2043
Bloomington, IN 47405