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- Ph.D., University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2016
- Language acquisition
- Second language acquisition
- Heritage languages
- Language processing
- Japanese linguistics
- J 101/102 Elementary Japanese
- J 301/302 Third-Year Japanese
- J 525 Teaching Japanese as a Foreign/Second Language
- E 204 Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in East Asia
- E 270 Japanese Language and Society
- E 600 East Asian Language Acquisition
- JCHAT Award (Best Paper), the 16th Annual International Conference of the Japanese Society for Language Sciences, 2014
- Tanaka, N., & Schwartz, B. D. (2018). Investigating relative clause island effects in native and nonnative adult speakers of Japanese. In A. B. Bertolini & M. J. Kaplan (Eds.), BUCLD 42: Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (Vol. 2) (pp. 750–763). Somerville, Cascadilla Press. Available from https://www.cascadilla.com/bucld42toc.html
- Bondoc, I. P., O’Grady, W., Deen, K., & Tanaka, N. (2018). Agrammatism in Tagalog: Voice and relativisation. Aphasiology, 32(5), 598–617.
- 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. Available from http://hdl.handle.net/1885/101155.
- 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.
- 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.
My research interests focus on first and second language acquisition, as well as language processing. Using experimental methods, I investigate how different structures are understood and produced by children, adults, and second language learners. I am also interested in the acquisition and maintenance of heritage languages. I have primarily worked on Japanese and Tagalog, but I also hope to work on other languages of Asia and the Pacific, including the Ryukyuan languages.