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.