Ayaka Sugawara (菅原 彩加) Last update: February, 2017
I'm a lecturer of linguistics at Mie University in Mie, Japan (For some reason an "associate professor" is an official title specified by the university though I am not tenured). My main interests are first language acquisition, semantics, pragmatics, interaction of prosody and semantics, and sentence processing.

I finished my PhD dissertation "The role of Question-Answer Congruence (QAC) in child language and adult sentence processing" at MIT in 2016.
I received my B.A. and M.A. in English linguistics from the University of Tokyo.
ayakasug at ars.mie-u.ac.jp
ayakasug at alum.mit.edu

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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mie University
1577 Kurimamachiya-cho
Tsu-city, Mie 514-8507 Japan


Research (some papers are available)

I am at College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Mie University
We hosted FAJL8!

I am from MIT Linguistics Department
I am an editor of Semantics-Syntax Interface journal
I played violin in New Philharmonia Orchestra

A picture of me from a Halloween family concert in 2011.
We do not usually play in costumes.

My current projects include
  • Child language acquisition and adult sentence processing of the focus-sensitive particle only and the role of Question-Answer Congruence (QAC)
  • Experimental approach to the English Rise-Fall-Rise (RFR) contour in sentences with a universal quantifier and negation and its semantic consequences.
  • Related to English RFR: Experimental approach to Japanese Contrastive Topic
  • Accent patterns of Japanese given names
  • Second person use of "zibun" ('self') in Kansai Japanese
My previous projects include
  • First language acquisition of Antecedent Contained Deletion (ACD) sentences
  • Semantics of the morpheme -ish
  • Syntax of Topicalization (esp. Split Topicalization phenomenon) of Japanese.
Also I am involved in projects on the semantics and syntax of Persian "become" (joint work with Negin Ilkhanipour), and on Event-related Potential (ERP) of Blocking Effect in English and Japanese, and perception of vowel length duration by L2 learners of Japanese (using ERP) (joint work with Miwako Hisagi, Valerie Shafer, Shigeru Miyagawa, Hadas Kotek, and Dimitrios Pantazis).