Mitsuhiko Ota

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Research Interests

Phonological and lexical acquisition; phonetics and phonology in atypical populations; prosodic structure.

Research Groups

  • Developmental Linguistics Research Group
  • Phonetics and Phonology Research Group
  • Edinburgh Laboratory for Language Development (ELfLanD)

Visiting and Research Positions

  • 2019- Professor, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • 2007-2019 Reader, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • 1999-2007 Lecturer, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • 2006-2013 Visiting scholar, RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan

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Teaching

  • Undergraduate courses taught: Linguistics I (Brain and language, first language acquisition and second language acquisition), Linguistics 2 (Phonology), Intermediate Phonology, Advanced Phonology, Optimality Theory, Honours Foundation: Language and Cognition.
  • Postgraduate courses taught: First Language Acquisition, Second Language Acquisition, Second Language Phonology, Advanced Topics in First Language Acquisition, Advanced Topics in Second Language Acquisition, Developmental Phonology, Maturational Constraints on Language Acquisition.

Administrative Roles

  • 2015-present: Director of Postgraduate Studies, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences.
  • Founder of the Edinburgh Laboratory for Language Development (ELfLanD) & lead academic of the "babylab" facility.
  • 2002-2016: Programme director, MSc in Developmental Linguistics.
  • 2014: Deputy Director of Postgraduate Studies, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences.
  • 2014-2015: PPLS Representative to the Recruitment and Admissions Strategy Committee (RASC), College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • 2009-2012: Director of Quality Assurance & Enhancement, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences.
  • 1999-present: Honours and MSc course organizer, Advanced Phonology, Optimality Theory, First Language Acquisition, Second Language Acquisition, Second Language Phonology, Advanced Topics in First Language Acquisition, Advanced Topics in Second Language Acquisition, Developmental Phonology, Maturational Constraints on Language Acquisition.
  • 2000-01 and 2003-04: Course director, Linguistics 2, Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Georgetown University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1999

Master of Arts, Columbia University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1993

Bachelor of Laws, Sophia University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1988

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