Chie Nakamura

NAKAMURA, Chie (中村 智栄), Associate Professor

ResearchMap site: https://researchmap.jp/chienakamura

Personal web site: https://sites.google.com/site/carumakan/publication

E-mail: [cnakamura@aoni.waseda.jp]

My research investigates how language is represented and used in the mind. I am interested in questions such as how language users cope with indeterminacies in language and efficiently generate rich linguistic meaning during comprehension, and how language is processed differently between native speakers and second language learners beyond the differences in the level of general language proficiency. In my research, I use a variety of eye-tracking experimental methods such as eye-tracking in text reading, the visual world eye-tracking paradigm, pupillary dilations (pupillometry), as well as neuropsychological techniques. For the details of my current research projects, please see my personal web site [link: https://sites.google.com/site/carumakan/publication].


  • Ph.D., Keio University, 2013 (Dissertation: Online structural analysis in processing L1 Japanese and L2 English)
  • M.A., Keio University, 2010
  • B.A., Keio University, 2008

Current CELESE responsibilities

Administrative roles: Colloquium coordinator, Publicity committee

Courses: Laboratory English A & B (Spring), Language, Logic, and Mind (Spring), Academic Study Skills A & B (Fall)

Research areas and interests

Psycholinguistics, Sentence processing, Second language processing

Representative works

  • Nakamura, C., Harris, J., & Jun, S-A. (2021). Adaptation to atypical contrastive accent: The L2 advantage. BUCLD 45 Proceedings.
  • Nakamura, C., Arai, M. Hirose, Y., & Flynn, S. (2020). An extra cue is beneficial for native speakers but can be disruptive for second language learners: Integration of prosody and visual context in syntactic ambiguity resolution. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 2835.
  • Nakamura, C., Arai, M. & Harada, Y. (2019). Difference between L1 and L2 language processing in the use of subcategorization information: Evidence from syntactic priming. Gengokenkyu(言語研究), 155, 1-33 (Text in Japanese).
  • Nakamura, C., and Arai, M. (2015). Persistence of an initial misinterpretation without referential ambiguity. Cognitive Science: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 40, 909-940. Nakamura, C., Arai, M., & Mazuka R. (2012). Immediate use of prosody and context in predicting a syntactic structure. Cognition, 125, 317-323.


  • External research funding (JSPS grants)
    • 科学研究費補助金(基盤研究(B))『第二言語の適応的な文理解とプロソディーの影響:眼球運動計測と数理モデルによる検証』研究代表者. 2019-2023.
    • 科学研究費補助金(若手研究(A))『複数被験者の眼球運動同時計測環境の開発と視線検知型英語学習プログラムへの応用』研究代表者. 2015-2019,
  • Awards
    • 2020 Waseda University AY2020 e-Teaching Award (Good Practice Award)
    • 2014 The 14th Annual conference of the Japan Second Language Association Presenter Award