Prospective Students

I welcome students interested in language learning, experimental linguistics, and/or language pedagogy. Please feel free to email me if you are interested in working with me as an undergraduate or graduate student at IU or join my lab.

Prospective students are encouraged to pursue a Master’s in Japanese or Japanese Language Pedagogy or a PhD in Japanese in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Indiana University. See below for more about pursuing a PhD in EALC. You can also apply to work with me through IU’s Department of Linguistics or Cognitive Science Program. If you are a PhD student in another department at Indiana University, you have an option to do a PhD minor in Japanese.

The School of Global and International Studies (SGIS) Building is pictured on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, on the Indiana University Bloomington campus.

Experimental East Asian Linguistics at IU

Within the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC) at Indiana University, we welcome PhD students who have background in linguistics, cognitive sciences, psychology, or East Asian studies, and are interested in using experimental and corpus methods to study the psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, and acquisition of East Asian languages. EALC houses two experimental linguistics labs: the Language and Cognition Lab and the Asia-Pacific Language Learning and Experimentation Lab. Students have access to an Eyelink eye-tracker and an EEG lab, in addition to other computation equipment for behavioral measures.

Graduate students in EALC build their academic foundation through courses offered in EALC, General/Computational Linguistics, Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Second Language Studies at Indiana University. Admitted students will join the vibrant community of language scientists at Indiana University, made of faculty and students from various departments on campus. Interested applicants should contact Prof. Charles Lin (chiclin [at] indiana [dot] edu) or myself (tanakan [at] indiana [dot] edu) for further information.


We offer five-year funding packages, which include two years of PhD fellowships and three years of assistantships. These packages are awarded to the top PhD applicants on a competitive basis. The funding typically includes tuition remissions, a monthly stipend, and health insurance. Students receive additional academic training through being Associate Instructors of Chinese/Japanese language courses or content courses.