Nozomi Tanaka



Ph.D.Linguistics, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Dissertation: An asymmetry in the acquisition of Tagalog relative clauses [PDF]
Advanced Graduate Certificate, Second Language Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
M.A., Linguistics, University of Pittsburgh
B.A., Cognitive and Information Sciences, Chiba University


  • Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Indiana University
  • Instructor of Record, Department of Linguistics, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa


  • JCHAT Award (Best Paper) for “Acquisition of Tagalog focus system”, The 16th Annual International Conference of the Japanese Society for Language Sciences, 2014
  • Arts & Sciences Student Research Award, University of Hawai‘i, 2014
  • Paula Menyuk Travel Award for “Acquisition of Tagalog relative clauses”, The 38th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD 38), 2013
  • East-West Center Association Summer Travel Grant, 2012
  • Japan Iron and Steel Federation/Mitsubishi Foundation Graduate Fellowship in Japanese Studies, Asian Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh, 2009–2011
  • Heiwa Nakajima Foundation Fellowship, 2009–2011
  • Ibuka Masaru Memorial Fund Scholarship, 2005–2009

Research Position

  • Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Linguistics, University of the Philippines Diliman (Summer 2014 & 2015)

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL)
  • Member, American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ)
  • Member, American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators, and Directors of Language Programs (AAUSC)
  • Member, Association of Indiana Teachers of Japanese (AITJ)
  • Member, Linguistic Society of America (LSA)


  • Japanese: Native
  • English: Full Professional Proficiency
  • Tagalog: Limited Working Proficiency


For publications and other research outputs, please see Research.