Lab News (click here for archived news)

  • [new!] A former lab member Lauren Covey (Montclair State U.) and Utako Minai published an article "An eye-tracking study examining the role of question-answer congruency in children's comprehension of only: a preliminary report" in Kansas Working paper in Linguistics Volume 39 with Dr. Kate Coughlin (KU Linguistics). (October, 2018)
  • [new!] Xiao Yang and Utako Minai will publish an article titled "Context-sensitivity and individual differences in the derivation of scalar implicature" in Frontiers in Psychology with Dr. Robert Fiorentino (KU LInguistics). (September, 2018)
  • [new!] Utako Minai delivered two invited talks in Japan: Invited symposium on syntax and semantics in child language acquisition at the Japanese Society for Language Sciences 20th Annual International Conference (JSLS2018) held at Bunkyo Gakuin University, and the 8th international workshop on comparative syntax and language acquisition at Nanzan University. (August, 2018)
  • A former lab member Breanna Krueger (U. of Wyoming) and Utako Minai published an article "The influence of misarticulations on children's word identification and processing" in Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, with Dr. Holly Storkel (KU Speech-Language-Hearing). (March, 2018)
  • A former lab member Chia-Ying Chu (Children's Hearing Center, Taiwan) and Utako Minai published an article "Children's demonstrative comprehension and the role of non-linguistic cognitive abilities: a cross-linguistic study" in Journal of Psycholinguistic Research. (March, 2018)
  • Lauren Covey, Xiao Yang, Alex Vogt-Woodin and Utako Minai presented 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, 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). (November, 2017)
  • 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)
    • 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.
  • A former lab member Adrienne Johnson (Missouri Western State University) and Utako Minai 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)
  • A former lab member Chia-Ying Chu (National Taiwan Normal University) and Utako Minaipresented 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)