Ayaka Sugawara （菅原 彩加） Last update: May 31, 2014
I'm a fourth-year PhD student (as of May 2014) in linguistics at MIT. I received my B.A. and M.A. in English linguistics from the University of Tokyo. My main interests are first language acquisition, semantics, pragmatics, interaction of prosody and semantics, and sentence processing.
ayakasug at mit dot edu
MIT Linguistics and Philosophy
77 Massachusetts Ave, 32-D808
Cambridge, MA 02139
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I am at MIT Linguistics Department
I am an editor of Semantics-Syntax Interface journal
I am co-organizing NELS 45 at MIT!
I play violin in New Philharmonia Orchestra
A picture from a Halloween family concert in 2011.
We do not usually play in costumes.
My current projects include
My lifelong research question and motivation to do linguistics is "why do only human beings speak language?" and "How come children develop the mapping between sound and meaning so efficiently?" My focus is on sentence-level interpretations, rather than lexical acquisition.