English Literature and Language

This program offers in-depth studies in literature, language and culture in the English-speaking world. By preparing papers for presentation in the Konan English Literary Society(https://www.konan-u.ac.jp/hp/els/) and working towards their theses, students are enabled to deepen and enrich their knowledge in their chosen field. Classes are kept small to ensure maximum participation in discussion and provide a high level of personal guidance from faculty members.

(For more information on the linguistics section of the program, please see the Konan Psychling website.(https://www.konan-u.ac.jp/hp/els/psychling/))

English Language

Name Title Research areas Research conten
MARTIN, Andrew Professor Phonology, Psycholinguistics I specialize in phonology and psycholinguistics. I mainly study how infants learn phonological patterns, using a combination of computational modeling and statistical analysis. I am particularly interested in the role played by probabilistic generalizations in phonological grammars. I also work on the phonetic characteristics of infant-directed speech. My research focuses on Japanese, but I also utilize data from a range of languages.
DUFFIELD, Nigel G. Professor Syntax, Crosslinguistic Variation, Psycholinguistics (First and Second Language Acquisition; Language Processing) Formal research on grammatical variation within and across languages, with particular reference to Modern Irish and Vietnamese phrase-structure; comparative studies of grammar acquisition by children and adults.
NAKATANI, Kentaro Professor Semantics, Psycholinguistics My research interest lies in the mechanisms of human language that should reside in human brain. I'm especially interested in (i) the lexicon-syntax interface and (ii) the real time language comprehension and its relation to the use of memory resources.

British literature and culture

Name Title Research areas Research conten
INOSE, Kumie Professor Modern British History / British Imperial History Gender History

American literature and culture

Name Title Research areas Research conten
AKIMOTO, Takafumi Professor American Literature The Parallel Relationship between the Changes in American Paper Currency System and the Imagination in American Fiction; Comparative Study of Jewish Imagination in American and Israeli Jewish Fiction