Tohoku University. Research Profiles


Universal Design in Language Use



My current research topic is "universal design in language use," with special reference to order in language and thought. In particular, I am investigating (1) similarities and differences in neural processing of languages with different basic word orders, (2) to what extent the order in non-verbal thought is affected by the order in language, and vice versa, and (3) what is the optimal order in human language and human thought, if any.

Targeted Application(s)/Industry

Although I am conducting basic research, I believe it helps develop (1) effective language teaching/learning methods, (2) rehabilitation programs for aphasia, (3) dynamic preservation of endangered languages/dialects, and so on.


Graduate School of Arts and Letters

KOIZUMI Masatoshi , Professor


Related Information

Yano, M., & Koizumi, M. (2021). The role of discourse in long-distance dependency formation. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 1-19.
Koizumi, M., Takeshima, Y., Tachibana, R., Asaoka, R., Saito, G., Niikuni, K., & Gyoba, J. (2020). Cognitive loads and time courses related to word order preference in Kaqchikel sentence production: an NIRS and eye-tracking study. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 35(2), 137-150.
Koizumi, M., & Kim, J. (2016). Greater left inferior frontal activation for SVO than VOS during sentence comprehension in Kaqchikel. Frontiers in psychology, 7, 1541.
Koizumi, Masatoshi, Jungho Kim, 他5名 (2012) Left inferior frontal activations differentially modulated by scrambling in ditransitive sentences. The Open Medical Imaging Journal 6: 70-79.
Yusa, Noriaki, Masatoshi Koizumi, Jungho Kim, 他6名 (2011) Second-language instinct and instruction effects: Nature and nurture in second-language acquisition. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 23: 2716-2730.
Koizumi, Masatoshi, and Katsuo Tamaoka (2010) Psycholinguistic evidence for the VP-internal subject position in Japanese. Linguistic Inquiry 41: 663–680.