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Chuo University
Faculty of Letters
Job title
Master of Arts(University of Essex), Master of Philosophy(University of Cambridge), Doctor of Philosophy(University of Cambridge)
Research funding number


Professor Wakabayashi obtained his B.A. from Waseda University, M.A. from the University of Essex, and M.Phil. and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. His academic interest lies in applied linguistics, particularly in modelling second language learners’ mental representations of morphology and syntax in the flamework of generative grammar and psycholinguistics. He has published a number of articles in international journals, such as Second Language Research, and books, such as Generative Approaches to the Acquisition of English by Native Speakers of Japanese (Mouton de Gruyter). He also serves as a member of the editorial board of Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism. He was a Vice President of Chuo University, Tokyo, from 2011 to 2014, in charge of the globalization of the university, and has been a Councilor of the university for four years. He was a Visiting By-Fellow at Churchill College, University of Cambridge, from April to September 2018. During this period, he gave lectures at a number of universities, including Cambridge, York, Reading in UK, Rijeka in Croatia, and Tromso in Norway. He is currently a Professor of applied linguistics, Chuo University, and a Visiting Professor at Language Institute, Thammasat University.

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 1984
Mar 1987
Apr 1987
Mar 1992
Apr 1997
Mar 1999
Lecturer, Guma Prefectural Women's University
Apr 1999
Mar 2004
Associate Professor, Gunma Prefectural Women's University
Apr 2004
Mar 2005
Professor, Gunma Prefectural Women's University


Jun 1994
Mar 1997
English and Applied Linguistics, Research Centre for English and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge

Published Papers

Why do we need a linguistic theory to describe learners' behaviors?
Wakabayashi, Shigenori
Second Language   12 81-108   Dec 2013   [Refereed]
How to Improve Communicative Competence in a Lingua Franca: Reasons and Practices (DOI: https://doi.org/10.11113/sh.v9n4-2.1366)
Wakabayashi, Shigenori
Sains Humanika   9(4-2)    Oct 2017   [Refereed]
Derivational Economy: Evidence from Infinitive and Gerund in L2 English
WAKABAYASHI, Shigenori, HOKARI, Tomohiro, HANIU, Yasuaki, FUJIMOTO, Takaaki, & KIMURA, Hirotaka
Proceedings of PacSLRF2016   231-236   Mar 2017   [Refereed]
Constituent Order Errors in L2 English Deverbal Synthetic Compounds: Evidence for the Use of Syntax
HOKARI, Tomohiro, WAKABAYASHI, Shigenori, NISHIUMI, Mayu & SATO, Yasukuni
Proceedings of PacSLRF2016   77-82   Mar 2017   [Refereed]
Null Prepositions in Wh-Questions and Passives
Hokari, T. and Wakabayashi, S.
Proceedings of the 10th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2009)   35-45   2009   [Refereed]


What does SLA research tell us?
英語教育   (2016年6月号)    May 2016
若林 茂則
日本語言文化研究   5 25-30   Dec 2014
英語教育   2013年2月号 64-66   Jan 2013
海外新刊書紹介 Grammar as Science. Richard K. Larsen (2010). The MIT Press.
英語教育   59(9) 72   Nov 2010
『教職課程年報』   (15) 5-19   Jul 2010

Books etc

白畑知彦・須田孝司(編)若林茂則・木村崇是(共著) (Part:Joint Work)
くろしお出版   Jun 2018   
The Routledge Handbook of Applied Linguistics
Simpson, James (ed.), Wakabayashi, S. et al. (Part:Joint Work)
Routledge   Mar 2011   
Aspects of Grammatical Description
Arai, Yoichi ed., Wakabayashi, S. et al. (Part:Joint Work)
Chuo University Pres   Mar 2011   
A Guide to English Language Teaching Terminology, Revised Edition
Shirahata, Tomohiko, Tomita, Yuichi, Muranoi, Hitoshi, and Wakabayashi, Shigenori
Taishukan   May 2009   
若林茂則(編著) 白畑知彦・坂内昌徳(著)
新曜社   Feb 2006   

Conference Activities & Talks

Second/foreign language systems: Why are some grammatical rules more difficult than others?
The Scientific Forum, Center for Language Research, University of Rijeka   Jun 2018   
Second/foreign language systems: Why are some grammatical rules more difficult than others?|rn||rn|Language, especially foreign/second language learning, is a popular topic in daily conversation. We tend to think that we know about these topics, b...
Linguistic accounts of the missing -s and overused be and do in L2 English
Linguistic diversity in language development, CLARC2018 Perspectives on linguistic diversity. University of Rijeka, Croatia   Jun 2018   
Prof. Naseer Ahmad Al-Khawaldeh
Constraints on VP-Ellipsis in L2 English Grammar
KOYAMA, Sayaka
Second Language Research Forum 2017 (SLRF2017), The Ohio State University, USA.   Oct 2017   
Online eChats : Australia talks to|rn|Japan
Carol Hayes and Yuki Itani-Adams
7th International Conference on Computer Assisted Systems For Teaching & Learning Japanese (CASTEL/J)   Aug 2017   
東洋学園大学 英語教育開発センター 主催|rn|東学の英語を考える会・母語と第二言語習得の相関関係調査グループ|rn|TOGAKU Theoretical Linguistics Colloquium 共催 講演会   Mar 2017   

Research Grants & Projects

"The acquisition and use of grammatical rules concerning subjects, verbs and tense in English by Japanese speaking learners."
文部科学省: 科学研究費補助金(日本学術振興会・文部科学省)-基盤研究(B)
Project Year: Apr 2018 - Mar 2021    Investigator(s): 若林茂則
The acquisition and use of embedded clauses in L2 English by Japanese speakers
文部科学省: 科学研究費助成事業 基盤研究(C)
Project Year: Apr 2014 - Mar 2017    Investigator(s): 若林 茂則
"Embedded clauses in Japanese and English are compared, and L1 transfer and developmental errors on their use in L2 English by Japanese speakers are logically predicted. Experimental data are collected to verify the predictions and L2 knowledge an...
Characteristics of the use of morphemes and syntax in L2 English
Project Year: Apr 2010 - Mar 2012    Investigator(s): 若林茂則
"Based on the data on the use of 3rd person singular -s by Japanese speaking learners, it was suggested that their errors are fully explaind by neither the representational deficit model or the missing surface inflection model, and that multiple ...
A second language acquisition study to investigate the developmental stages of grammatical knowledge of Japanese learners of English and the effects of instructions
文部科学省: 科学研究費補助金(日本学術振興会・文部科学省)
Project Year: Apr 2008 - Mar 2012    Investigator(s): 村野井仁
文部科学省: 科学研究費補助金(日本学術振興会・文部科学省)
Project Year: Apr 2008 - Mar 2011