Asia-Pacific Language Learning & Experimentation (APLLE) Lab

Asia-Pacific Language Learning & Experimentation (APLLE) Lab is an experimental and pedagogical linguistics lab directed by Prof. Nozomi Tanaka in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Indiana University. We have lab space in Global & International Studies Building 2049, which can be used for running behavioral and eye-tracking experiments and meetings.

Lab Equipment

  • EyeLink Portable Duo eye-tracker
  • Dell OptiPlex 790 work station with E-Prime installed
  • Zoom H2n Handheld Recorders

Lab Reservation

If you need to use GA 2049 for an experiment or a meeting, please email aplle [at] indiana [dot] edu. We can either reserve a slot for you or give you access to the lab calendar.

Prospective Students

We are currently looking for lab members who are interested in quantitative approach to languages of Asia and the Pacific, including:

  • Experimental approaches to (first/second/heritage) language acquisition/learning and language pedagogy
  • Linguistic approaches to language pedagogy
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Field psycholinguistics
  • Experimental investigation of minority and endangered languages

If you are interested in becoming a lab member, please contact Prof. Nozomi Tanaka at tanakan [at] indiana [dot] edu

We have another experimental linguistics lab in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures: Prof. Charles Lin’s Language and Cognition Lab (LaCL).

Lab Monitor

Jillian Clark

Hello! My name is Jillian Clark, and I am a graduate student working towards my MA in Japanese. I am from California, but I have a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from Baylor University in Texas. My research interests include applied linguistics, psycholinguistics, and second language acquisition. Outside of academics, I enjoy reading and collecting tea.

Research Assistants

Alina Matthews

Alina Matthews is a recent Indiana University alumna, where she studied Linguistics and Second Language Studies. During her time as an undergraduate student, she engaged in multiple research projects and opportunities. She primarily focused on Lutuv (also known as Lautu), exploring the determiner system of the language and aiding in literacy efforts with the Chin Languages Research Project. Both as a student and currently, she works with Professor Tanaka as a research assistant extracting pertinent information on relative clause studies. Alina aspires to attend graduate school to pursue Linguistics in the near future.

Kent Meinert

I am an undergraduate student studying Linguistics and Cognitive Science. I aspire to use different methods and perspectives to interact with the cognitive reality of language. I’m particularly interested in cross-linguistic approaches, psychological/neurological methods of inquiry, and the language experience for different populations (children, adults, individuals with language impairment, etc.). Additionally, I value the fundamental role of language in culture, for this reason I am passionate about language conservation. When not studying topics related to cognitive science, I usually spend my time reading, drinking tea, and going on long walks.

Miguel Roman

Miguel Roman is a Ph.D. student of Hispanic Linguistics. He obtained a dual B.A. in Linguistics and Foreign Languages (Spanish / Japanese) and a dual M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics and Brazilian Literature from the University of New Mexico. His research interests include second language and heritage language acquisition, sociolinguistics, semantic change, and multilingualism in the context of heritage Japanese, Spanish and Portuguese in Latin America and Japan.

Anna Trautmann

My name is Anna Trautmann, and I am a Filipino French American sophomore studying Law and Public Policy & French. I am passionate about the legal system, advocacy towards human rights, and languages, particularly “dialects” from the Philippines. During my free time, I enjoy running (I am currently training for a marathon!), taking care of my plants and my bunny, and learning more about my Filipino heritage. 

Discussion Group

Multilingual Japan Discussion Group

This group is a space for students teaching and researching languages of Japan (Japanese as well as other indigenous and minority languages spoken/signed in Japan) to present their incomplete, in-progress teaching/research ideas and get feedback from peers. This group will be a welcome space for any projects/ideas that are not polished and would benefit from peer/mentor guidance. We welcome projects at all levels, even that idea you’ve just barely started thinking about.

Other sessions will include discussions on various topics of your interests. We can also use these meetings for professional development purposes (e.g., surviving graduate school, looking for an academic job, presenting at a conference, applying for PhD programs), if the time allows and there is enough interest.

In March-April 2023, we meet biweekly on Tuesdays at 9:00 AM via Zoom. If you are interested in being part of the group, please email tanaka [at] indiana [dot] edu.