About Warren M Tang

I am currently Assistant Professor at Fukuyama University in Hiroshima, Japan.

My current areas of research are

  • metaphorical usages of function words from quantitative data
  • Buddhism as an access point to understand the nature of language

But I like to research about all things English including syntax, phonology and phonics in the Japanese context.


English language teaching, second language acquisition, Cognitive Linguistics, Corpus Linguistics, syntax, English phonology, prepositions, function words, conceptual metaphors, relevance theory, zen and communication.


  • PhD Candidate (Applied Linguistics, Hiroshima University)
  • M.Ed (Applied Linguistics, Hiroshima University)
  • B. Arts (Hons.) (Japanese and Literature, University of Newcastle)


  • An Investigation into the Logic of Zen Koans through Mental Spaces (Bulletin of University Education Center, Fukuyama University (2019), Vol. 5. Pp. 39-54.)
  • Frequencies of the Spatial Prepositions AT, ON and IN in Native and Non-native Corpora (Bulletin of the Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University (2012) Part II, Vol. 61. Pp. 219-228.)
  • A Linear Corpus Model Study of Teacher Vocabulary Selection and Student Vocabulary Acquisition in a University Undergraduate Extensive Reading Course (Master’s Degree thesis)

International Presentations

  • Metaphorically Speaking – Hurdles Language Teachers and Students Face (NeuroELT Brain Days, International Conference, Kyoto, Japan. 25-27 September, 2015)

National Presentations

  • Teaching function words: cognitive and corpus linguistic perspectives (JALT PanSIG Conference, Hiroshima University, 16 June 2012)
  • Linear Corpus Modelling (Japan Association English Corpus Studies, Tokyo, Japan. 10 October 2010)

Local Presentations

  • The Mental Spaces of Zen Koans – An Investigation into Its Logic (21st Chugoku Chapter Japan Communication Association Symposium, Hiroshima. 24 November 2018)
  • Second Language Learners Play the “Imitation Game” – The Use of Immediate Social Media to Understand Perceived Native-like Communication Strategies (Japan Communication Association, Hiroshima. 6 December 2016)
  • Four people talk about how they acquired Japanese as a second language (JALT, Hiroshima, Japan. 25 November 2012)
  • Zen and (the Art of) English Language Teaching (Invited Speaker, Hiroshima JET Orientation Program, 15 August 2012)
  • An Introduction to Corpus Lingsuistic Tools (as technical support for Kenneth Fordyce and Simon Frazer, Hiroshima University, Japan. 4 March 2011)
  • Corpus Linguistics Workshop for English Language Teachers (JALT, Hiroshima, Japan. 18 July 2010)
  • Corpus Linguistics and Vocabulary Instruction (with Kenneth Fordyce, ETJ Expo, Hiroshima, Japan. 24 October 2010)
  • A Study of the Effects of Frequency on Implicit Vocabulary Learning (JACET, Hiroshima, Japan. 24 January 2008)
  • A Deconstruction of Three Kawabata Yasunari Short Stories (Japan Comparative Literature Association. Fukuoka, Japan. 1999)


  • Hiroshima JALT Committee (Treasurer, from 2015-2018)
  • JALT PanSIG 2012 Sub-committee (Local Publicity, 2012)
  • Hiroshima JALT Committee (Publicity Chair, 2010)

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