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Asia is one of the most linguistically diverse parts of the world, in which 32 percent of the world’s 7,000 languages are spoken. Languages in Asia are typologically very different from European languages like English, and investigating them helps linguists expand knowledge about what the human mind is capable of and how our mental systems work, beyond the Euro-centric tradition of modern linguistics. This talk draws examples from several languages spoken in East Asia (e.g., Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) and Southeast Asia (e.g., Tagalog) to demonstrate how the interesting properties observed in these languages can give us insight into some of the long-debated questions about human language. Focusing on data from experimental studies on relative clauses, including my own research on Japanese and Tagalog, this talk discusses the benefits of studying these languages and promoting cross-linguistic diversity in the field of language science.

Nozomi Tanaka is an assistant professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Indiana University. Her research focuses on first language and second language acquisition, experimental syntax, as well as language processing. Using experimental methods, she investigates how different structures are understood and produced by children and adults. She has worked primarily on Japanese (her first language) and Tagalog (her second language) and has conducted multiple field research trips in Japan and in the Philippines. While continuing her current research, she also hopes to work on understudied languages in Asia and the Pacific, including the Ryukyuan languages in Japan. She received her PhD in linguistics from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

TIME: 12 p.m.

COST: free

WHERE: IU Global and International Studies, 355 N. Jordan Ave., Bloomington.

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