Kentaro Nakatani

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Name
Kentaro Nakatani
Nickname
Ken Nakatani
Affiliation
Konan University
Section
Faculty of Letters Department of English Literature and Language
Job title
Professor
Degree
Ph.D. in Linguistics(Harvard University)
Research funding number
80388751

Profile

My research interest lies in the mechanisms of human language that should reside in human brain. I'm especially interested in (i) the lexicon-syntax interface and (ii) the real time language comprehension and its relation to the use of memory resources.

I'm one of the organizers of a small study group called KCP (Kansai Circle of Psycholinguistics). Our monthly meeting is open for anyone who's interested in psycholinguistics. Grad and undergrad students are very welcome! Please see the URL below for details

http://www.konan-u.ac.jp/~nakatani/kcp/

Contact me at kentaron at konan-u dot ac dot jp

Academic & Professional Experience

 
Apr 2009
 - 
Today
Professor of Linguistics, Department of English, Konan University
 
Apr 2015
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Mar 2016
Visiting Scholar, Department of Linguistics, University of California, San Diego
 
Apr 2007
 - 
Mar 2009
Associate Professor of Linguistics, Department of English, Konan University
 
Sep 2007
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Mar 2008
Visiting Scholar, Department of Linguistics, Harvard University
 
Apr 2004
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Mar 2006
Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Department of English, Konan University
 

Education

 
Sep 1995
 - 
Mar 2004
Department of Linguistics, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
 
Apr 1992
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Mar 1995
Graduate Division of Foreign Studies, Sophia University
 
Apr 1987
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Mar 1992
Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Letters, The University of Tokyo
 

Books etc

 
ここから始める言語学プラス統計分析
Masatoshi Koizumi (Part:Contributor, Chapter 1 Morphology)
Kyoritsu   Apr 2016   ISBN:978-4-320-11120-2
Handbook of Japanese Lexicon and Word Formation
Taro Kageyama and Hideki Kishimoto (eds.) (Part:Contributor, Contributed Chapter 11 "Complex predicates with -te gerundive verbs" pp.387–424.)
De Gruyter Mouton   Feb 2016   ISBN:978-1614512752
語彙意味論の新たな可能性を探って
由本陽子・小野尚之(編) (Part:Contributor, 第6章「複動性・量子性から再考する達成・到達の区別」pp.157–183を執筆。)
開拓社   Nov 2015   ISBN:978-4-7589-2221-0
The Design, Development and Evolution of Language: Explorations in Biolinguistics
Koji Fujita, Naoki Fukui, Noriaki Yusa, Masayuki Ikeuchi (eds.) (Part:Contributor, Chapter 10)
Kaitakusha   Nov 2014   ISBN:9784758922050
複雑述語研究の現在 (ひつじ研究叢書(言語編)第109巻)
岸本秀樹・由本陽子 (Part:Contributor, 「使役連鎖の原則とテ形複雑述語におけるニ格の容認性」pp.99–124)
ひつじ書房   Feb 2014   ISBN:4894766566
Kentaro Nakatani
Kurosio Publishers   Mar 2013   ISBN:4874245781
When two verbs form a complex predicate, their syntactic and semantic properties are reduced to the point that they are regarded as a single predicate. But how are these “reduction” processes treated in our mind? This study addresses the question ...
影山太郎(編)
大修館書店   Mar 2009   ISBN:4469245410
第1章「語彙的アスペクト」(中谷健太郎・影山太郎)pp.14-42を共同執筆。
結果構文研究の新視点 (ひつじ研究叢書 言語編)
小野 尚之 (Part:Contributor)
Oct 2007   ISBN:489476346X

Published Papers

 
A study of the bump alternation in Japanese from the perspective of extended/onset causation
Natsuno Aoki and Kentaro Nakatani
Proceedings of the Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon   119-124   Dec 2016
Complex predicates with -te gerundive verbs
Kentaro Nakatani
Taro Kageyama and Hideki Kishimoto (eds.) Handbook of Japanese Lexicon and Word Formation   387-424   Feb 2016   [Refereed][Invited]
Hukudoosei, ryoosisei kara saikoo suru tassei, tootatu no kubetu [Distinction between accomplishment and achievement from the perspective of pluractionality and quantization.]
Kentaro Nakatani
Yoko Yumoto and Naoyuki Ono (eds.) Goiimiron no aratana kanoosei   157-183   Nov 2015   [Refereed][Invited]
A Judgment Study on Aspectual Diagnostics in Japanese
Kentaro Nakatani and Natsuno Aoki
Naonori Nagaya, Akiko Takemura and Timothy Vance (eds.) Japanese/Korean Linsuitics 22. Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications.   22 55-70   Mar 2015   [Refereed]
Integration Costs in the Processing of Japanese Wh-interrogative Sentences
Hajime Ono and Kentaro Nakatani
Studies in Language Sciences   13 13-31   Dec 2014   [Refereed]
An Experimental Study on Adjacency and Nominative/Genitive Alternation in Japanese
Satoshi Nambu and Kentaro Nakatani
MIT Working Papers in Linguistics 73: Proceedings of FAJL   131-142   Dec 2014   [Refereed]
Bunkaiseki to Kioku Sisutemu: Bunpooteki Izonkankei Kootiku ni okeru Kansyoo-kooka no Kentoo [The Human Sentence Processing System and the Memory Systems: A Study of Interference Effects on Grammatical Dependency Formation]
Hajime Ono, Miki Obata, Kentaro Nakatani
The Design, Develepment and Evolution of Language: Explorations in Biolinguistics   174-205   Nov 2014   [Invited]
Sieki-rensa no gensoku to te-kei hukuzatu-zyutugo ni okeru ni-kaku no yooninsei [Principle of causation flow and acceptability of ni-dative in the V-te V complex predicates
Kentaro Nakatani
Hukuzatu-jutugo Kenkyuu no Genzai [Current Trends in the Study of Complex Predicates]   99-124   Jan 2014   [Invited]
Zisyoo Kyanseru Kanoosei ni tuite no Situmonsi-Tyoosa: Sono Syoosai Deeta [A Questionnaire Study on Event Cancellability: It's Data in Detail]
Natsuno Aoki and Kentaro Nakatani
The Journal of Konan University: Faculty of Letters   163 41-57   Mar 2013
Process, Telicity, and Event Cancellability in Japanese: A Questionnaire Study
Natsuno Aoki and Kentaro Nakatani
JELS   30 257-263   Feb 2013   [Refereed]
V-Concatenation in Japanese
Kentaro Nakatani
J. Pustejovsky et al. (eds.) Advances in Generative Lexicon Theory. Dordrecht: Springer.   263-290   Jan 2013
The Effects of a Pragmatic Factor in the Processing of Japanese Benefactive Constructions.
Hajime Kataoka and Kentaro Nakatani
JELS   29 246-252   Feb 2012
Integration of Wh-Phrases and Predicates in Japanese Sentence Processing.
Hajime Ono and Kentaro Nakatani
IEICE Technical Report   110 99-104   2010
Kentaro Nakatani and Edward Gibson
Cognitive Science   34(1) 94-112   2010   [Refereed]
The Manner-Motion Conflation Parameter: Is the Syntactic Approach Better?
Kentaro Nakatani
English Linguistics   26 550-572   2009   [Refereed]
Tekuru/Teiku no Doosi Kyooki Seigen no Hasei [Deriving collocational restrictions on the verbs with -te kuru and -te iku]
Kentaro Nakatani
Taro Kageyama (ed) Lexicon Forum No. 4 (Hituzi)   63-89   2008
Kentaro Nakatani and Edward Gibson
Linguistics   46 63-87   2008   [Refereed]
Bunsyori Sutoratezii to iu Siten kara Mita Kekka-koobun no Ruikei-ron [Typology of resultative constructions from the perspective of sentence processing strategies]
中谷健太郎
Naoyuki Ono (ed.) Kekka-koobun Kenkyuu no Sin-siten [New perspective on the studies in resultative constructions] (Hituzi)   289-317   Sep 2007   [Invited]
Opposition Structure is not Event Structure: A Study of Cancellable Transition in Japanese V-teiru.
Kentaro Nakatani
Proceedings of the Fourth International Workshop on Generative Approaches to the Lexicon (CD-ROM)      2007   [Refereed]

Misc

 
[Review] Louise McNally and Christopher Kennedy (eds.), Adjectives and Adverbs: Syntax, Semantics, and Discourse. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. xv+354 pp.
Kentaro Nakatani
Studies in English Literature, English Number   52 260-269   2011   [Invited]
Gensoku to Baikai-Hensuu no Riron (III): Jojutu-Riron [The Principles and Parameters Theory (III): Predication Theory, Theta-Theory]
Kentaro Nakatani
Kaigai Gengogaku Joho [Current Trends in Overseas Linguistics]   8 66-74   1996

Conference Activities & Talks

 
Effects of the inferred affectedness factor in the next-mention preferences in Japanese
Kentaro Nakatani and Shoko Shida
The 157th Meeting of the Linguistic Society of Japan   17 Nov 2018   
オノマトペが引き起こすsemelfactive解釈とアスペクト解釈に関する再考察-自己ペース読文課題を用いて-
Shoko Shida, Natsuno Aoki and Kentaro Nakatani
LSJ Summer Institute 2018 Poster Session   20 Aug 2018   
How many times is the action repeated? An analysis of semelfactive interpretations based on the combination of the verb and its object
Shoko Shida and Kentaro Nakatani
The 155th Meeting of the Linguistic Society of Japan   25 Nov 2017   
Anti-locality effects of surprisal: A case of negative polarity items in Japanese
Kentaro Nakatani
East Asian Psycholinguistics: Recent Developments, a satellite workshop of Japanese/Korean Linguistics 25   15 Oct 2017   
Aspectual interpretation of -te kuru as a result of modal slide
Kentaro Nakatani
Morphology & Lexicon Forum 2017   10 Sep 2017   
Interaction between onomatopoeic adverbials and temporal adverbials and the aspectual interpretations
Shoko Shida, Natsuno Aoki, and Kentaro Nakatani
The 33rd meeting of Konan English Literary Society   8 Jul 2017   
When an onomatopoeia triggers different semelfactive interpretations: An experimental study
Shoko Shida, Natsuno Aoki, and Kentaro Nakatani
The 154th Meeting of the Linguistic Society of Japan   24 Jun 2017   
Workshop: Experimental methods in language studies
Kentaro Nakatani, Yoko Nakano, Mikihiro Tanaka, Natsuno Aoki
The 42nd Meeting of the Kansai Linguistic Society   10 Jun 2017   
A study of the bump alternation in Japanese from the perspective of extended/onset causation
Natsuno Aoki and Kentaro Nakatani
Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon (CogALex-v), with COLING 2016   12 Dec 2016   
Tama-ate daikan ga arawasu idoo ni tuite no saikoo: Extent causation to controllability no kanten kara [Reconsideration on the movement denoted by the "hit" alternation in Japanese: from the perspective of extent causation and controllability]
Natsuno Aoki and Kentaro Nakatani
The 32nd annual meeting of Konan English Literary Society   17 Sep 2016   
Locality effects for adverbials: A case of Japanese adverbial NPIs
Kentaro Nakatani
The 29th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, University of Florida   4 Mar 2016   
Pronominal ambiguity resolution in 
Japanese benefactive constructions
Kentaro Nakatani
UCSD Center for Language Research TALKS   13 Oct 2015   
Does Expectation Facilitate? A Study of NPI Dependencies in Turkish
Barış Kahraman, Kentaro Nakatani, Shravan Vasishth and Yuki Hirose
The 28th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing   20 Mar 2015   
Te-kei Hukuzatu-zyutugo no tagisei o doo toraeru beki ka: Bunpooka apurooti to kakudai-goosei apurooti [What to do with the polysemic nature of the te-form complex predicates: Grammaticalization approach and enriched composition approach] [Invited]
Kentaro Nakatani
Morphology and Lexicon Forum 2014 (MLF2014)   7 Sep 2014   
An Experimental Study on Adjacency and Nominative/Genitive Alternation in Japanese
Satoshi Nambu and Kentaro Nakatani
The 7th Meeting of Formal Approaches to Japanese Linguistics   29 Jun 2014   
Interaction between Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics in the Ambiguity Resolution in the Japanese Benefactive Constructions
Kentaro Nakatani
The 2014 Korean Society for Language and Information Workshop on Meaning and Cognition   20 Jun 2014   
Locality and Anti-Locality Effects in the Processing of Expected and Unexpected Inputs: A Study of NPI Dependencies in Japanese
Kentaro Nakatani
The 27th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing   15 Mar 2014   
Methods of Psycholinguistics and Lexical Semantics
Kentaro Nakatani
The 31st Conference of the English Linguistic Society of Japan   10 Nov 2013   
The Syntax and Semantics of the Te-form Complex Predicates in Japanese [Invited]
Kentaro Nakatani
NINJAL Workshop on Syntactic, Semantic, and Morphological Properties of the Japanese Lexicon   6 Sep 2013   
Mokutekigo no Ryoosisee, Ruisekisee to Zyutugo no Kanketusee ni tuite -- Nihongo no Asupekuto Tokusee kara Mieru Koto [On the Cumulativeness and Quantized Property of the Object and the Telicity of a Predicate]
Kentaro Nakatani and Natsuno Aoki
The 29th Annual Meeting of Konan English Literary Society   6 Jul 2013   
A Judgment Study on Aspectual Diagnostics in Japanese
Kentaro Nakatani and Natsuno Aoki
The 22nd Japanese/Korean Linguistics Conference   12 Oct 2012   
Process, Telicity, and Event Cancellability in Japanese: A Questionnaire Study
Natsuno Aoki and Kentaro Nakatani
The 5th ELSJ International Spring Forum   Apr 2012   
Employing Experimental Approaches on Language: Waiting for More Psycholinguistic Projects to Thrive in the Kansai Area
Hajime Ono, Yoko Nakano and Kentaro Nakatani
Kansai Linguistic Society   Jun 2011   
The Effects of a Pragmatic Factor in the Processing of Japanese Benefactive Constructions.
Hajime Kataoka and Kentaro Nakatani
The 4th ELSJ International Spring Forum   Apr 2011   
Distance effects with Japanese Wh-phrases.
Hajime Ono and Kentaro Nakatani
The 24th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing   Mar 2011   
Integration of wh-phrases and predicates in Japanese sentence processing.
Hajime Ono and Kentaro Nakatani
International Workshop on Mental Architecture for Processing and Learning of Language 2010 (MAPLL2010)   Aug 2010   
日本語否定対極表現のオンライン処理にみる分断の効果
Kentaro Nakatani
The 25th Annual Meeting of the Konan English Literary Society   Jun 2009   
Is the Nesting Effect Caused by Structural Complexity or Structural Frequency? A Case Study of Japanese NPI Processing
Kentaro Nakatani
The 22nd Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing   Mar 2009   
Opposition Structure is not Event Structure: A Study of Cancellable Transition in Japanese V-teiru.
Kentaro Nakatani
The 4th International Workshop on Generative Approaches to the Lexicon   May 2007   
Aspectual Presupposition, Entailment, and Composition in Japanese V-teiru.
Kentaro Nakatani
The 13th Annual Meeting of the Association for Natural Language Processing   Mar 2007   
Processing Japanese Relative Clauses in Context.
Tomoko Ishizuka, Kentaro Nakatani, and Edward Gibson
The 19th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing   Mar 2006   
文理解における統合と保持 〜日英対照の視点から〜 [Invited]
Kentaro Nakatani
Fukuoka Linguistic Conference   Dec 2005   
統語構造から意味構造へのマッピング という視点から観た結果構文
Kentaro Nakatani
Workshop 'The Semantics of Resultative Predicates" at the 23th Annual Meeting of the English Linguistic Society of Japan   Nov 2005   
Progressive, Imperfective and Perfect from a GL Perspective.
Kentaro Nakatani
The 3rd International Workshop on Generative Approaches to the Lexicon   May 2005   
A Compositional Analysis of the Interpretive Ambiguity of -te i.
Kentaro Nakatani
The 2nd Oxford-Kobe Linguistics Seminar   Sep 2004   
生成語彙理論(GL)から観た Imperfective Paradox --試論
Kentaro Nakatani
The 20th Annual Meeting of the Konan English Literary Society   Jul 2004   
Storage, Integration, and Incrementality.
Kentaro Nakatani
The 4th Japanese Language Processing Workshop, the Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute   Jul 2003   
V-Concatenation in Japanese: A GL Approach.
Kentaro Nakatani
The 2nd International Workshop on Generative Approaches to the Lexicon   May 2003   
Processing Evidence for the Representation of Complex Predicates in Japanese.
Kentaro Nakatani
The 16th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing   Mar 2003   
Relative Clause Extraction Complexity in Japanese.
Tomoko Ishizuka, Kentaro Nakatani, and Edward Gibson
The 16th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing   Mar 2003   
An On-line Study of Japanese Nesting Complexity.
Kentaro Nakatani and Edward Gibson
The 16th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing   Mar 2003   
Analyzing -Te.
Kentaro Nakatani
The 12th Japanese/Korean Linguistics Conference   Nov 2002   
Cyclic Interpretation in Complex Predicates in Japanese.
Kentaro Nakatani
Harvard/Dudley House Light Verb Workshop   Nov 2002   
Interlexical Operation in the V-te-V Predicates in Japanese.
Kentaro Nakatani
The 3rd Biennial International Conference on Practical Linguistics of Japanese   Mar 2002   
Applying Lexical Rules in Syntax: A Case Study of the V-te V Construction in Japanese.
Kentaro Nakatani
The 1st Joint MIT and Harvard Student Conference on Language Research   Aug 2000   
The Complexity of Nested Structures in Japanese.
Kentaro Nakatani, Maria Babyonyshev, and Edward Gibson
The 13th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing   Mar 2000   

Research Grants & Projects

 
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)
Project Year: 2014 - 2016    Investigator(s): Kentaro Nakatani
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B)
Project Year: 2009 - 2011    Investigator(s): Kentaro Nakatani
本研究課題は、母語話者による日本語の漸増的文処理(文が終わるのを待たず入力をどんどん処理していくこと)において、作業記憶への負荷となる条件を行動実験及び電気生理学的実験により検証することにより、文理解のメカニズムの解明を目指すものである。2009年度は主に予備実験を行った。(1)19チャンネルデジタル脳波計を用いた電気刺激についての予備実験に加え、構文の構造認定に関わる期待値の定量化実験として、言語処理時の事象関連電位(以下,ERPと呼ぶ)を漢字と読みの照合という言語処理過程で観察した。結...
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B)
Project Year: 2007 - 2009    Investigator(s): Nobuo NAKASHIMA
A sentence in general is made of structurally coherent relationships between its constituents ; however, in many cases, some other constituents interfere with such a coherent relationship. We have investigated how a coherence is recovered from an ...
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research(基盤研究(B))
Project Year: 2005 - 2008    Investigator(s): Taro KAGEYAMA
構造・形態構造がそれらの語嚢的意味とどのように対応するかを結果構文、中間構文、受身文、複合語、派生語など多様な現象について考察し、語嚢概念構造とクオリア構造を一体化することによって、形態・意味・統語を包括した総合的なレキシコンの理論を提示した。更に、そこから得られた理論的成果を大学上級学年から大学院の言語学所学者に平易に解説し、言語分析の手助けとなる概説書を上梓した。
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research(基盤研究(B))
Project Year: 2005 - 2007    Investigator(s): Kentaro INUI
Aiming at building a computational model and computational recourses for computing paraphrase at the level of predicate-argument structure, this research project gained the following results:(i) For paraphrase knowledge, a large-scale hierarchical...

Journal and conference reviews

 
Language
Lingua
Language and Cognitive Processes
English Linguistics
Japanese Cognitive Science Society
Second Language Research Forum Proceedings
The CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing
The Japanese Society of Language Sciences
レキシコン・フォーラム
Gengo Kenkyu
Glossa
Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Journal of East Asian Linguistics