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  • [new!] Utako Minai's study on fetal language development (collaboration with Drs. Kathleen Gustafson, Robert Fiorentino, Allard Jongman and Joan Sereno) has been introduced in the KU News. (July, 2017)
    • [new!] Lauren Covey, Xiao Yang, Alex Vogt-Woodin and Utako Minai will present a poster "Examining the role of pragmatics during children's comprehension of only: An eye-tracking study" at the 42nd Boston University Conference on Language Development in November, 2017, with Dr. Kate Coughlin (KU Linguistics & Life Span Institute), Dr. Cynthia Siew (University of Warwick), Teresa Girolamo (KU Child Language Doctoral Program) and Ivonne Weyers (University of Bonn).
    • [new!] Utako Minai has published an article "Fetal rhythm-based language discrimination: A biomagnetometry study" in NeuroReport, with Drs. Kathleen Gustafson (KUMC), Robert Fiorentino (KU Linguistics), Allard Jongman (KU Linguistics) and Joan Sereno (KU Linguistics). (July, 2017)
  • Utako Minai and Naoko Nadtochiy's article titled "Native and non-native comprehension of the Japanese existential quantifier nanko-ka" will appear in the edited volume Studies in Chinese and Japanese Language Acquisition: In Honor of Stephen Crain (Nakayama, M. & Su, Y.-C., eds., John Benjamins, to be published in July, 2017).
  • Xiao Yang and Utako Minai presented a poster titled "The role of individual differences in the context-dependent interpretation of some" at the 30th CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing with Dr. Robert Fiorentino (KU Linguistics). (March, 2017)
  • Patrick Connelly and Utako Minai published an aritlce "Comprehension of mimetics by adult native speakers of Japanese" in Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics Volume 37, with Dr. Alison Gabriele (KU Linguistics).
  • Utako Minai has been awarded a 2016-2017 General Research Fund grant for her new project on children's comprehension of focus expression.
  • Utako Minai and Adrienne Johnson (Missouri Western State University) published an article titled "Children’s knowledge of structure-dependent semantic interactions between logical words" in Language Acquisition. (August, 2016)
  • Patrick Connelly has been awarded the Distinguished Linguistics Major Award for the 2015-2016 academic year. This award recognizes an undergraduate major who stands out as a distinguished young linguist with the outstanding academic record and the exceptional scholarship in Linguistics. (May 5th, 2016)
  • Lauren Covey has been awarded the Frances Ingemann Scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year. This award, endowed by the founder of the Linguistics Department Dr. Frances Ingemann, is given annually to an outstanding graduate student and considered the highest honor for Linguistics graduate students. (March 25th, 2016)
  • Utako Minai and Chia-Ying Chu (National Taiwan Normal University) presented a poster titled "Semantics facilitates children’s pragmatic processing: Chinese-speaking children’s use of semantics" at the XPRAG Workshop on the Role of Pragmatic Factors in Child Language Processing at Humboldt University Berlin, Germany. (May, 2016)