Island sensitivity of Japanese double relatives
- For my dissertation project, I have run a series of factorial-design acceptability experiments to examine (i) whether relativization out of a relative clause island (double relative) in Japanese exhibits an island effect, and (ii) which factors modulate the size of the relative clause island effect in English and Japanese.
- Results presented in multiple conferences (CUNY 34, CAMP 4, CLS 58, HSP 36).
Presupposition of ‘only’
- I conducted multiple experiments to find out what is presupposed by English focus marker ‘only’; is it the prejacent of the sentence (e.g., “John ate only bananas” presupposes that “John ate (at least) bananas”), or something else? My focus is on whether a certain experimental paradigm, namely the one that proffers alternative propositions in the form of response options, can change the presuppositional component of ‘only’.
- Presented at AMLaP 2021 (slides)
Scalar implicature in online experiments
- I examined the effect of presentation modality (video/picture/text), as well as the presence of an in-person experimenter, on the way participants engage in pragmatic reasoning, with a focus on the well-known “some-but-not-all” implicature.
- Presented at 2022 Experiments in Linguistic Meaning (slides)
computational modelling of island constraints in Japanese
- I evaluated neural language models like LSTM and GPT-2 to find out if they are capable of capturing grammatical constraints like islands in Japanese.
- Findings to be presented at SCiL 6 (link to proceedings)
- Evaluating correlations between environmental and linguistic features (presented at 2022 JcoLE workshop “Machine Learning and the Evolution of Language”; slides)
- English-speaking children’s acquisition of passive structures (write-up available here)
- Japanese-speaking children’s acquisition of the syntactic constraints on floating quantifiers (write-up available here)
- Examination of verb restructuring in purpose clause and gerundive clause in Japanese (write-up available here)