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2017

Imai, M. (2017).  The “Symbol Grounding Problem” reinterpreted from the perspective of language acquisition.  In J.Zlatev, Sonesson, G., P. Konderak (Eds.). Meaning, Mind and Communication; Explorations in Cognitive Semiotics. pp145-160. Frunkfurt am Mein: Peterlang. >online

Abbot-Smith, K., Imai,M. Durrant,S. & Nurmsoo, E. (2017). The role of timing and prototypical causality on how preschoolers fast-map novel verb meanings.  First Language. 37, 186–204. DOI: 10.1177/0142723716679800. >online

2016

Imai, M., Kanero, J., & Masuda, T.(2016). The Relation between Language, Culture and Thought. Current Opinion in Psychology, 8, 70–77. >online

2015

Saji, N., Asano, M., Oishi, M., & Imai, M. (2015). How do children construct the color lexicon? : Restructuring the domain as a connected system. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. >online

Malt, B.C., Gennari, S., Imai, M., Ameel, E., Saji, N., & Majid, A. (in press). Where are the concepts? What words can and can’t reveal. Chapter to appear in E. Margolis and S. Laurence (Eds.), Concepts: New
Directions. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. >> The Conceptual Mind

Imai, M., & Kanero, J. (2015) The nature of the count/mass distinction in Japanese. In. J.J. Nakayama (Ed). Handbook of Japanese Psycholinguistics. (In Handbooks of Japanese Language and Linguistics Series) Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter Mouton. Pp.49-80. >> Handbook of Japanese Psycholinguistics

Kanero, J., Imai, M., Okada, H. & Hoshino, N. (2015). Do classifiers make the syntactic count/mass distinction? Insights from ERPs in classifier processing in Japanese. Journal of Memory and Language, 83, 20-52.

Imai, M., Miyazaki, M., Yeung, Henny, Hidaka, S, Kantartzis, K, Okada, H., and Kita, S. (2015) Sound symbolism facilitates word learning in 14-month-olds. PLOS ONE. >online

Asano,M. , Imai,M. ,Kita,S. ,Kitajo,K. , Okada,H. Thierry, G. (2015). Sound Symbolism Scaffolds Language Development in Preverbal Infants. Cortex, 63, 196–205. >online

2014

Imai, M. & Kita, S.(2014). The sound symbolism bootstrapping hypothesis for language acquisition and language evolution. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Soceity B, 369(1651). >PDF

Kanero J, Imai M, Okuda J, Okada H, Matsuda T (2014). How Sound Symbolism Is Processed in the Brain: A Study on Japanese Mimetic Words PLoS ONE9(5): e97905. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0097905 >ONLINE

Malt, B., Ameel, E., Imai,M., Gennari,S. , Saji,N., & Majid, A. (2014) Human Locomotion in Languages: Constraints on Moving and Meaning. Journal of Memory and Language, 74, 107-123.

Imai, M. , Schalk, L., Saalbach, H., & Okada, H. (2014). All giraffes have female-specific properties: Influence of grammatical gender on deductive reasoning about sex-specific properties in German speakers. Cognitive Science, 38, 514–536. >PDF

2013

Saji, N. , Akita, K., Imai, M., Kantartzis, K., Kita, S. Cross-linguistically shared and language-specific sound symbolism for motion: An exploratory data mining approach. In the Proceedings of the 35th Annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. pp. 1253-1258.>PDF

Miyazaki, M., Hidaka, S., Imai, M., Yeung, H, H., Kantartzis, K., Okada, H., Kita, S. The facilitatory role of sound symbolism in infant word learning. In the Proceedings of the 35th Annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. pp. 3080-3085.>PDF

Imai, M., & Kanero, J. (to appear) The nature of the count/mass distinction in Japanese. In. J.J. Nakayama (Ed). Handbook of Japanese Psycholinguistics. (In Handbooks of Japanese Language and Linguistics Series) Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter Mouton.

Malt, B.C., Gennari, S., Imai, M., Ameel, E., Saji, N., & Majid, A. (in press). Where are the concepts? What words can and can’t reveal. Chapter to appear in E. Margolis and S. Laurence (Eds.), Concepts: New Directions. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Imai, M. & Masuda, T. (2013). The role of language and culture in universality and diversity of human concepts. In M.Gelfand, CY. Chiu,& Y. Hong ( Eds.). Advances in Culture and Psychology, Vol. 3. Oxford University Press. Pp 1-61.>PDF

Saji, N & Imai, M (2013). Evolution of verb meanings in children and L2 adult learners through reorganization of an entire semantic domain: The case of Chinese carry/hold verbs. Scientific Research in Reading, Special issue: Reading in Chinese,17, 71-88. >PDF

2012

Saalbach, H., Imai, M. & Shalk, L. (2012) Grammatical gender and inferences about biological properties in German-speaking children. Cognitive Science, 36, 1251-1267. >PDF

Saalbach, H. & Imai, M. (2012). The Relation between Linguistic Categories and Cognition: The case of numeral classifiers. Language and Cognitive Processes, 27, 381-428. >PDF

2011

Akita, K. , Imai, M., Saji, N., Kantartzis, K., & Kita, S. (2011). Mimetic Vowel Harmony in Japanese. B. Frellesvig & P. Sells (Eds.), Japan/Korean Linguistics, 20, CSLI Publications.

Go¨ksun, T., Hirsh-Pasek, K, Golinkoff, R. M., Imai, M., Konishi, H., & Okada, H. (2011). Who is crossing where?: Infants’ discrimination of figures and grounds in events. Cognition, 121(2):176-195. >PDF

Saalbach, H. & Imai, M. (2011). The Relation between Linguistic Categories and Cognition: The Case of Numeral Classifiers. Language and Cognitive Processes. DOI:10.1080/01690965.2010.546585. >PDF

Saji, N., Imai, M., Saalbach, H., Zhang, Y., Shu, H., & Okada, H. (2011) Word learning does not end at fast-mapping: Evolution of verb meanings through reorganization of an entire semantic domain. Cognition, 118(1):45-61. >PDF

Kantartzis, K., Imai, M. & Kita, S. (2011). Japanese sound symbolism facilitates word learning in English speaking children. Cognitive Science, 35, 575-586. >PDF

Haryu, E., Imai, M., & Okada, H. (2011). Object Similarity Bootstraps Young Children to Action-Based Verb Extensions. Child Development, 82-2, 674-686. >PDF

2010

Imai, M. & Saalbach, H. (2010). Categories in mind and categories in language: Are classifier categories reflection of the mind? In B. Malt & P. Wolff (Eds.), Words and the mind: How words capture human experience. New York: Oxford University Press. Pp. 138-164.>PDF

Imai, M., Saalbach, H. and Stern, E. (2010). Are Chinese and German children taxonomic, thematic or shape biased?: Influence of classifiers and cultural contexts. Frontiers in Psychology doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2010.00194 Download

Saji,N., Kajita, Y.,Imai,M. (2010). Learning Verb System in Second Language: the Influence of Lexical Knowledge of L1 in Learning the Relationships between the Meanings of Verbs in L2. Second Language, 9, 83-100.

Imai, M., Schalk, L., Saalbach, H. & Okada, H. (2010). Influence of grammatical gender on deductive reasoning about sex-specific properties of animals. In the Proceedings of the 32nd Annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. pp. 1160-1165. >PDF

Arata, M., Imai, M., Okuda, J., Okada, H. & Matsuda, T. (2010). Gesture in language: How sound symbolic words are processed in the brain. In the Proceedings of the 32nd Annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. pp. 1374-1379. >PDF

Malt,B. Gennari, S. & Imai, M. (2010). Lexicalization Patterns and the World-to-Words Mapping. In B. Malt & P. Wolff (Eds.), Words and the mind: How words capture human experience. New York: Oxford University Press. 29-57.

Maguire, M. Hirsh-Pasek,K., Golinkoff, R., Imai, M., Haryu, E., Vanegas,S. Okada, H.,Pulverman, R., Sanchez-Davis, B. (2010). A developmental shift from similar to language specific strategies in verb acquisition: A comparison of English, Spanish, and Japanese. Cognition, 114, 299-319.

Kita, S., Kantartzis, K., & Imai, M. (2010). Children learn sound symbolic words better: Evolutionary vestige of sound symbolic protolanguage. In A. D. M. Smith, M. Schouwstra, B. de Boer & K. Smith (Eds.), The evolution of language: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference (EVOLANG8), 206-213. Singapore: World Scientific.

2008

Imai, M. Kita, S., Nagumo, M. & Okada, H. (2008) Sound symbolism facilitates early verb learning. Cognition 109, 54-65.. >PDF

Imai, M. (2008). Children’s use of argument structure, meta-knowledge of the lexicon, and extra-linguistic contextual cues in inferring meanings of novel verbs. In S. M醇・ler (Eds.), The Proceedings of HPSG08 conference, 417-435. Palo Alto, USA: CSLI publications.

Saji, N., Saalbach, H., Imai, M, Zhang, Y., Shu, H., & Okada, H. (2008). Fast-mapping and Reorganization: Development of Verb Meanings as a System. Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society(pp. 703-708). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. . >PDF

Imai, M., Li, L., Haryu, E., Okada, H., Hirsh-Pasek, K., Golinkoff, R. & Shigematsu, J. (2008). Novel noun and verb learning in Chinese-, English-, and Japanese-speaking children. Child Development. 79, 979-1000.

Malt, B., Gennari, S., Imai, M., Ameel, E., Tsuda, N. & Majid, A. (2008). Talking about Walking: Biomechanics and the Language of Locomotion. Psychological Science,, 19, 232-240. >PDF

2007

Saalbach, H. &; Imai, M. (2007). The scope of linguistic influence: Does a classifier system alter object concepts? Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. , 136, 485-501. >PDF

Imai, M. & Mazuka, R. (2007). Revisiting language universals and linguistic relativity: language-relative construal of individuation constrained by universal ontology. Cognitive Science, 31,385-414. >PDF

2006

Saalbach, H. & Imai, M. (2006). Categorization, Label Extension, and Inductive Reasoning in Chinese and German Preschoolers: Influence of a Classifier System and Universal Cognitive Constraints. Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 703-708). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. >PDF

Imai, M. (2006). Mechanism of lexical development: Implications from Japanese children’s word learning. In M. Nakayama, R.Mazuka, and Y. Shirai,(Eds.), Handbook of Japanese Psycholinguistics. Cambridge Uniresity Press. Pp. 48-55.

Imai, M, Haryu, E, Okada, H., Li, L. & Shigematsu, J. (2006). Revisiting the noun-verb debate: a crosslinguistic comparison of novel noun and verb learning in English-, Japanese- and Chinese-speaking children. In K. Hirsh-Pasek and R. Golinkoff (Eds.), Action meets word: How children learn verbs, Oxford University Press. pp.450-476

2005

Saalbach, H., & Imai, M. (2005). Do Classifier Categories Structure our Concepts? In B. G. Bara, L. Barsalou & M. Bucciarelli (Eds.), Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1901-1906). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Haryu, E., Imai, M., Okada, H., Li, L., Meyer, M. Hirsh-Pasek, K., &Golinkoff, R. (2005). Noun bias in Chinese children: novel noun and verb learning in Chinese, Japanese and English preschoolers. In A. Grugos, M. Clark-Cotton, & S. Ha. (Eds.), Proceedings the 29th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Sommerville, MA:Cascadilla Press. (pp.272-283)

Imai, M., Haryu, E., & Okada, H. (2005). Mapping novel nouns and verbs onto dynamic action events: Are verb meanings easier to learn than noun meanings for Japanese children? Child Development, 76, 340-355. Please send me e-mail for PDF.

2004

Imai, M & Haryu, E. (2004). The nature of word learning biases: From a cross linguistic perspective. In D. G. Hall & S. Waxman, (Eds.), Weaving a lexicon. MIT Press. pp. 411-444.

Middleton, E. Wisniewski, E., Trindel, K., & Imai, M. (2004) Separating the chaff from the oats: Evidence fro a conceptual distinction between count noun and mass noun aggregates. Journal of Memory and Language, 50, 371-394.

2003

Imai, M. & Mazuka, R. (2003). Re-evaluation of linguistic relativity: Language-specific categories and the role of universal ontological knowledge in the construal of individuation. In D. Gentner & S. Goldin-Meadow (Eds.), Language in Mind: Advances in the issues of language and thought. MIT Press. pp430-464.

2002

Haryu, E. & Imai, M. (2002). Reorganizing the lexicon by learning a new word: Japanese children’s interpretation of the meaning of a new word for a familiar artifact. Child Development. 73, 1378-1391.

Gentner, D., Imai, M., & Boroditsky, L. (2002). As time goes by: Evidence for two systems in processing space-time metaphors. Language and Cognitive Processes, 17(5), 537-565.

Imai, M., Haryu, E., & Okada, H. (2002). Is verb learning easier than noun learning for Japanese children? : 3-year-old Japanese children’s knowledge about object names and action name. Proceedings of the 26th Boston University Conference of Language Development. Vol. 1, 324-335.

2001

Imai, M .& Haryu, E. (2001). Learning proper nouns and common nouns without clues from syntax. Child Development, 72(3), 787-803. Please send me e-mail for PDF

2000

Imai, M. (2000).’Universal ontological knowledge and a bias toward language-specific categories in the construal of individuation. In S. Niemeier & R. Dirven (Eds.), Evidence for Linguistic Relativity. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. pp.139-160.

1999

Imai, M., Nakanishi, T., Miyashita, H., Kidachi, Y. & Ishizaki, S. (1999). The meanings of FRONT /BACK /LEFT /RIGHT. 認知科学, 6(2), 207-225.

Imai, M. & Haryu, E. (1999). Word learning without aid from syntax: How do Japanese children learn proper nouns and common nouns? The Proceedings of the 23rd Boston University Conference on Language Development .pp.277-288. Somerville, Mass: Cascadilla Press.

Imai, M. (1999). Constraint on word learning constraints. Japanese Psychological Research, 41(1) 5-20.

Haryu, E. & Imai, M. (1999). Controling the application of the mutual exclusivity assumption in the acquisition of lexical hierarchies. Japanese Psychological Research, 41(1),21-34.

Uchida, N. & Imai, M. (1999). Heuristics in learning classifiers: The implications from the acquisition of the classifier system on the nature of lexical acquisition. Japanese Psychological Research, 41(1),50-69.

1997

Imai, M. & Gentner, D. (1997). A crosslinguistic study on constraints on early word meaning: Linguistic influence vs. universal ontology. Cognition, 62, 169-200.

Muehleisen, V. & Imai, M. (1997). ‘Transitivity and the incorporation of Ground information in Japanese path verbs. In K. Lee, E. Sweetwer, & M. Verspoor (Eds.) Lexical and syntactic constructions and the construction of meaning.pp.329-346. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

1996

Wisneiwski,E. , Imai, M & Casey, L. (1996). On the equivalence of superoridinate concepts. Cognition, 60, 269-298.

Imai, M. (1996). Asymmetry in the taxonomic assumption: word learning vs. property induction. Child Language Research Forum, 27. pp.157-167.

1995

Gentner, D. & Imai, M. (1995). Further examination of the shape bias in early word learning. Child Language Research Forum, 26. pp.167-176.

1994

Imai, M., Gentner, D. & Uchida, N. (1994). Children’s theories of word meanings: The role of shape similarity in early acquisition. Cognitive Development, 9. pp.45-75

Imai, M. & Gentner, D. (1994). Linguistic relativity vs. universal ontology: Cross-linguistic studies of the object/substance distinction. The proceedings of the 29th Chicago Linguistic Society. pp.171-186

1992

Imai, M., Anderson, R., Willkinson, I. & Yi, H. (1992). Properties of attention during reading lessons. Journal of Educational Psychology, 84, pp.160-173.

Gentner, D. & Imai, M. (1992). ‘Is the future always ahead? Evidence for system-mappings in understanding space-time metaphors’. The Proceedings of the Forteenth Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, pp.510-515. Lawrence Erlbaum.

1989

Mason, J. M., Anderson, R. C., Omura, A., Uchida, N. and Imai, M. (1989). Learning to read in Japan. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 21, pp.389-407.





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