Nozomi Tanaka

Research

My research goal is to understand the grammar of languages in a way that is informed by classic methods of consultant judgments and speech samples, as well as through the analysis of corpora and the use of psycholinguistic methods. A major part of my work is concerned with how different populations―child first language learners, child and adult second language learners, and the impaired—acquire the features of typologically different languages. I have also been working on the development of different kinds of elicitation materials that can be used for experimentation and documentation. While continuing my current research on Japanese and Tagalog, I also hope to work on other languages of Asia and the Pacific, including the Ryukyuan languages.


Dissertation

  • An asymmetry in the acquisition of Tagalog relative clauses [PDF]

Publications

  • Bondoc, I. P., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., & Tanaka, N. (in press). Agrammatism in Tagalog: Voice and relativisation. Aphasiology.

Conference Proceedings

  • Tanaka, N., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., Kim, C.-E., Hattori, R., Bondoc, I. P. M., & Soriano, J. U. (2016). An agent advantage in Tagalog relative clause comprehension. In H. Hsieh (Ed.), AFLA 22: The Proceedings of the 22nd Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (pp. 191‒202). Canberra: Asia-Pacific Linguistics. [PDF]
  • Tanaka, N., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., Kim, C.-E., Hattori, R., Bondoc, I. P. M., & Soriano, J. U. (2015). Split focus preferences in Tagalog: Evidence from child language. In A. Camp, Y. Otsuka, C. Stabile, & N. Tanaka (Eds.), AFLA 21: The Proceedings of the 21st Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (pp. 279‒288). Canberra: Asia-Pacific Linguistics. [PDF]
  • Tanaka, N., & Shirai, Y. (2014). L1 acquisition of Japanese transitive verbs: How do children acquire grammar in the absence of clear evidence? In S. Nam, H. Ko, & J. Jun (Eds.), Japanese/Korean Linguistics (Vol. 21) (pp. 281-295). Stanford, CA: CSLI. [PDF]
  • Tanaka, N., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., Kim, C.-E., Hattori, R., Bondoc, I. P. M., & Soriano, J. U. (2014). Acquisition of Tagalog relative clauses. In W. Orman & M. J. Valleau (Eds.), BUCLD 38: Proceedings of the 38th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (Vol.2) (pp. 463‒470). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Edited Volume

  • Camp, A., Otsuka, Y., Stabile, C., & Tanaka, N. (2016). AFLA 21: Proceedings of the 21st Annual Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association. Canberra: Asia-Pacific Linguistics. Available at http://hdl.handle.net/1885/95329

Selected Conference Presentations

  • Tanaka, N., & Schwartz, B. D. (2017). 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 Women’s University, Kyoto, Japan. July 1. [Handout]
  • Tanaka, N., & Schwartz, B. D. (2017). 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), Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. June 3.
  • Tanaka, N., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., Bondoc, I. P. M., & Soriano, J. U. (2016). 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 University, Boston, MA. November 4. [Poster]
  • Otsuka, Y., & Tanaka, N. (2016). Tagalog oblique relative clauses. Paper presented at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA 23), Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo, Japan. June 10. [Handout]
  • Tanaka, N., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., Kim, C.-E., Hattori, R., Bondoc, I. P. M., & Soriano, J. U. (2015). Relative clause asymmetry: The case of Tagalog. Paper presented at the 13th International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics (13-ICAL), Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. July 21.
  • Tanaka, N., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., Kim, C.-E., Hattori, R., Bondoc, I. P. M., & Soriano, J. U. (2015). An agent advantage in Tagalog relative clause comprehension. Paper presented at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA 22), McGill University, Montreal, Canada. May 22. [Proceedings Paper]
  • Tanaka, N., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., Kim, C.-E., Hattori, R., Bondoc, I. P. M., & Soriano, J. U. (2014). Acquisition of Tagalog focus system. Paper presented at the 16th Annual International Conference of the Japanese Society for Language Sciences (JSLS2014), Bunkyo University, Saitama, Japan. June 28. 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). Split focus preferences in Tagalog: Evidence from child language. Paper presented at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA 21), University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI. May 23. [Proceedings Paper]
  • Tanaka, N., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., Kim, C.-E., Hattori, R., Bondoc, I. P. M., & Soriano, J. U. (2013). Acquisition of Tagalog relative clauses. Paper presented at the 38th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD 38), Boston University, Boston, MA. November 2. Received the Paula Menyuk Travel Award.
  • Tanaka, N. (2012). 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, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines. August 4.
  • Tanaka, N., & Shirai, Y. (2011). L1 acquisition of Japanese transitive verbs: How do children acquire grammar in the absence of clear evidence? Paper presented at the 21st Japanese/Korean Linguistics Conferences (JK21), Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. October 20. [Proceedings Paper]

Selected Talks

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Research 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.
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