College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Utako Minai

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Linguistics
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Maryland
Primary office:
785-864-1559
Blake Hall
Room 406
University of Kansas
1541 Lilac Lane
Lawrence, KS 66045-3129


Summary

First Language Acquisition, Child Language

Education

Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Maryland

M.A., Literature, Tokyo Metropolitan University

B.A., Literature, Tokyo Metropolitan University

B.A., Arts and Sciences (Major: Communications), Tokyo Woman’s Christian University

Research Interests

  • First language acquisition
  • Developmental Psycholinguistics
  • Child language acquisition

Selected Publications

Krueger, B. Storkel, H. & Minai, U. (2018). The influence of misarticulations on children's word identification and processing. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research , 61, 820-836. DOI:10.1044/2017_JSLHR-S-16-0379

Chu, C. & Minai, U. (2018). Children's demonstrative comprehension and the role of non-linguistic cognitive abilities: a cross-linguistic study. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, DOI: 10.1007/s10936-018-9565-8.

Minai, U. (2017). Yooji-no imikaishaku-wa naze otona-no sore-to-wa kotonarunoka. [Why children's meaning comprehension differs from adults' meaning comprehension]. In K. Takami, I. Gyoda, & H. Ohno (Eds.), Hushigi-ni michi-ta kotoba-no sekai. [The world of language, full of wonder]. Tokyo, Japan: Kaitakusha Publishing Company.

Minai, U. & Nadtochiy, N. (2017). Native and non-native comprehension of the Japanese existential quantifier nanko-ka. In M. Nakayama & Y. Su (Eds.), Studies in Chinese and Japanese Language Acquisition (pp. 197-219). John Benjamins.

Minai, U. Gustafson, K. Fiorentino, R. Jongman, A. & Sereno, J. (2017). Fetal rhythm-based language discrimination: A biomagnetometry study. NeuroReport, 28(10), 561-564. DOI: 10.1097/WNR.0000000000000794

Connelly, P. Minai, U. & Gabriele, A. (2016). Comprehension of Mimetics by Adult Native Speakers of Japanese. Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics, 37, 23-41. University of Kansas.

Johnson, A. & Minai, U. (2016). Children's knowledge of structure-dependent semantic interactions between logical words. Language Acquisition, DOI: 10.1080/10489223.2016.1187611.

Fiorentino, R. Naito-Billen, Y. & Minai, U. (2016). Morphological decomposition in de-adjectival nominal in Japanese: masked and overt priming evidence. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 45(3), 575-597.

Minai, U. Isobe, M. & Okabe, R. (2015). Acquisition and Deployment of the Linguistic Knowledge: Scrambling in Child Japanese as a Test Case. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 44(3), 287-307.

Chu, C. Gabriele, A. & Minai, U. (2014). Acquisition of quantifier scope interpretation by Chinese-speaking learners of English. In Selected Proceedings of Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA).

Brown, R. Chu, C. Hess, G. & Minai, U. (2014). Assessing preschool children’s knowledge of compounds from a logico-semantic perspective. Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics, Volume 35.

Hunt, L. Politzer-Ahles, S. Gibson, L. Minai, U. & Fiorentino, R. (2013). Pragmatic inferences modulate N400 during sentence comprehension: evidence from picture-sentence verification. Neuroscience Letters , 534, 246-251.

Minai, U. & Takami, N. (2012). Semantic and Pragmatic Meaning of the Existential Quantifier Some in Second Language Acquisition. In Proceedings of Boston University Conference on Language Development (Vol. 36, pp. 349-360). Cambridge, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Ito, K. Jincho, N. Minai, U. Yamane, N. & Mazuka, R. (2012). Intonation Facilitates Contrast Resolution: Evidence from Japanese Adults and 6-year Olds. Journal of Memory and Language , 66, 265-284.

Minai, U. Jincho, N. Yamane, N. & Mazuka, R. (2012). What Hinders Child Semantic Computation: Children’s Universal Quantification and the Development of Cognitive Control. Journal of Child Language , 39, 919-956.

Minai, U. & Fiorentino, R. (2010). The Role of the Focus Operator Only in Children’s Sentence Interpretations. Language Acquisition , 17(3), 183-190.

Minai, U. (2008). Probing Logical Aspects of Language Development. In T. Sano, M. Endo, M. Isobe, K. Otaki, K. Sugisaki, & T. Suzuki (Eds.), An Enterprise in the Cognitive Science of Language: A Festschrift for Yukio Otsu (pp. 613-626). Tokyo, Japan: Hituzi Syobo Publishing Company.

Crain, S. Goro, T. & Minai, U. (2007). Hidden Units in Child Language. In . Schalley & . Khlentzos (Eds.), Mental States Volume 1: Evolution, Function, Nature. Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishers.

Minai, U. (2007). Logico-semantic Aspects of Children’s Knowledge about the Universal Quantifier: New Empirical Evidence. In Proceedings of the 2nd Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (pp. 285-296). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

Minai, U. (2006). Non-local Dependency in Child Language. In Y. Suzuki, K. Mizuno, & K. Takami (Eds.), Gengo kagaku-no shinzui-o motomete [In Search of the Essence of Language Science]: Festschrift for Professor Heizo Nakajima on the Occasion of his Sixtieth Birthday. Tokyo, Japan: Hituzi Syobo Publishing Company.

Minai, U. Goro, T. & Crain, S. (2006). Covert Downward Entailment in Child English and Japanese. In K. U. Deen, J. Nomura, B. Schulz, & B. D. Schwartz (Eds.), University of Connecticut Occasional Papers in Linguistics, 4. The Proceedings of the Inaugural Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition–North America (pp. 205-216). Honolulu, HI.

Minai, U. (2006). Direct Approach to Inference in Child Language: A Case Study of Every. In Language Acquisition and Development: Proceedings of Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition 2005 (pp. 357-366). UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Minai, U. & Crain, S. (2006). Semantic Interactions of Quantificational Expressions in Child Language. In K. U. Deen, J. Nomura, B. Schulz, & B. D. Schwartz (Eds.), University of Connecticut Occasional Papers in Linguistics, 4. The Proceedings of the Inaugural Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition–North America (pp. 217-228). Honolulu, HI.

Goro, T. Minai, U. & Crain, S. (2005). Bringing out the Logic in Child Language. In Proceedings of the Thirty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (Vol. 35, pp. 245-256).

Goro, T. Minai, U. & Crain, S. (2005). Two Disjunctions for the Price of ONLY One. In Proceedings of Boston University Conference on Language Development (Vol. 29, pp. 228-239). CSIL Publications.

Minai, U. Meroni, L. & Crain, S. (2004). Children’s Non-local Interpretation of Quantification. In Proceedings of the Fifth Tokyo Conference on Psycholinguistics (pp. 255-276). Tokyo, Japan: Hituzi Shobo Publishing Company.

Crain, S. Meroni, L. & Minai, U. (2004). If Everybody Knows, Then Every Child Knows. In Proceedings of the Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition 3 (pp. 127-138). Utrecht: LOT.

Minai, U. (2000). The Acquisition of Japanese Passives. In M. Nakayama & C. J. Quinn (Eds.), Japanese/Korean Linguistics (Vol. 9, pp. 339-350). Stanford, CA: CSLI Publishers.

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