Howe Zemi Graduation Thesis Presentations
- Date: Wednesday 15th January
- Time: 9 a.m. to 1.10 p.m.
- Place: Bunkei Center 14th floor (学部共通室)
9.00 Shintaro BEPPU Is noun acquisition always the same or different in Japanese, English and Spanish? And does Universal Grammar help noun acquisition?
Shintaro examines acquisition of nouns by Japanese, English and Spanish-speaking children. Is acquisition identical across languages and what factors influence it? And what role, if any, does ‘Universal Grammar’ play?
9.25 Marina IDE Child language in English and Japanese in children’s movies
In her thesis, Marina examines child language and child-directed speech in the Japanese and English versions of Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Do the movies accurately reflect the language of and to children?
9.50 Misaki FURUKAWA How can we improve foreign language learning in Japan based on first language acquisition?
Misaki examines how we learn our first language(s), and asks whether foreign-language acquisition in Japan can be improved by following a native-language model.
10.15 Yurina INOUE Child words in adult language
In her thesis, Yurina examines typical children’s words and their characteristics, and asks why some child words have entered adult language.
10.40 Miki KAWAKUBO Playing with language: children and humour
In her thesis, Miki conducts an experiment with two children of different ages to examine to what extent they understand humour based on wordplay.
11.05 Mizuki KUROKI How children define differences in animals
In her thesis, Mizuki examines overextension (for example, categorising a fox as a dog) and how children of different ages define animals, both familiar and unfamiliar. Do they use shape, size, colour or other factors?
11.30 Yuki SAIGO Children’s morphology
Yuki examines morphology and children’s morphology in particular. She then reviews Jean Berko’s famous Wugs study.
11.55 Natsuko NAKAYAMA How the language of children’s books changes with children’s age
In her thesis, Natsuko examines Japanese and English children’s books. How does the language of the books change with children’s age?
12.20 Hirotaka TSUMAGARI Politeness in English and Japanese children
Hirotaka examines politeness and how children acquire it.
12.45 Makoto IMAI About colour
Makoto examines colour and language, and children’s acquisition of colour terms.