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Yuriko Oshima-Takane

McGill University
Psychology Department
Telephone: (514) 398-4672 

Yuriko Oshima-Takane is Associate Professor of Psychology at McGill University. She has a MA from the University of Tokyo and a PhD from McGill University. She investigates the underlying mechanisms as well as environmental factors that together determine the course of early language development. Her research in this area includes the learning of personal pronouns, proper nouns, common nouns, and verbs in normal children, children with developmental disorders, and hearing impared children, birth oder effects on early language development, and the role of parental language styles in language development. In addition to her empirical studies, she conducts computer modeling experiments and network analysis to understand semantic representations and the developmental mechanisms in children. She has organized JCHAT Japanese CHILDES project to develop computational tools for linking Japanese language acquisition research to the CHILDES database for child language research. She has began a cross-linguistic study of English and Japanese to investigate developmental universals as well as language-specific developmental patterns. In addition, she has been involved in a cross-cultural study on question-asking behaviour. She teaches courses on Research Methods on Developmental Psycholinguistics and Statistics for Experimental Design. She is married with Yoshio Takane, quantitative psychologist, and has two children, Marina and Kenji.

Links of interest:

 JCHAT Japanese CHILDES project

 CHILDES project

Recent Publications:

Takane , Y., Oshima-Takane, Y., & Shultz, T.R. (1999, in press). Analysis of knowledge representations in cascade-correlation networks. Behaviormetrika, 26.

 Oshima-Takane, Y. (1999, in press). A crosslinguistic study of early language development in English and Japanese using the JCHAT/CHILDES system. Annals of Institute for Comparative Studies of Culture, Tokyo Woman'sChristian University, 60, 89-126.

 Oshima-Takane, Y. (1998, in press). The learning of first and second person pronouns in English. In R.Jackendoff, P.Bloom, & K.Wynn (Eds.). Language, Logic, and concept: Essays in Memory of John Macnamara. Cambridge, MA: MIT press.

 Oshima-Takane, Y., Takane, M., & Takane, Y. (1998). Learning of first, second, and third person pronouns in English. Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp.800 - 805). Hillsdale, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum.

 Oshima-Takane, Y. (1997). Neural network model of word learning: A case of personal pronouns. Japanese Psychological Review, 40, 361-376.

 Oshima-Takane, Y. (1997). Word learning and simulation: Reply to Makioka's and Ochiai's comments. Japanese Psychological Review, 40, 382-387.

 Oshima-Takane, Y. & Derat, L. (1996). Pronominal and nominal reference in maternal speech during the later stages of languasge acquisitions: A longitudinal study. First Language, 16, 319-338.

 Shultz, T.R., Buckingham, D., & Oshima-Takane, Y. (1996). Generative connectionist models of cognitive development: Why they work. Proceedings of AAAI-96 workshop, Computational cognitive modeling: Sources of the power (pp42-46). American Association of Artificial Intelligence.

 . Oshima-Takane, Y., Goodz, E. & Derevensky, J. L.(1996). Birth order effects on early language development: Do secondborn children learn from overheard speech? Child Development, 67, 621-634.

 Oshima-Takane, Y. , Takane, Y., & Shultz, T.R. (1995). Learning of personal pronouns: Network model and analysis. McGill Papers in Cognitive Science,Technical Report 2095. McGill University, Montreal.

 Oshima-Takane, Y. & MacWhinney, B. (1995). CHILDES Manual for Japanese. Montreal: McGill University.

 Oshima-Takane, Y. (1995). Development of possessive forms: Functional approach. Japanese Psychological Research, 37, 59 - 70.

 Takane, Y., Oshima-Takane, Y., & Shultz, T.R. (1995). Network analysis: The case of first and second person pronouns. Proceedings of the 1995 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics. (pp.3594-3599).

 Shultz, T.R., Oshima-Takane, Y. & Takane, Y. (1995) Analysis of unstandardized contributions in cross connected networks. In D. Touretzkey, G., D. Tesauro, & T.K. Leen (Eds), Advances in Neural Information Processing System 7 (pp.601-608). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

 Takane, Y., Oshima-Takane, Y., & Shultz, T.R. (1994) Approximations of Nonlinear Functions by feed-forward neural networks. Proceedings of the Japan Classification Society Meeting (pp. 26-33). Tokyo: The Japan Classification Society.

 Takane, Y., Oshima-Takane, Y., & Shultz, T.R. (1994) Methods for analyzing internal representations of artificial neural networks. Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Behaviometric Society (pp.246-247). Tokyo: The Behaviometric Society.

 Shultz, T.R., Buckingham, D. & Oshima-Takane, Y. (1994). A connectionist model of the learning of personal pronouns in English. In S. J. Hanson, T. Petsche, M. Kearns, & R.L. Rivest (eds.), Computational learning theory and natural learning systems, (Vol.2, pp.347 - 362). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

 Shultz, T.R. & Oshima-Takane, Y. (1994) Analysis of unscaled contributions in cross-connected networks. Proceedings of the World Congress on Neural Networks (Vol.3, pp.690-695) Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

 Cole, E., Oshima-Takane, Y. & Yaremko, R. (1994) Case studies of pronoun development in two hearing-impaired children: Normal, delayed, or deviant? European Journal of Disorders of Communicationl, 29, 113 -129.

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