RIKEN BRAIN SCIENCE INSTITUTE (RIKEN BSI)

Faculty Detail / 研究室詳細

Reiko Mazuka, Ph.D.

- We aim to understand the mechanism of human language acquisition through the investigation of Japanese phonological development.

Language Development

Senior Team Leader

Language acquisition, Prosody, Phonology

Reiko  Mazuka

Research Area

We investigate how young infants become interested in speech that surround them, and learn to be the speaker of that language. In particular, we focus on the role of 'prosody' (i.e., intonation, rhythm and other suprasegmental characteristics of the speech) in language acquisition. We study how infants become attuned to the prosodic characteristics of their ambient language, and how acquiring it would affect other domains of language development.

Selected Publications View All

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    Hawthorne K, Mazuka R, and Gerken L: "The acoustic salience of prosody trumps infants' acquired knowledge of language-specific prosodic patterns", Journal of Memory and Language, 82, 105-117 (2015)

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    Mazuka R: "Learning to become a native listener of Japanese", In M. Nakayama (Ed.), Handbook of Japanese Psycholinguistics, Chapter 2, 19-47 (2015)

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    Arai M, Nakamura C, and Mazuka R: "Predicting the unbeaten path through syntactic context", Journal of Experimental Psychology:Learning, Memory and Cognition, 41(2), 482-500 (2015)

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    Martin A, Schatz T, Versteegh M, Dupoux E, Mazuka R, Miyazawa K, and and Cristia A: "Mothers speak less clearly to infants: A comprehensive test of the hyperarticulation hypothesis", Psychological Science, 26(3), 341-347 (2015)

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    Tsuji S, Mazuka R, Cristia A, and Fikkert P,: "Even at 4 months, a labial is a good enough coronal, but not vice versa", Cognition, 134(2015), 252-256 (2015)

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    Hirose Y, and Mazuka R: "Predictive processing of novel compounds: Evidence from Japanese", Cognition(2015), 350-358 (2014)

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    Matsuda YT, Ueno K, Cheng K, Konishi Y, Mazuka R, and Okanoya K: "Auditory observation of infant-directed speech by mothers: experience-dependent interaction between language and emotion in the basal ganglia.", Front Hum Neurosci, 8, 907 (2014)

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    Martin A, Utsugi A, and Mazuka R: "The multidimensional nature of hyperspeech: Evidence from Japanese vowel devoicing.", Cognition, 132(2), 216-228 (2014)

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    Jincho N, Feng G, and Mazuka R: "Development of text reading in Japanese: An eye movement study", Reading and Wrting: an interdisciplinary Journal, 27, 1437-1465 (2014)

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    Gonzalez-Gomez N, Hayashi A, Tsuji S, Mazuka R, and Nazzi T: "The role of the input on the development of the LC bias: A crosslinguistic comparison.", Cognition, 132(3), 301-311 (2014)

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    Mazuka R, Hasegawa M, and Tsuji S: "Development of non-native vowel discrimination: Improvement without exposure.", Developmental Psychobiology, 56, 192-209 (2013)

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    Gervain J, Sebastian-Galles N, Diaz B, Laka I, Mazuka R, Yamane N, Nespor M, and Mehler J: "Word Frequency Cues Word Order in Adults: Cross-Linguistic Evidence.", Frontiers in Psychology, 4(689), doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00689. (2013)

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    Igarashi Y, Nishikawa K, Tanaka K, and Mazuka R: "Phonological theory informs the analysis of intonational exaggeration in Japanese infant-directed speech.", The Journal of Acoustical Society of America, 134(2), 1283-1294 (2013)

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    Bion R. A. H, Miyazawa K, Kikuchi H, and Mazuka R: "Learning phonemic vowel length from naturalistic recordings of Japanese infant-directed speech. ", PLOS ONE, 8(2), e51594 (2013)

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    Minai U, Jincho N, Yamane N, and Mazuka R: "What hinders child semantic computation: Children's universal quantification and the development of cognitive control.", J Child Lang , 39(5), 919-956 (2012)

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    Zervakis J, and Mazuka R: "Effect of Repeated Evaluation and Repeated Exposure on Acceptability Ratings of Sentences.", J Psycholinguist Res (2012)

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    Tsuji S, Gonzalez GN, Medina V, Nazzi T, and Mazuka R: "The labial-coronal effect revisited: Japanese adults say pata, but hear tapa.", Cognition, 125(3), 413-428 (2012)

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    Nakamura C, Arai M, and Mazuka R: "Immediate use of prosody and context in predicting a syntactic structure.", Cognition, 125(2), 317-323 (2012)

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    Nakamura C, Arai M, and Mazuka R: "Immediate use of prosody and context in predicting a syntactic structure.", Cognition (2012)

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    Ito K, Jincho N, Minai U, Yamane N, and Mazuka R: "Intonation facilitates contrast resolution: Evidence from Japanese adults and 6-year olds.", Journal of Memory and Language, 66(1), 265-284 (2012)

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