Masaya Yoshida

Assistant Professor

Department of Linguistics

Northwestern University
m-yoshida_at_northwestern.edu

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About me

The focus of my research is on aspects of syntactic representations both in static knowledge of language and in real time sentence processing. The studies I have carried out so far attempted to integrate work in theoretical and typological syntax and experimental psycholinguistics in order to reveal representations of sentence structures built in real time and mechanisms working behind online sentence processing.

  • Research Interests
    • Human Sentence Processing : Syntactic prediction in online sentence processing, Processing of Islands, Processing of Ellipsis.
    • Syntax: Cross-Linguistic Studies on Island Constraints, Ellipsis Phenomena (the syntax of sluicing and gapping), P-stranding Parameter, The syntax of conditional clauses in Japanese.

     

Academic Background

  • University of Edinburgh, Ediburgh, UK. ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellow. 2007-2008
  • University of Maryland, College Park, MD. PhD. in Linguistics. 2006
  • Sophia University, Tokyo, M.A. in Linguistics: 2001.
  • Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo. B.A. in English Literature: 1998.

Academic Support/Research Grant

Papers and Publications

PhD.Thesis, Major and Minors Papers

  • Masaya Yoshida (2006) Constraints and Mechanisms in Long-Distance Dependency Formation. PhD. Dissertation. University of Maryland, College Park.
  • Masaya Yoshida (2004) Relative Clause Prediction in Japanese. First Generals Examination Paper.(Major area of sepecialization)
  • Masaya Yoshida (2004) The Specificity Condition: PF-condition or LF-condition? Second Generals Examination Paper (Minor area of specialization)

Jounal Articles

Published/Accepted

  1. Honglei Wang, Masaya Yoshida & Cynthia Thompson (to appear, 2014) Parallel functional category deficits in clauses and nominal phrases: The case of English agrammatism, Journal of Neurolinguistics 27. 75–102
  2. Iván Ortega-Santos, Masaya Yoshida & Chizuru Nakao (to appear, 2014) On ellipsiss tructures involvinga wh-remnant and a non-wh-remnant simultaneously. Lingua 138. 55--85.
  3. Masaya Yoshida, Tim Hunter & Michael Frazier (forthcoming), Parasitic Gaps Licensed by Elided Syntactic Structure, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory.
  4. Masaya Yoshida, Chizuru Nakao & Ivan Ortega-Santos (forthcoming), The Syntax of Why Stripping, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
  5. Isaac Rottman & Masaya Yoshida, (2013) Sluicing, Idioms and Island Repair. Linguistic Inquiry. 44. 4. 651–668.
  6. Timothy Slattery, Patrick Sturt, Kiel Christianson, Masaya Yoshida and Fernanda Ferreira, (2013) Lingering misinterpretations of garden path sentences arise from competing syntactic representations, Journal of Memory and Language 69, 104–120.
  7. Masaya Yoshida, Nina Kazanina, Leticia Pablos & Patrick Sturt, (2013) On the origin of islands. Language and Cognitive Processes.
  8. Michael Frazier, Masaya Yoshida, (2012) Remarks on Gapping in ASL, Snippets 26
  9. Masaya Yoshida, Michael Walsh Dickey & Patrick Sturt, in press, (2012), Predictive Processing of Syntactic Structure: Sluicing and Ellipsis in Real-Time Sentence Processing. Language and Cognitive Processes.
  10. Masaya Yoshida, Honglei Wang & David Potter, (2012), Remarks on "Gapping" in DP. Linguistic Inquiry, Vol 43, No. 3. (the latest draft)
  11. Honglei Wang, Masaya Yoshida& David Potter, (2012), Cross-conjunct binding in nominal gapping. Snippets 24.
  12. Masaya Yoshida, 2010, “Antecedent Contained” Sluicing. Linguistic Inquiry 41, Vol. 2, No.2. 348-356.
  13. Aoshima Sachiko, Masaya Yoshida, Colin Phillips, 2009 Incremental Processing of Coreference and
    Binding in Japanese
    , Syntax 12:2, 93-134.
  14. Kazanina, Nina, Ellen Lau, Moti Lieberman, Masaya Yoshida & Colin Phillips. The Effect of Syntactic Constraints on the Processing of Backwards Anaphora. Journal of Memory and Language, Vol. 56, 384–409.
  15. Ono, Hajime, Masaya Yoshida, Sachiko Aoshima & Colin Phillips, Processing Exclamatives; Different from Interrogatives? in Ninchi Kagaku [Cognitive Studies: Bulletin of the Japanese Cognitive Science Society], Vol. 13, No 3 (Sep. 2006)
  16. Almeida, Diogo& Masaya Yoshida, A Problem for the Preposition Stranding Generalization. Linguistic Inquiry, Vol. 38, No.2, (Spring 2007).

Book Chapters

  1. Masaya Yoshida, Chizuru Nakao, Iván Ortega-Santos. forthcoming. Ellipsis. In Andrew Carnie, Yosuke Sato and Dan Siddiqi (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Syntax. London, UK. Routledge.
  2. Masaya Yoshida, Jiyeon Lee & Michael Walsh Dickey. in press. The island (in)sensitivity of sluicing and sprouting. To appear in Jon Sprouse and Norbert Hornstein (eds.) Experimental Syntax and Island Effects. Cambridge University Press.
  3. Masaya Yoshida & Ángel J. Gallego,. 2012 Phases and Ellipsis. To appear in Artemis Alexiadou, Tibor Kiss & Gereon Müller (eds.) in Local Modeling of Non-Local Dependencies in Syntax. Tübingen: Niemeyer.
  4. Akira Omaki and Masaya Yoshida. 2012, Movement. In Oxford Bibliographies in Linguistics. Mark Aronoff (ed.). Oxford, Oxford University Press.
  5. Masaya Yoshida. 2008. When negative statements are easier.In Tetsuya Sano, Mika Endo, Miwa Isobe, Koichi Otaki, Koji Sugisaki and Takeru Suzuki (eds.) An Enterprise in Cognitive Science of Language: A Festschrift for Yukio Otsu. Tokyo, Hitsuji Publishers. 585-598

Manuscript, Submitted

  1. Michael Frazier & Masaya Yoshida, Some Syntactic Mismatches Under Clausal Ellipsis. Submitted
  2. David Potter, Michael Frazier & Masaya Yoshida, A Two-Source Hypothesis for Gapping. Submitted
  3. Masaya Yoshida & Suwon Yoon, Clausal Ellipsis of Nominal Conditionals in Japanese and Korean. Submitted
  4. Robert Schumacher & Masaya Yoshida, R-pronouns and Adposition Stranding in Dutch and German. Submitted

Colloquium Talks & Invited Presentation

  1. On the incremental processing of forward and backward sluicing. Invited talk at Cognition and Language workshop. At Stanford University. Palo Alto, CA., USA. December 2013
  2. An Active Ellipsis Resolution and the Nature of Island Effects. Invited talk at Workshop on [the Syntax of Sharing & the Semantics of Sharing]. At Unerversité De Nantes. Nantes, France. November 2012.
  3. Realtime Processing of Forward & Backward Sluicing and Island Constraints. Talk at the Linguistics Colloquium Series. University of California Santa Cruz, CA, USA. Feburary 2011.
  4. On the Incremental Processing of Ellipsis. Talk given at the Linguistics Colloquium Series. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. USA. December, 2010.
  5. Sluicing and Syntactic Prediction in Online Parsing. Talk at the Linguistics Colloquium Series. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. USA. November, 2010.
  6. The Processing of Conditional Clauses in Japanese and Active Filler Effects. Talk given at Keio Linguistics Colloquium. Keio University, Tokyo, Japan. September 2010.
  7. Lectures on Sentence Processing. The invited lecture for Summer Special Seminar. Keio University, Tokyo, Japan. September 2010.
  8. On the Syntactic Prediction in Online Sentence Processing. Invited talk at Mental Architecture for Processing and Learning of Language. Tokyo, Japan. August 2010
  9. Antecedent Contained Sluicing, Talk at 2nd International Workshop on Chains in Minimalism: Special Topic: Movement and Ellipsis. at Yokohama National University, Yokohama, Japan. August 2009.
  10. The Processing of Sluicing. Talk at Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. August 2009.
  11. The Processing of Sluicing and the Predictive Mechanism in Online Sentence Processing. Talk at Meijigakuin University, Tokyo, Japan. August 2009.
  12. On the Processing of Sluicing. Talk at Psycholinguistics Brown Bag, at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, IL, USA. February 2009.
  13. Mechanisms and Constraints in Long-Distance Dependency Formation. Talk at the Linguistics Colloquium Series at Kings College London, London, UK. December 2007
  14. Gapping in NP. Talk at the Linguistics Colloquium Series at University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. April 2007.
  15. Problems of Representations in Sentence Processing. Talk at the Linguistics Colloquium Series at University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. April 2007.
  16. Mechanisms and Constraints in Long-Distance Dependency Formation. Talk at the Linguistics Colloquium Series at North Western University, Evanston, IL. November 2006
  17. Constraints and Mechanisms in Long-Distance Dependency Formation. Talk at the Linguistics Colloquium Series at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, May 2006

Conference Presentations, Posters and Proceedings

    1. Peter Baumann & Masaya Yoshida, Locality and Binding: Local Coherences Influence Binding of Reflexives in Reading, Paper presented at Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing 2013 (AMLaP 2013), Aix-Marseille Université, Marseille, France. September, 2013
    2. Masaya Yoshida, Tim Hunter, & Michael Frazier, Parasitic Gaps Lincensed by Elided Syntactic Structure. Paper presented at the 36th Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW 36). Lund University, Lund, Sweden. April 2013.
    3. David Potter, Michael Frazier and Masaya Yoshida, A Dual-Source Analysis of Gapping. Poster presented at the 36th Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW 36). Lund University, Lund, Sweden. April 2013
    4. Masaya Yoshida, Katy Carlson & Michael Walsh Dickey, Incremental parsing, gapping, and connectives , Paper presented at The 26th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. March 2013
    5. Michael Frazier & Masaya Yoshida, Argument-structure driven parsing in Tagalog, Poster presented at The 26th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. March 2013.
    6. Morgan Purrier, Masaya Yoshida, Lauren Ackerman, Rebekah Ward, Online filler-gap dependency formation and that-trace effect, Poster presented at The 26th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. March 2013.
    7. Chizuru Nakao, Masaya Yoshida, & Ivan Ortega-Santos, On the Syntax of Why-Stripping. Paper presented at 30th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 30). University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA. April, 2012
    8. Michael Frazier, David Potter & Masaya Yoshida. Pseudo-NP Coordination. Paper presented at 30th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 30). University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA. April, 2012
    9. Masaya Yoshida, Lauren Ackerman, Morgan Purrier & Rebekah Ward, The processing of backward sluicing, Poster presented at the 43rd North Eastern Linguistics Society (NELS 43), City University of New York, NY. November 2012
    10. Masaya Yoshida, Lauren Ackerman, Rebekah Ward, & Morgan Purrie, The processing of backward sluicing, Paper presented at The 25th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, City University of New York, NY. March 2012
    11. Lauren Ackerman & Masaya Yoshida, Structurally informative prosodic cues in center-embedded and right-branching sentences, Poster presented at The 25th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, City University of New York, NY. March 2012
    12. Masaya Yoshida, On Some Syntactic Mismatch in the Resolution of Clausal Ellipses, Paper to be presented at The 42nd North Eastern Linguistics Society (NELS 42), University of Tronto, November 2011.
    13. Masaya Yoshida, Nina Kazanina, Leticia Pablos & Patrick Sturt, Island Constraints and Online Dependency Formation Processes, Paper presented at The 41st North Eastern Linguistics Society (NELS 41), University of Pennsylvania, October 2010.
    14. Honglei Wang, Masaya Yoshida & Janet Pierrehumbert, Movement within the nominal phrase in Mandarin: reduplicated adjectives, Paper presented at the 22nd North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-22) , Harvard University, May 2010
    15. Masaya Yoshida, Jiyeon Lee, Isaac Rottman and Michael Dickey. Islands under the predicted structure. Poster presented at 23rd Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference. New York University. New York, NY. March 2010.
    16. Nina Kazanina, Leticia Pablos, Patrick Sturt and Masaya Yoshida, All long-distance dependencies are created equal but ... Poster presented at 23rd Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference. New York University. New York, NY. March 2010.
    17. Masaya Yoshida, Ivan Ortega-Santos & Chizuru Nakao. Why Ellipsis after Focus Movement? Paper presented at 39th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages, University of Arizona, AR. USA. March 2009.
    18. Masaya Yoshida & Patrick Sturt, Predicting Or, Poster presented at 22nd Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference. The University of California at Davis. Davis, CA. March 2009.
    19. Masaya Yoshida & Michael Walsh Dickey, Anticipating Islands, Poster presented at 22nd Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference. The University of California at Davis. Davis, CA. March 2009.
    20. Masaya Yoshida, Michael Walsh-Dickey & Patrick Sturt, Sluicing and Syntactic Prediction. The paper presentet at AMLaP 2008.
    21. Masaya Yoshida & Patrick Sturt, The speed of relative clause attachment. Poster presentet at AMLaP 2008
    22. Masaya Yoshida, On the syntax of conditional topics in Japanese. The paper presented at 5th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics (WAFL 5), SOAS, University of London, London, UK. May 2008
    23. Masaya Yoshida & Ángel J. Gallego, Phases and Ellipsis. The paper presented at 27th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL27), UCLA, Los Angels, CA, USA. May 2008.
    24. Masaya Yoshida & Michael Walsh Dickey, Active dependency formation for adjunct wh- phrases, Poster presented at The 21st Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, NC. March 2008.
    25. Masaya Yoshida & Michael Walsh Dickey, Prediction in parsing: Either syntactic or semantic. Poster presented at The 21st Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, NC. March 2008.
    26. Rachel Baker, Celina Troutman, Melissa Baese, Masaya Yoshida & Michael Dickey, 'Either' prediction 'or' local attachment: Competing effects during on-line comprehension. Poster presented at The 21st Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, NC. March 2008.
    27. Masaya Yoshida & Ángel J. Gallego, Phases and Ellipsis. The paper to be presented at "Local Modelling of Non-Local Dependencies in Syntax", Workshop, 30th meeting of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS). Universität Bamberg, Bamberg, Germany. March 2008.
    28. Chizuru Nakao & Masaya Yoshida (2006)“Not-so-propositional” Islands and Their Implications on Swiping. In the Proceedings of Western Conference on Linguistics (WECOL).
    29. Chizuru Nakao, Hajime Ono, & Masaya Yoshida (2006) When a Complement PP Goes Missing: A Study on the Licensing of Swiping. The Proceedings of The 25th. West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 25).
    30. Masaya Yoshida, Sachiko Aoshima, Hajime Ono & Colin Phillips (2006) Conditionals and Long- Distance Dependency Formation in Japanese. Poster presented at The 19th Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference. City University of New York, NY. March.
    31. Hajime Ono, Masaya Yoshida, Sachiko Aoshima & Colin Phillips (2006) Real-Time Processing of Japanese Exclamatives and the Strength of Locality Conditions. Poster to be presented at The 19th Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference. City University of New York, NY. March.
    32. Masaya Yoshida (2005) Sometimes Smaller is Better: Sluicing, Gapping and Semantic Identity. Paper presented at NELS 36 at Univerity of Massachusetts, Amherst.
    33. Sachiko Aoshima, Colin Phillips & Masaya Yoshida (2005) The Source of the Bias for Longer Filler-Gap Dependencies in Japanese. Paper presented at The 18th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing. At University of Arizona, Tucson.
    34. Masaya Yoshida (2005) The rightward movement analysis of gapping in NP and its structural implications. Paper presented at The 24th West Coast Coference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 24). At Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
    35. Chizuru Nakao & Masaya Yoshida (2005) Japanese Sluicing as a specificational pseudo-cleft. Paper presented at Tokyo Conference on Psycholinguistics. At Keio University, Tokyo, Japan.
    36. Nina Kazanina, Ellen Lau, Moti Lieberman, Colin Phillips & Masaya Yoshida (2005) Constraints on Coreference in the Online Processing of Backwards Anaphora. Poster presented at The 18th Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference at University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.
    37. Chun-Chien Hsu, Colin Phillips & Masaya Yoshida (2005) Cues for Head-Final Relative Clauses in Chinese. Poster presented at The 18th Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference at University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.
    38. Masaya Yoshida, Sachiko Aoshima& Colin Phillips (2004) Relative Clause Prediction in Japanese. Paper presented at The 17th Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference at University of Maryland, College Park.
    39. Nina Kazanina, Ellen Lau, Moti Lieberman, Colin Phillips & Masaya Yoshida (2004) Use Of Grammatical Constraints In The Processing of Backwards Anaphora. Paper presented at The 17th Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference at University of Maryland, College Park.
    40. Sachiko Aoshima, Masaya Yoshida & Colin Phillips (2004) The Real-time Application of Structural Constraints on Binding in Japanese. Poster presented at The 17th Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference at University of Maryland, College Park.
    41. Hajime Ono, Masaya Yoshida, Sachiko Aoshima & Colin Phillips (2004) Japanese Exclamatives and the Strength of Locality Conditions in Sentence Generation. Poster presented at The 17th Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference at University of Maryland, College Park.
    42. Masaya Yoshida (2003) The Specificity Condition: PF-condition or LF-condition? Paper Presented at WCCFL XXII 2003 at University of California, San Diego.
    43. Masaya Yoshida (2002) When negative statements are easier: processing of polarity items in Japanese. Poster presentet at CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing. at City University of New York, New York, March 2002.
    44. Masaya Yoshida, and Tetsuya Sano (2001) Psycolinguistic Studies on Japanese Head Internal Relative Clauses. in M. Cristina Cuervo, Daniel Harbour, Ken Hiraiwa, and Shinichiro Ishihara (eds). Proceedings of Formal Approaches to Japanese Linguistics 3 (FAJL3), MIT Working Papers in Linguistics #41.

Other Presentations

  1. Masaya Yoshida, In Search of Gapped Structures. Paper presented at The First UMD– UFRJ Meeting on Syntax and Neuroscience of Language, Federal University of Rio de. Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, January 2006.
  2. Diogo Almeida & Masaya Yoshida, Sluicing in Brazilian Portuguese and Preposition Stranding Generalization. Paper presented at The First UMD–UFRJ Meeting on Syntax and Neuroscience of Language, Federal University of Rio de. Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, January 2006.
  3. Masaya Yoshida, The Rightward Movement Analysis of Gapping in NP and Its Structural Implications. Paper presented at 3rd. ECO-5 Student Conference, at Harvard University, Boston, MA. 2005
  4. Chizuru Nakao & Masaya Yoshida, Japanese Sluicing as a Specificational Pseudo-Cleft. Paper presented at 3rd. ECO-5 Student Conference, at Harvard University, Boston, MA. 2005