Utako Minai

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


Research Interests

  • First language acquisition
  • Developmental Psycholinguistics
  • Child language acquisition

Selected Publications

Minai, U. Gustafson, K. Fiorentino, R. Jongman, A. & Sereno, J. (n.d.). Fetal rhythm-based language discrimination: A biomagnetometry study. NeuroReport.

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.

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.

Selected Grants

Minai, Utako, Why young children exhibit difficulty in comprehending the word "only"., 2301119, $8,964, (07/01/2016 - 06/30/2018) . University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Minai, U., Pre-birth Assessment of Language Ability: a Fetal MEG Study, UL1 TR000001, formerly UL1RR033179, Frontiers Pilot and Collaborative Studies Funding Program/NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award Grant, $20,000, (03/01/2013 - 02/28/2014) . Federal. Status: Funded.

Gabriele, A. , Fiorentino, R., Minai, U., GALANA 2012: Psycholinguistic and Neurolinguistic Approaches to Language Development, Project Number 1123399, National Science Foundation, (09/01/2012 - 08/31/2013) . Federal. Status: Funded.

Minai, U., Acquisition and Deployment of Semantic Knowledge: Eye-tracking Studies, Fund allocation #2302262, New Faculty General Research Fund, University of Kansas, (07/01/2011 - 05/31/2012) . University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Minai, Utako, Yooji-gengo ni okeru imi-keesan to ninchi-jikkoo-kinoo [Semantic Computation and Cognitive Function in Child Language], Project Number 20720115, KAKENHI/Grant-in-aid for Scientific Research for Young Scientists (B), Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology (MEXT)/Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), $ ({ }), (04/01/2008 - 03/31/2009) . Federal. Status: Funded.

Jincho, Nobuyuki, Hayashi, Akiko, Minai, Utako, Gankyuu-undou-keisoku ni yoru choukaku-shougai-ji to kenjyou-jidou no yomi-rikai-katei no hikaku [An Eye-tracking Study of Children’s Reading Ability: A Comparison between Typically-developing Children and Children with Auditory Difficulties], Project Number 06-B-0011, The Hakuho Foundation Research Grant for Language and Education, (04/01/2007 - 03/31/2008) . Foundation. Status: Funded.

 

Research areas

  • First language acquisition
  • Child language processing
    • Languages of research: English, Japanese, Chinese
    • Methodological approach: Experimental - Linguistic comprehension tasks (e.g., Truth Value Judgment Task, Picture Selection Task, Demand-fulfillment Task); Visual world eye-tracking paradigm; Cognitive tasks (e.g., Executive Function measurements, Theory of Mind measurements)

Research interests

  • Logico-semantic competence in child language
    • Logical word learning (mapping between linguistic forms and logical content)
    • Meaning composition (computation of phrasal/sentential meaning)
    • Meaning comparison (computation of inferential meaning across phrases/sentences)
  • Developmental aspects of sentence processing
    • Incremental computation of meaning
    • Effects of the interaction among syntax, semantics and prosodic structure
    • Interaction between online meaning computation and cognitive development
  • Cross-linguistic research on language acquisition and processing of meaning
    • Acquisition and processing of language-universal and language-specific aspects of meaning
    • Investigation of children’s use of language-specific cues in language processing

Employment

  • 8/2009 - present: Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Kansas, USA
  • 7/2006 - 7/2009: Post-doctoral Research Scientist, Laboratory for Language Development, RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Saitama, Japan

Funding

  • 3/2013-2/2014: Minai, U. Frontiers Pilot and Collaborative Studies Funding Program/NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award Grant awarded to KUMC.Pre-birth Assessment of Language Ability: a Fetal MEG Study.
  • 9/2012-8/2013: Gabriele, A., R. Fiorentino & U. Minai (Co-PI's). National Science Foundation. GALANA 2012: Psycholinguistic and Neurolinguistic Approaches to Language Development.
  • 7/2011-5/2012: Minai, U. New Faculty General Research Fund, KU. Acquisition and Deployment of Semantic Knowledge: Eye-tracking Studies.
  • 4/2008-3/2009: Minai, U. Grant-in-aid for Scientific Research for Young Scientists (B), Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology/Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. Yooji-gengo ni okeru imi-keesan to ninchi-jikkoo-kinoo [Semantic Computation and Cognitive Function in Child Language].
  • 4/2007-3/2008: Jincho, N., A. Hayashi & U. Minai. The Hakuho Foundation Research Grant for Language and Education, Japan. Gankyuu-undou-keisoku ni yoru choukaku-shougai-ji to kenjyou-jidou no yomi-rikai-katei no hikaku [An Eye-tracking Study of Children’s Reading Ability: A Comparison between Typically-developing Children and Children with Auditory Difficulties].

Publications

  • Minai, U. (in press) “Child Language Acquisition: Contrasting Theoretical Approaches [Book review].” English Linguistics.
  • Chu, C.-Y., A. Gabriele & U. Minai (under review) “Acquisition of Quantifier Scope Interpretation by Chinese-speaking Learners of English.” Submitted forSelected Proceedings of Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA).
  • Hunt III, L., S. Politzer-Ahles, L. Gibson, U. Minai & R. Fiorentino (2013) “Pragmatic inferences modulate N400 during sentence comprehension:evidence from picture-sentence verification.” Neuroscience Letters 534, 246-251.
  • Minai, U., N. Jincho, N. Yamane & R. Mazuka (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. & N. Takami (2012) “Semantic and Pragmatic Meaning of the Existential Quantifier Some in Second Language Acquisition.” Proceedings of Boston University Conference on Language Development, Volume 36, pp. 349-360, Cascadilla Press.
  • Ito, K., N. Jincho, U. Minai, N. Yamane & R. Mazuka (2012) “Intonation Facilitates Contrast Resolution: Evidence from Japanese Adults and 6-year Olds.”Journal of Memory and Language 66, 265-284.
  • Minai, U. & R. Fiorentino (2010) “The Role of the Focus Operator Only in Children's Computation of Sentence Meaning.” Language Acquisition 17(3), 183-190.
  • Minai, U. (2009) “Dai’ichi gengo kakutoku ni okeru gakushuu: huhen-bumpoo-kiban apuroochi to yoohoo-kiban apuroochi [Learning in the First Language Acquisition: UG-based Approach and Usage-based Approach].” Ongaku Kyooiku Kenkyuu Jyaanaru [Journal of Musical Education Study] Volume 31, pp.20-24, Tokyo University of the Fine Arts. (Invited submission)
  • Minai, U. (2008) “Probing Logical Aspects of Language Development.” In T. Sano, M. Endo, M. Isobe, K. Otaki, K. Sugisaki and T. Suzuki (eds.) An Enterprise in the Cognitive Science of Language: A Festschrift for Yukio Otsu, pp. 613-626. Hituzi Syobo Publishing Company, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Crain, S., T. Goro & U. Minai (2007) “Hidden Units in Child Language.” In Schalley and Khlentzos (eds.) Mental States Volume 1: Evolution, Function, Nature, John Benjamins Publishers, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Minai, U. (2007) “Logico-semantic Aspects of Children’s Knowledge about the Universal Quantifier: New Empirical Evidence.” In A. Belikova, L. Meroni, and M. Umeda (eds.) Proceedings of the 2nd Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America, pp. 285-296. Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA.
  • Minai, U. (2006) “Non-local Dependency in Child Language.” In Y. Suzuki, K. Mizuno and 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, Hituzi Syobo Publishing Company, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Minai, U. (2006) “Direct Approach to Inference in Child Language: A Case Study of Every.” In A. Belletti, E. Bennati, C. Chesi, E. Di Domenico and I. Ferrari (eds.) Language Acquisition and Development: Proceedings of Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition 2005, pp. 357-366. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK.
  • Minai, U., Goro, T. & S. Crain (2006) “Covert Downward Entailment in Child English and Japanese.” The Proceedings of the Inaugural Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition–North America, K.U. Deen, J. Nomura, B. Schulz and B. D. Schwartz (eds.), Honolulu, HI. University of Connecticut Occasional Papers in Linguistics, 4, pp. 205-216.
  • Minai, U. & S. Crain (2006) “Semantic Interactions of Quantificational Expressions in Child Language.” The Proceedings of the Inaugural Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition–North America, K.U. Deen, J. Nomura, B. Schulz and B. D. Schwartz (eds.), Honolulu, HI. University of Connecticut Occasional Papers in Linguistics, 4, pp. 217-228.
  • Goro, T., U. Minai & S. Crain (2005) “Bringing out the Logic in Child Language.” In L. Bateman and C. Ussery (eds.) Proceedings of the Thirty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society, Volume 35, pp. 245-256.
  • Goro, T., U. Minai & S. Crain (2005) “Two Disjunctions for the Price of ONLY One.” In A. Brugos, M. R. Clark-Cotton and S. Ha (eds.) Proceedings of Boston University Conference on Language Development, Volume 29, pp. 228-239. Cascadilla Press.Goro, T., U.
  • Minai & S. Crain (2005) “Bringing out the Logic in Child Language.” In L. Bateman and C. Ussery (eds.) Proceedings of the Thirty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society, Volume 35, pp. 245-256.
  • Goro, T., U. Minai & S. Crain (2005) “Two Disjunctions for the Price of ONLY One.” In A. Brugos, M. R. Clark-Cotton and S. Ha (eds.) Proceedings of Boston University Conference on Language Development, Volume 29, pp. 228-239. CSIL Publications.
  • Minai, U., L. Meroni & S. Crain (2004) “Children’s Non-local Interpretation of Quantification.” In Y. Otsu (ed.) Proceedings of the Fifth Tokyo Conference on Psycholinguistics, pp. 255-276. Hituzi Shobo Publishing Company, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Crain, S., L. Meroni & U. Minai (2004) “If Everybody Knows, Then Every Child Knows.” In J. van Kampen and S. Baauw (eds.) Proceedings of the Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition 3, pp. 127-138. LOT, Utrecht.
  • Minai, U. (2000) “The Acquisition of Japanese Passives.” In M. Nakayama and C. J. Quinn (eds.) Japanese/Korean Linguistics, Volume 9, pp. 339-350. CSLI Publishers, Stanford, CA.
  • Minai, U. (1998) “On Children’s Knowledge of A-Chain in Japanese - A Preliminary Study.”  Metropolitan Linguistics, Volume 17, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo, Japan.

Presentations

  • Chu, C.-Y. & U. Minai (2013, upcoming) “Comprehension of Demonstratives by English-speaking Preschool Children.” Accepted for poster presentation at the 5th Biennial Conference of Experimental Pragmatics, Utrecht University, Netherlands.
  • Minai, U., R. Brown, C.-Y. Chu & G. Hess (2013, upcoming) “Probing Morpho-semantic Representations of Compounds.” Accepted for poster presentation, The 8th International Morphological Processing Conference, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • Minai, U., Y.-C. Chan, C.-Y. Chu & R. Brown (2013) “Visual Information and Child Universal Quantification: Seeking a Causal Association between Language and Cognition in Development.” Poster presentation at 2013 Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting, Seattle, WA.
  • Minai, U., M. Isobe & R. Okabe (2012) “Word Order in Child Japanese: an Experimental Study on Relative Clauses.” Poster presentation, Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA) 5, University of Kansas, KS.
  • Chu, C.-Y., A. Gabriele & U. Minai (2012) “Acquisition of quantifier scope interpretation by Chinese-speaking learners of English.” Poster presentation, Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA) 5, University of Kansas, KS.
  • Naito-Billen, Y., U. Minai & R. Fiorentino (2011) “Detection and utilization of prosody in sentence processing: an EEG study of L1 and L2 Japanese.” Poster presentation, Neurobiology of Language Conference 2011, Annapolis, MD.
  • Hunt III, L., S. Politzer-Ahles, U. Minai & R. Fiorentino (2011) “N400 is elicited by pragmatic as well as semantic anomalies: a visual-world study of scalar implicatures.” Poster presentation, Neurobiology of Language Conference 2011, Annapolis, MD.
  • Minai, U. & N. Takami (2011) “Semantic and Pragmatic Meaning of the Existential Quantifier Some in Second Language Acquisition.” Oral presentation, BUCLD 36: The Thirty-sixth Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, MA.
  • Goro, T. & U. Minai (2011) “Conjunction, Disjunction and Negation in Second Language Acquisition: A Study of L2 English and Japanese.” Poster presentation, BUCLD 36: The Thirty-sixth Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, MA.
  • Minai, U., M. Isobe & R. Okabe (2011) “Acquisition and Deployment of the Knowledge of Scrambling in Child Japanese.” Oral presentation, GALA 2011: Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition, Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • Naito-Billen, Y., R. Fiorentino & U. Minai (2011) “Effects of Prosody in the Processing of Temporarily Ambiguous Japanese Sentences.” Oral presentation, Seventh International Conference on Practical Linguistics of Japanese, San Francisco State University, CA.
  • Fiorentino, R., Y. Naito-Billen & U. Minai (2010) “Masked Priming and Morphological Productivity: Evidence from Japanese De-Adjectival Nominalization.” Poster presentation, AMLAP 2010: Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing, University of York, UK.
  • Minai, U. (2010) “The Acquisition and Use of Semantic Knowledge in Children: Studies on Child Universal Quantification.” Invited talk, Tokyo University, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Ito, K., N. Jincho, U. Minai, N. Yamane & R. Mazuka (2009) “Use of Emphatic Pitch Prominence for Contrast Resolution: An Eye-tracking study with 6-year-old and Adult Japanese Listeners.” Oral presentation, BUCLD 34: The Thirty-fourth Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, MA.
  • Minai, U. (2009) “Dai’ichi gengo kakutoku ni okeru gakushuu: huhen-bumpoo-kiban apuroochi to yoohoo-kiban apuroochi [Learning in the First Language Acquisition: UG-based Approach and Usage-based Approach].” Invited lecture at the Colloquium Series, Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan.
  • Minai, U., N. Jincho, N. Yamane & R. Mazuka (2008) “Development of Cognitive Flexibility and Semantic Computation.” Poster presentation, CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing 2008, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.
  • Ito, K., N. Jincho, U. Minai, N. Yamane & R. Mazuka (2008) “Use of Emphatic Intonation for Contrast Resolution in Japanese: Adults vs. 6-yr-Olds.” Poster presentation, CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing 2008, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.
  • Jincho, N., K. Ito, N. Yamane, U. Minai & R. Mazuka (2008) “Effects of Visual Contrast in Pre-nominal Modifier Phrase Comprehension in Japanese: An Eye Tracking Experiment with Children and Adults.” Poster presentation, CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing 2008, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.
  • Goro, T., T. Fujii, U. Minai & M. Koizumi (2007) “The Acquisition of Anti-reconstruction and Grammar Variation in Adult Japanese.” Oral presentation, GLOW in Asia IV, Parametric Syntax and Language Acquisition, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China.
  • Ito, K., N. Jincho, R. Mazuka, N. Yamane & U. Minai (2007) “Effect of Contrastive Intonation in Discourse Comprehension in Japanese: An Eye Tracking Study with Adults and 6-yr Olds.” Poster presentation, 20th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, University of California, San Diego, USA.
  • Minai, U. (2007) “A New Methodological Approach for Probing Logical Aspects of Language Development: Inference, Universal Quantifier and Negation.” Poster presentation, Society for Research in Child Development 2007 Biennial Meeting, Boston, USA.
  • Minai, U. (2007) “Yooji gengo ni okeru ronri setsuzokushi to focus enzanshi: nichi-eigo hikaku kenkyuu [Logical Connectives and the Focus Operator in Child Language: A Comparative Study with English- and Japanese-acquiring Children].” Lecture at Symposium on Japanese L1 Acquisition and Universal Grammar, The Twenty-fifth Conference of The English Linguistic Society of Japan, Nagoya University, Japan.
  • Minai, U. (2006) “Logico-semantic Aspects of Children’s Knowledge about the Universal Quantifier: New Empirical Evidence.” Poster presentation, The Second Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America, McGill University, Montréal, Canada.
  • Minai, U. (2006) “Everything Children Know about Every: An Investigation of Logical Words in Child Language.” Invited talk at The First UMD – UFRJ Meeting on Syntax and Neuroscience of Language, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Minai, U. (2006) “Evidence for Children’s Knowledge about the Focus Operator Only.” Invited talk at The First UMD – UFRJ Meeting on Syntax and Neuroscience of Language, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Minai, U. (2005) “Direct Approach to Inference in Child Language: A Case Study of Every.” Oral presentation, The Eleventh Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition, University of Siena, Italy.
  • Minai, U. (2005) “Toward Children’s Logical Inferences: A Preliminary Report.” Poster presentation, The Second International Workshop on Evolutionary Cognitive Sciences--In Pursuit of Language-Brain Interactions: Language Acquisition, Sentence Processing, and Neurolinguistics, 21st Century COE Program, University of Tokyo, Japan.
  • Minai, U. & S. Crain (2005) “The Interaction of Quantificational Expressions in Child Semantics.” Oral presentation, Linguistic Society of America 2005 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, USA.
  • Minai, U. & S. Crain (2004) “Semantic Interactions of Quantificational Expressions in Child Language.” Oral presentation, First Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America, University of Hawai'i, Manoa, USA.
  • Minai, U., T. Goro & S. Crain (2004) “Covert Downward Entailment in Child English and Japanese.” Oral presentation, The First Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America, University of Hawai'i, Manoa, USA.
  • Goro, T., U. Minai & S. Crain (2004) “Boolean Conjunction in Child Japanese.” General poster presentation, The First Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America, University of Hawai'i, Manoa, USA.
  • Goro, T., U. Minai & S. Crain (2004) “Two Disjunctions for the Price of ONLY One.” Oral presentation, The Twenty-ninth Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston University, Boston, USA.
  • Crain, S., T. Goro & U. Minai (2004) “Bringing Out the Logic in Child Language.” Poster presentation, The Thirty-fifth North Eastern Linguistic Society, University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA.
  • Minai, U. & L. Meroni (2004) “Children’s Knowledge of the Entailments at a Distance.” Oral presentation, The Fifth Tokyo Conference on Psycholinguistics, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Minai, U. &j S. Crain (2004) “Entailments at a Distance in Child Language.” Oral presentation, Linguistic Society of America 2004 Annual Meeting, Boston, USA.
  • Meroni, L., U. Minai, A. Gualmini and S. Crain (2003) “If Everybody Knows, Then Every Child Knows.”  Oral presentation, The Tenth Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition, Utrecht University, Netherlands. 
  • Minai, U. (1999) “The Acquisition of Japanese Passives.” Oral presentation, Ninth Japanese/Korean Linguistics Conference, Ohio State University, Columbus, USA.

Teaching

  • Fall, 2013 (upcoming)
    LING425/709: First Language Acquisition I
    LING720:Research Methods in Linguistics
  • Spring, 2013
    LING570/EALC570: The Structure of Japanese
    LING700/ANTH725: Introduction to Linguistic Science
  • Fall, 2012
    LING720: Research Methods in Linguistics
    LING910: FLA Seminar - Quantifier Scope in Child Language
  • Spring, 2012
    LING425/709: First Language Acquisition I
    LING570/EALC570: The Structure of Japanese
  • Spring, 2011
    LING331/731: Semantics
  • Fall, 2010
    LING420/720: Research Methods in Linguistics
    LING107: Introductory Linguistics, Honors
  • Spring, 2010
    LING491/910: FLA Seminar - Semantic Interpretation in Child Language
    LING700: Introduction to Linguistic Science
  • Fall, 2009
    LING425/709: First Language Acquisition I
    LING700: Introduction to Linguistic Science
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