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Summer school&Intensive lectures

Mutsumi Imai (May 15-19, 2017). Word meaning representation and lexical acquisition. Intensive lectures, Intensive Lectures, St. Charles University.

Mutsumi Imai (July 4-8 2016). Language acquisition and the symbol grounding problem. International Cognitive Science Summer School. New Bulgaria University, Sophia, Bulgaria.

Invited talks

Mutsumi Imai (August 13, 2017). The mental functions of classifiers. Invited talk at the workshop on numeral classifiers and classifier languages. Yonsei University Underwood International College, Yonsei International Campus. Incheon, Korea.

Mutsumi Imai (July 10, 2017). Sound symbolism and the symbol grounding problem. Invited lecture. Warwick University. Coventry, UK.

Mutsumi Imai (July 7, 2017) Symbol grounding and de-grounding in language acquisition and evolution: The case of sound-symbolism. Invited talk. CLS-MPI Iconicity Focus Group workshop “Types of iconicity in language use, development, and processing.”

Mutsumi Imai (May 22, 2017) Lexicalization patterns in Japanese motion verbs and its influence on cognition. Invited lecture. Masaryk University, Bruno, Czech Republic

Mutsumi Imai (November 17, 2016). Abductive inference in learning of word meanings and scientific concepts in young children. Invited talk for the Leipzig University Department of Educational Psychology Colloquium Series. Leipzig University, Leipzig, Germany

Lectures delivered at the International Summer School at New Bulgaria University (July 4-8, 2016)

Mutsumi Imai (November 19, 2015) Abductive inference in word learning and scientific discovery. Invited speech at the workshop “Communicative and Social Competencies in Early Childhood Development and Learning” Leipzig University, Leipzig, Germany

Imai,M. Asano, M., Thierry, G., Kita, S. Kitajo, K., & Okada, H. (March 19, 2015). Developmental Change in the Neural Response of Sound Symbolism Paper presented at the symposium: Sound Symbolism: New Insights into its Role in Language Development. Biannual Meeting of the Society of Research in Child Development. (SRCD). Philadelphia, PA. March 19.

Saji, N. Oishi,M. Asano, A. & Imai, M. (March 19, 2015). The developmental process of organizing a semantic domain: the case of Japanese color word learning. Poster presented at the Biannual Meeting of the Society of Research in Child Development. (SRCD). Philadelphia, PA. March 19.

Asano, M., Kitajo, K., Thierry, G., Kita, S., Okada, H., & Imai, M. (March 19, 2015). Eleven-month-old Infants Process Sound Symbolism Based on Both Perceptual Integration and Semantic Processing Mechanisms. Poster presented at the Biannual Meeting of the Society of Research in Child Development. (SRCD). Philadelphia, PA. March 19.

Matsui, T. & Imai, M. (March 19, 2015). Autistic children prefer to learn a new word from a confident speaker. Poster presented at the Biannual Meeting of the Society of Research in Child Development. (SRCD). Philadelphia, PA. March 19.

Mutsumi Imai (September 27, 2014). The Sound symbolism bootstrapping hypothesis for language acquisition and language evolution. Plenary lecture at the 1st conference of the International Association of Cognitive Semiotics, Lund University, Sweden.

Mutsumi Imai (September 23, 2014). Influence of grammatical gender on German speakers’ deductive reasoning. Invited lecture for a colloquium series at the Center for the Research on Bilingualism, University of Stockholm, Sweden.

Mutsumi Imai (March 3, 2014). The Sound-Symbolism Bootstrapping Hypothesis for Language Acquisition and Language Evolution. Invited lecture, Institute of Linguistics, National Taiwan University, Taipei City, Taiwan

Mutsumi Imai (March 11, 2013). Sound symbolism: Neural representation and relation to language development. Invited Talk presented at CNSR, University of Paris, Descartes. Centre Biome´dical des Saints Pe`res, Paris, March 11, 2013

Mutsumi Imai (November 23, 2012). The relation between language and thought: count/mass syntax and the notion of individuation. Talk presented at the research seminar at th Department of Linguistics, National Taiwan University.

Mutsumi Imai (November 23, 2012). Sound symbolism bootstraps language learning. Talk presented at the research seminar at the Department of Psychology, National Taiwan University.

Mutsumi Imai (May 5, 2012). Evolution of verb meanings in children and L2 adult learners through reorganization of an entire semantic domain: The case of Chinese carry/hold verbs. CLDC2012(The 6th conference on Language, Discourse and Cognition. Invited Speech. National Taiwan University

Mutsumi Imai (February 21, 2012). Bootstrapping mechanism in young children’s verb learning. Talk presented at a research seminar at the City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Mutsumi Imai (February 20, 2012). Evolution of verb meanings in children and L2 adult learners through reorganization of an entire semantic domain: The case of Chinese carry/hold verbs. Talk presented at a research seminar at the City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Mutsumi Imai (December 1, 2011). The Influence of Grammatical Gender on German Speakers’ Reasoning about Biological Properties of Animals. Talk presented at a colloquium at Bangor University, Department of Psychology and the Center for Bilingualism Research.

Mutsumi Imai (November 8, 2011). Bootstrapping mechanism in young children’s verb learning. Talk presented at a colloquium at Northwestern University SILC center. Evanston, IL, USA.

Mutsumi Imai (March 10, 2011) How do nominal classification systems affect thought? : The case of classifiers and grammatical gender. Keio Global COE International Symposium, Keio University, Japan.

Mutsumi Imai (March 2, 2011) Relation between count/mass syntax and the ontological concept about individuation: From a psychological perspective. The City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Mutsumi Imai (February 28, 2011) Influence of classifiers on conceptual structure in children and adults. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Mutsumi Imai (July 2, 2010) Evolution of verb meanings in children and L2 adult learners through reorganization of an entire semantic domain: The case of Chinese carry/hold verbs. Key note talk presented at the Reading in Chinese and related Asian Language Conference. OISE, University of Toronto. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Mutsumi Imai (March 24, 2010) Relation between count/mass syntax and the ontological concept about individuation: From a psychological perspective. Lecture given at a colloquium sponsored by the Department of Linguistics and Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto, Canada

Mutsumi Imai (March 22, 2010). Relation between Grammatical Categories and Thought: Not Whether, but When and How Department of Psychology, McMaster University, Canada.

Mutsumi Imai (March 26-27, 2010). The role of sound symbolism in early word learning: Invited talk for the workshop “Sound Symbolism: Challenging the Arbitrariness of Language” Emory University, Atlanta

Imai, M. , Saalbach, H. & Shalk, L.(2009, July). Mrs. Giraffe and Mr. Elephant: The Influence of Grammatical Gender on German Children’s Deductive Reasoning about Biological Properties of Animals. Talk presented at the symposium: “The Interface between Language and Thought: Current Directions” moderated by D. Roberson & A. Majid. The 31st annual conference of Cognitive Science Society. Amsterdam: The Netherland. (July 30, 2009).

Mutsumi Imai (July, 2009) Novel Noun and Verb Learning in Chinese, Japanese, and English Preschoolers. Paper presented at the invited symposium “Learning nouns and verbs.” The Eleventh Annual International Conference of the Japanese Society for Language Sciences (JSLS2009). (July 4, 2009)

Mutsumi Imai (February, 2009). Role of sound symbolism in language evolution and language development: implications from a child corpus study and a brain imaging study. Invited talk given at the workshop “Universals of sound-symbolism.” Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. Nijmegen, The Netherland. (February 26, 2009).

Mutsumi Imai, Sotaro Kita, Noburo Saji and Katerina Kantartzis (February, 2009). Some methodological explorations for uncovering universal sound symbolism in the motion domain. nvited talk given at the workshop “Universals of sound-symbolism.” Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. Nijmegen, The Netherland. (February 26, 2009).

Imai, M. (November, 2008). Sound iconicity bootstraps verb meaning acquisition. Talk given for the “Colloquium on Language Development and Cognition” at Bangor University, Bangor, UK. (November 20, 2008).

Imai, M. (July, 2008). Children’s use argument structure, meta-knowledge of the lexicon, and extra-linguistic contextual cues in inferring meanings of novel verbs. Invited lecture given at the 15th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar. Keihanna, Japan (July 30, 2008).

Imai, M. (June, 2008). Expressing motion events through mimetics: An alternative way of motion lexicalization in Japanese. Invited paper presented a workshop Human locomotion across languages. Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nejimegen, the Netherland, (June 6, 2008)

Imai, M. (March, 2008). Early acquisition of nouns and verbs: the role of universal conceptual constraints, word learning biases and syntactic cues. Paper presented at the invited symposium “Continuity in language acquisition.” Sixteenth International Conference of Infant Studies. Vancouver, Canada. March 28, 2008.

Imai, M. (December, 2007). Influence of classifiers on conceptual structure in children and adults. Keynote Speech given at the 12th International Conference on the Processing of East Asia Related Languages (PEARL). National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan (December 29, 2007)

Imai, M. (December, 2006). Influence of language and culture on categories and inductive reasoning in children. Lecture given at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Zurich, Switzerland. (December 11, 2006).

Imai, M. (December, 2006). Universality and language-specificity in novel verb learning in young children: a crosslinguistic perspective. Lecture given at Max Planck Institue for Psycholinguistics. Nejimegen, Netherland. (December 5, 2006).

Imai, M. (September, 2006). Universality and language-specificy in novel verb learning in young children:a crosslinguistic perspective. Lecture given at the “Language and Cognition Seminer.” University of Birmingham. Birmingham, UK. (July 25, 2006).

Imai, M. & Saalbach, H. (July, 2006) Influence of Language, Culture, and Universal Cognitive Constraints on the Everyday Object Concepts. Paper presented at the invited symposium “Influence of Culture and Language on Concepts and Cognitive Functions.” The 5th International Conference on Cognitive Science (ICCS), Vancouver, Canada. (July 26, 2006)

Imai, M., Nagumo, M., Kita, S., Haryu, E. & Kajikawa, S. (June, 2006). Sound iconicity bootstraps verb meaning acquisition. Paper presented at an invited symposium “What we can learn by studying infants learning a non-European language: Phonological foundations for word learning in Japanese.” XVth International Conference of Infant Studies, Kyoto, Japan (June 22, 2006)

Imai, M. (June, 2005) Does the classifier system influence our conceptual structure? Invited paper presented at the conference “Words and the World: How words capture human experience.” Lihigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA. (June 7, 2005)

Imai, M. Universal and language -specific factors influencing early verb learning. Invited Symposium at the 28th International Congress of Psychology, Beijing, China. (2004, August 13th)

Imai, M. (August, 2002) Word learning in Japanese children: Implications for theories of lexical development. Lecture given at Psychology Development, University of British Columbia.

Imai, M. Universal and language-specific constraints children use in bulding up the mental lexicon. (March, 2002). Invited lecture presented at the 9th International Conference on Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Machine Translation (TMI 2002). Keihanna, Japan.

Imai, M. (March, 2001). How Japanese children learn meanings of nouns and verbs. Lecture given at the Center for the Study of Reading and the Department of Asian Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Imai, M. (August, 2000). Universality and cross-linguistic difference in the construal of individuation. Paper presented at the invited symposium ‘Language and thought’. Thinking 2000, Durham University, Durham, UK.

Imai, M., Kobayashi, I., Ozaki, T., & Furukawa, K. (July, 2000). Mechanism of lexical development. Paper presented at the 17th Machine Intelligence workshop. Bury St. Edmonds, UK.

Imai, M. (1999, July). Different kinds of similarity for classification and inductive inference. Invited Paper presented at the invited synposium ‘Nature of human concepts and categories.’ The 2nd International Conference on Cognitive Sciences. Tokyo, Japan.

Imai, M. (1997, March). The semantics of Front/Back.Left/Right: the determinants of the perspective system selection. Invited Paper presented at the International Workshop on Human Interface Technology. Aizu University, Aizu, Fukushima.

Imai, M. & Gentner, D. (1994, April). The linguistic input and the projection of noun meanings. Paper presented at a symposium at Child Language Research Forum. Stanford, California.

 





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