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
  • grammar, particularly syntax not based on universal grammar


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)


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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