College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Sanako Mitsugi

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures - Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Second Language Acquisition, Carnegie Mellon University
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2108
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045-7590
Second office:
Blake Hall
Room A11

Japanese language acquisition, adult second language processing (L2) of Japanese


Ph.D., Second Language Acquisition, Carnegie Mellon University

M.A., Second Language Acquisition, Carnegie Mellon University

B.A., English Language and Literature, Waseda University

Certificate of Proficiency, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, University of Auckland

Teaching Interests

  • Japanese language
  • Applied linguistics


My research program examines the possibilities and limitations of online processing in adult learners, focusing specifically on the processing of grammar by learners of Japanese. I am particularly interested in the contributions of factors including high order relationships across sentences, the ability to generate predictions in language, as well as language experience. In order to examine these issues, I use psycholinguistic experimentation, including self-paced reading and eye-tracking methods.

Research Interests

  • Psycholinguistics
  • Sentence processing
  • Second language acquisition
  • Japanese linguistics

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CEAS offers an M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies.This interdisciplinary degree focused on 20th and 21st century East Asia provides students with in-depth interdisciplinary knowledge of a selected East Asian country (China, Korea, Japan); a broad knowledge of modern East Asia; and social science research skills and methods appropriate to international area studies. Read more about the CEAS M.A. Program, or contact Ayako Mizumura, CEAS Assistant Director, at or 785-864-1478.

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