Research

My research projects center around the question of how we might be able to explain the grammatical patterns and phenomena we find in language (e.g., islands, relative clause asymmetry) based on the cognitive capacities of our species and the external stimulation we receive during our learning process. To answer this question, I incorporate diverse perspectives in my research, both in terms of populations (e.g., preschool-aged children, second/foreign language learners, aphasic patients, ethnic minorities) and crosslinguistic diversity (Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Tagalog, Yoron-Ryukyuan). I also combine quantitative and qualitative methods (e.g., consultant judgments, corpus analyses, interviews/surveys, experiments in fieldwork and lab settings) to offer multi-faceted view of language. My newest line of research directly tackles the issues of language loss in ethnic minority communities (Yoron-Ryukyuan in Japan; Tagalog heritage speakers in the US).

Publications

The links to the full, published versions are provided for all Open Access articles. For a non-OA article, the PDF of the accepted version is provided, but please feel free to email me to request the published version.

Refereed Journal Articles

Book Chapter

  • Tanaka, N.,& Shirai, Y. (Submitted). Evaluation of cues in L2 Japanese input and output: A Competition Model approach.

Conference Proceedings

Edited Volume

Archived Materials

  • Tanaka, N., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., Kim, C.-E., Hattori, R., Bondoc, I. P. M., & Soriano, J. U. (2016). “Relative clause elicitation pictures.” Nozomi Tanaka Collection. Kaipuleohone: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/42192. Type: language description. Media: image. Access: public. Resource ID: NT1-001.
  • Tanaka, N., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., Kim, C.-E., Hattori, R., Bondoc, I. P. M., & Soriano, J. U. (2016). “Relative clause elicited production task.” Nozomi Tanaka Collection. Kaipuleohone: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/42193. Type: language description. Media: image, audio. Access: public. Resource ID: NT1-002.
  • Tanaka, N., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., Kim, C.-E., Hattori, R., Bondoc, I. P. M., & Soriano, J. U. (2016). “Relative clause comprehension task.” Nozomi Tanaka Collection. Kaipuleohone: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/42194. Type: language description. Media: image. Access: public. Resource ID: NT1-003.
  • Gao, K. & Tanaka, N. (2015). “The cat story.” Katie Gao Collection—Languages of China. Kaipuleohone: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/37486. Type: language description. Media: text. Access: public. Resource ID: KG2-063.

Presentations

Invited Talks

  • Tanaka, N. (2020). Subject preference in Chinese relative clauses: Elicited production data from L1-English learners. Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne. Oct 20.
  • Tanaka, N. (2019). Asymmetries in Tagalog relative clauses: Insights from child language. School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, August 2.
  • Tanaka, N. (2018) An asymmetry in Tagalog relative clauses: Evidence from child language. Department of Linguistics, Southern Illinois University Carbondale. September 21.
  • Tanaka, N. (2018). Island effects in Japanese: Insights from L1 and L2 experimental data. Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. March 16.
  • Tanaka, N. (2017). Subject relative clause advantage in Tagalog: Insights from child language. Department of English and Applied Linguistics, Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education, De La Salle University-Manila. July 21.
  • Tanaka, N. (2017). Ajia no gengo kara manabu gengo no shikumi: Tagarogugo kankēsetsu kenkyū o tōshite [Learning from languages in Asia: Through Tagalog relative clause research]. Institute of Cultural Studies, Chuo University. June 28.
  • Tanaka, N. (2017). Nihongo kankēsetsu ni okeru “shima no sēyaku”: Nihongo bogo washa to nihongo gakushūsha no jikken dēta o motoni [Island constraints in Japanese: Experimental evidence from native and second language speakers]. Department of Languages and Cultures, University of the Ryukyus. June 14.
  • Tanaka, N. (2016). Tagarogugo kankēsetsu de manabu gengo no shikumi / Amerika de no kenkyū seikatsu [Learning how language works through studying Tagalog relative clauses / Research life in America]. Center for Frontier Science, Chiba University. Oct 7.
  • Tanaka, N. (2015). It’s all relative: Experimental approaches to Tagalog relative clauses. The 93rd Anniversary of the University of the Philippines Department of Linguistics. August 13.
  • Tanaka, N. (2014). Relative clause asymmetry: The case of Tagalog. Department of Linguistics, University of the Philippines Diliman. November 11.
  • Tanaka, N. (2013). Language and identity. Center of Applied Psychology Lecture/Workshop Series, De La Salle University-Dasmariñas. August 13.
  • Tanaka, N. (2011). Nihongo daiichi gengo shūtoku ni okeru dōshikōkōzō no shūtoku [L1 acquisition of Japanese verb argument structure]. Department of Behavioral Sciences, Chiba University. July 26.

Conference Presentations

  • Cherici, A., Tanaka, N., & Chang, Y.-Y. (2020, October). Subject preference in L1-English learners’ production of Chinese relative clauses. The 2020 Second Language Research Forum, Nashville, TN.
  • Cherici, A., Chang, Y.-Y., & Tanaka, N. (2020, September). A subject advantage in the production of Chinese relative clauses by L1-English learners. The 32nd North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics, Storrs, CT.
  • Chang, Y.-Y., Cherici, A., & Tanaka, N. (2020, September). Estimating cue strengths in L1 Chinese input and output: A Competition Model approach to corpus data. The 32nd North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics, Storrs, CT.
  • Cherici, A., Chang, Y.-Y., & Tanaka, N. (2019, October). The production of relative clauses by L1-English learners of Chinese. Paper presented at the NINJAL-UHM Linguistics Workshop on Syntax-Semantics Interface, Language Acquisition, and Naturalistic Data Analysis, Honolulu, HI. [Slides]
  • Cherici, A., Chang, Y.-Y., & Tanaka, N. (2019, October). Evaluation of cues in L1 Chinese input and output: A Competition Model approach to corpus data. Poster presented at the NINJAL-UHM Linguistics Workshop on Syntax-Semantics Interface, Language Acquisition, and Naturalistic Data Analysis, Honolulu, HI. [Poster]
  • Tanaka, N., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., & Bondoc, I. P. (2019, September). Comprehension and production of word order and voice in bilingual Tagalog speakers. Poster presented at the 2019 Second Language Research Forum, East Lansing, MI. [Poster]
  • Camp, A. & Tanaka, N. (2019, August). Integration of structural probabilities in speech production: Evidence from Japanese relative clauses. Poster presented at the 19th International Congress of the Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Tanaka, N., & Shirai, Y. (2019, June). Estimating cue strengths based on corpus data: The case of L1 and L2 Japanese. Poster presented at CHILDES, TalkBank, Competition, Emergentism: Honoring the Impact of Brian MacWhinney on Language Research, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Tanaka, N., Chang, Y.-Y., Cherici, A., Frank, M., Li, X., Lin, Y.-L., Wong, V., Wu, Y.-S., Yu, L., Adams, M., Nam, B., & Lidster, R. (2019, June). L1 acquisition of Chinese transitive verb argument structure. Poster presented at CHILDES, TalkBank, Competition, Emergentism: Honoring the Impact of Brian MacWhinney on Language Research, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Bondoc, I. P., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., & Tanaka, N. (2018, July). Deficits in Tagalog speakers with agrammatism on declarative clauses. Paper presented at the Philippine Association of Speech Pathologists Convention 2018 “Transcend: Moving Toward Excellence in Practice,” Taguig City, Philippines.
  • Bondoc, I. P., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., & Tanaka, N. (2018, May). Effects of pronoun case on sentence comprehension among Tagalog-speaking children. Poster presented at the 25th Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Bondoc, I. P., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., & Tanaka, N. (2017, November). Deficits in declarative sentence production and comprehension among Tagalog speakers with agrammatic aphasia. Poster presented at the 2017 American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Tanaka, N., & Schwartz, B. D. (2017, November). Investigating relative clause island effects in native and nonnative adult speakers of Japanese. Poster presented at the 42nd Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD 42), Boston, MA.
  • Bondoc, I. P., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., Tanaka, N., Chua, E. C., de Leon, A. C., & Siscar, J. A. (2017, November). More relativization asymmetries: Children find locative and benefactive relative clauses difficult. Poster presented at the 42nd Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD 42), Boston, MA.
  • Tanaka, N., & Schwartz, B. D. (2017, October). Relative clause island effects: An experimental investigation of native and nonnative Japanese. Poster presented at the 25th Japanese/Korean Linguistics Conference, Honolulu, HI.
  • Tanaka, N., & Schwartz, B. D. (2017, September). An investigation of relative clause island effects in L1 and L2 Japanese. Poster presented at the 27th Annual conference of the European Second Language Association, Reading, UK.
  • Tanaka, N., & Schwartz, B. D. (2017, July). Relative clause island effects in L1 and L2 Japanese. Paper presented at the 19th Annual International Conference of the Japanese Society for Language Sciences (JSLS2017), Kyoto, Japan.
  • Tanaka, N., & Schwartz, B. D. (2017, June). Relative clause island effects in Japanese: Insights from L1 and L2 data. Paper presented at the 11th International Workshop on Theoretical East Asian Linguistics (TEAL-11), Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Tanaka, N., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., Bondoc, I. P. M., & Soriano, J. U. (2016, November). Differential preferences in the acquisition of a symmetrical voice language. Poster presented at the 41st Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD 41), Boston, MA.
  • Otsuka, Y., & Tanaka, N. (2016, June). Tagalog oblique relative clauses. Paper presented at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA 23), Tokyo, Japan. [Handout]
  • Tanaka, N., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., Kim, C.-E., Hattori, R., Bondoc, I. P. M., & Soriano, J. U. (2015, July). Relative clause asymmetry: The case of Tagalog. Paper presented at the 13th International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics (13-ICAL), Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Tanaka, N., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., Kim, C.-E., Hattori, R., Bondoc, I. P. M., & Soriano, J. U. (2015, May). An agent advantage in Tagalog relative clause comprehension. Paper presented at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA 22), Montreal, Canada.
  • Tanaka, N., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., Kim, C.-E., Hattori, R., Bondoc, I. P. M., & Soriano, J. U. (2014, June). Acquisition of Tagalog focus system. Paper presented at the 16th Annual International Conference of the Japanese Society for Language Sciences (JSLS2014), Saitama, Japan. Received the JCHAT Award (Best Paper). [Slides]
  • Tanaka, N., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., Kim, C.-E., Hattori, R., Bondoc, I. P. M., & Soriano, J. U. (2014, May). Split focus preferences in Tagalog: Evidence from child language. Paper presented at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA 21), Honolulu, HI.
  • Tanaka, N., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., Kim, C.-E., Hattori, R., Bondoc, I. P. M., & Soriano, J. U. (2013, November). Acquisition of Tagalog relative clauses. Paper presented at the 38th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD 38), Boston, MA. Received the Paula Menyuk Travel Award.
  • Tanaka, N. (2012, August). Japanese-Filipino youths as an emerging category of language acquisition. Paper presented in the Panel “Migration, Language, and Identity of Transnational Japanese-Filipino Youths” at the 3rd International Conference on Filipino as Global Language, Manila, Philippines.