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Prof Mitsuhiko Ota

Personal Chair of Language Development

Phone: 0131 650 3949

Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Georgetown University
Phonological Theory and the Acquisition of Prosodic Structure: Evidence from Child Japanese
Master of Arts, Columbia University
Pragmatic transfer in second language speech acts
Bachelor of Laws, Sophia University
A World-System Theoretic Analysis of the Political Changes in Indonesia 1965

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

Websites

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.

Research outputs

  1. Autistic traits and auditory discrimination skills

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

  2. The acquisition of word prosody

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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Research activities & awards

  1. Boston University Conference on Language Development

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  2. Summer School of Linguistics

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  3. The role of register-specific words in early lexical development

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

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