Dr Akira Murakami MA, PhD

Photohgraph of Dr Akira Murakami

Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics
Research Fellow

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I am working for the corpus-based project, "Investigating interdisciplinary research discourse: the case of Global Environmental Change.


  • PhD, University of Cambridge
  • MA in TEFL, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan
  • BA in Foreign Studies, Sophia University, Japan


I was born and grew up in Osaka, Japan, and since then have lived in Chicago, Tokyo, Cambridge, and Birmingham. In my undergraduate study, I majored in English and studied second language acquisition (SLA), TEFL, and bilingualism, among other things. In my MA, I put a special emphasis on the use of corpora in TEFL research, and my master's dissertation employed Douglas Biber's multidimensional analysis in the comparison of English textbooks used in Asian countries. My PhD thesis aimed to exploit learner corpora in SLA research by investigating the L2 acquisition of English grammatical morphemes based on large-scale learner corpora.


My research interests include the following; corpus linguistics, second language acquisition, TEFL, and quantitative data analysis in language research.

Other activities

  • http://bham.academia.edu/AkiraMurakami
  • http://www.linkedin.com/pub/akira-murakami/25/347/131


  • 2013 Cross-linguistic influence on the accuracy order of L2 English grammatical morphemes. In S. Granger, S. Gaëtanelle & F. Meunier (Eds.), Twenty years of learner corpus research: Looking back, moving ahead. Corpora and language in use - Proceedings 1 (pp. 325-334). Louvain-la-Neuve: Presses universitaires de Louvain.
  • 2013 Kijun tokusei no chushutsu [Extracting criterial features]. In Y. Tono, M. Sugiura, T. Kaneko, & E. Izumi (Eds.), Eigo gakushusha kopasu katsuyo handobukku [The handbook of utilising English learner corpora]. Tokyo: Taishukanshoten.
  • 2009 A corpus-based study of English textbooks in Japan and Asian countries: Multidimensional approach. Proceedings of the International Conference on Multi-Development and Application of Languages and Linguistics [CD-ROM].