Researcher biography

Sanako Mitsugi is a Lecturer in Japanese at the School of Languages and Cultures at UQ. She joined UQ in 2019. Prior to joining UQ, she worked for the University of Kansas (KU), USA as an associate professor. At KU, she directed the East Asian Psycholinguistic Lab, led the Japanese language program, and taught Japanese at various levels. She has MA and Ph.D in Second Language Acquisition from Carnegie Mellon University, USA.

Her research explores the cognitive mechanisms that underlie second language acquisition and processing. In particular, she is interested in predictive processing, and its relationship with the factors that mediate linguistic predictions. The questions that drive her research are what the process of language acquisition is and how it differs in adulthood. To address these questions, she uses psycholinguistic experimentation and corpus-linguistic methods.

Research Areas: Second Language Acquisition, Morphosyntax, Sentence Processing, Bilingualism

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