Yuriko Oshima-Takane

Academic title(s): 

Professor Emerita


Contact Information:


Email:  yuriko.oshima-takane[at]mcgill.ca


Mailing Address:
Department of Psychology
2001 McGill College Avenue
Montreal, QC
H3A 1G1


Yuriko Oshima-Takane

Research Areas:

Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience | Developmental Science | Quantitative & Modelling

Research Summary:

Prof. Oshima-Takane investigates the underlying mechanisms as well as environmental factors that together determine the course of early language development.  Her recent research in this area includes cross-linguistic study on early word learning in children and effects of linguistic input and social interactions on the development of language and communication.  In addition to her empirical studies, she conducts computer modelling experiments and network analysis to understand semantic representations and the developmental mechanisms in children.

Selected References:

Zvaigzne. M., Oshima-Takane, Y. & Hirakawa, M. (2019). How does language proficiency affects children’s iconic gesture use. Applied Psycholinguistics, 40. 555-583.

Oshima-Takane, Y. (2019). Toddlers’ use of a third party’s eye gaze information in verb-action mapping. Proceedings of 42nd Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Oshima-Takane, Y. (2017). Information processing approach to language acquisition: the debate between connectionists and words-and-rules theorists. In S. Iwatate & T. Ogura (Eds.) Understanding Language Acquisition, pp.108-111. Kyoto: Minerva

Okumura, Y., Kobayashi, T. & Oshima-Takane, Y. (2016). Language Development: Differences between Japanese and English. NTT Technical Journal 2016.9, 21-25.

Lippeveld, M. & Oshima-Takane, Y. (2015). Nouns to verbs and verbs to nouns: When do children acquire denominal verbs and deverbal nouns? Journal of Applied Psycholinguistics, 36(3) 559-588.

Lippeveld, M. & Oshima-Takane, Y. (2014). The effect of input on children’s cross-categorical use of polysemous noun-verb pairs. Language Acquisition, 22(3), 209-239.

Nakano, H., Rosalo, M. M., Oshima-Takane, Y., Pierce, L., & Tate, S.(2014). Electrophysiological response to omitted stimulus in sentence processing. Neuroreport, 25(14), 1169-1174.

Oshima-Takane, Y., Wang, S., Takane, M. & Takane, Y. (2014) Acquisition of personal pronouns in English: Neural network simulations by knowledge-based cascade correlation. Studies in Language Sciences. 13, 53-69.

Oshima-Takane, Y. (2014). Acquisition of personal pronouns. In P.Brooks, V. Kemp, & J.G. Golson (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Language Development,.pp.500-501. Sage Publications.


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