Ayaka Sugawara (菅原 彩加) Last update: October 23rd, 2015
I'm an Associate professor (lecturer) at Mie University in Mie, Japan. (For some reason that's an official title specified by the Japanese university though I am not tenured!) At the same time I am pursuing my PhD 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 ars.mie-u.ac.jp
ayakasug at mit dot edu
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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mie University
1577 Kurimamachiya-cho
Tsu-city, Mie 514-8507

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I am at College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Mie University
We are hosting 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 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 Under Discussion (QUD)
  • Experimental approach to Rise-Fall-Rise (RFR) contour in sentences with a universal quantifier and negation and its semantic consequences.
My previous projects include
  • First language acquisition of Antecedent Contained Deletion (ACD) sentences
  • Semantics of the morpheme -ish
  • Accent patterns of Japanese given names (this is a phonology project)
  • Syntax of Topicalization (esp. Split Topicalization phenomenon) of Japanese.
Also I am involved in projects 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).

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.