Dr. Yuriko Oshima-Takane is Professor Emerita at Dept. of Psychology, McGill University and an adjunct professor at Dept. of Psychology, University of Victoria. She earned her MA at University of Tokyo and her PhD at McGill University. She investigates the underlying mechanisms as well as environmental factors that together determine the course of early language development. Her recent research includes cross-linguistic study on early word learning in children and effects of linguistic input and social interactions on bilingual and monolingual acquisition. In addition to her empirical studies, she conducts computer modeling experiments and network analysis to understand semantic representations and the developmental mechanisms in children.

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Okumura,Y., Oshima-Takane, Y., Kobayashi, T., Ma, M., & Kayama, Y. (2022, published online). Comprehension of null and pronominal object sentences in Japanese-speaking children. Language Learning and and Development.


Kayama, Y. & Oshima, Y. (2022). The acquisition of argument structures of intransitive and transitive verbs in Japanese: The role of parental input. First Language, 42(1), 144-167.


Lippeveld, M. & Oshima-Takane, Y. (2020). Children's initial understanding of the related meanings of polysemous noun-verb pairs. Language Learning and Development,16(3), 204-269.


Kayama, Y., & Oshima-Takane, Y. (2019). Does the 'Intransitive Stage' exist in Japanese-speaking children?: Acquisition of morphologically-related transitive and intransitive verbs in Japanese. 2019 CAJLE Anuual Conference Proceedings.


Oshima-Takane, Y. (2019). Toddlers' use of a third party's eye gaze information in verb-action mapping. Proceedings of 42nd Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.


Zvaigzne. M., Oshima-Takane, Y. & Hirakawa, M. (2019). How does language proficiency affects children's iconic gesture use. Applied Psycholinguistics, 40, 555-583.


Oshima-Takane, Y. (2017). Language emergentism. In S. Iwatate & T.Ogura (Eds.) Understanding Language Acquisition, pp.20-23. Kyoto: Minerva. (in Japanese)


Oshima-Takane, Y. (2017). Information processing approach to language acquisition: the debate between connectionists and words-and-rules theorists. In S. Iwatate & T. Ogura (Eds.) Understanding Language Acquisition, pp.108-111. Kyoto: Minerva. (in Japanese)


Okumura, Y., Kobayashi, T. & Oshima-Takane, Y. (2016). Language Development: Differences between Japanese and English. NTT Technical Journal, 9, 21-25.


Lippeveld, M. & Oshima-Takane, Y. (2015). Nouns to verbs and verbs to nouns: When do children acquire denominal verbs and deverbal nouns ? Journal of Applied Psycholinguistics, 36(3), 559-588.


Lippeveld, M. & Oshima-Takane, Y. (2014). The effect of input on children's cross-categorical use of polysemous noun-verb pairs. Language Acquisition, 22(3), 209-239.


Ito, K., & Oshima-Takane, Y. (2014). Discourse-pragmatics in children with autism spectrum disorders: Argument omission and lexicalization. Special Education Research, 52 (2), 75-84.


Nakano, H., Rosalo, M., Oshima-Takane, Y., Pierce, L., & Tate, S.(2014). Electrophysiological response to omitted stimulus in sentence processing. Neuroreport, 25(14), 1169-1174.


Oshima-Takane, Y., Wang, S., Takane, M. & Takane, Y. (2014) Acquisition of personal pronouns in English: Neural network simulations by knowledge-based cascade correlation. Studies in Language Sciences. 13, 53-69.


Oshima-Takane, Y. (2014). Acquisition of personal pronouns. In P.Brooks, V. Kemp, & J.G. Golson (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Language Development (pp.500-501). Sage Publications.


Oshima-Takane, Y. (2013). International associations for developmental research. In T. Ujiie (Ed.). Handbook of Developmental Psychology. Tokyo:Maruzen Publisher.


Miyata, S., MacWhinney, B., Otomo, K., Sirai, H., Oshima-Takane, Y., Hirakawa, M., Shirai,Y., Sugiura, S., & Itoh, K. (2013). Developmental Sentence Scoring for Japanese (DSSJ). First Language. 33, 200-216.


Oshima-Takane, Y. & Kobayashi, T. (2012). Early word learning in Japanese-speaking children. Studies in Language Sciences, 11, 25-35.


Lippeveld, M. & Oshima-Takane, Y. (2011). The dax is daxing the cheese: When do children acquire class extension rules for denominal verbs? 35th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Online Proceedings supplement. www.bu.edu/bucld/proceedings/ supplement/Vol 35/


Katerelos, M, Poulin-Dubois, D. & Oshima-Takane, Y. (2011). A Cross-linguistic study of word-mapping in 18- to 20-month-old infants. Infancy, 16, 508-534.


Zvaigzne, M., Oshima-Takane, Y., Genesee, F, & Hirakawa, M.(2011). Semantic category and language effects on verbal and gestural descriptions: A study with French and Japanese monolingual and bilingual children. In G. Stam & M. Ishino (Eds.), Integrating gestures: The Interdisciplinary Nature of Gesture, pp.219-230. John Benjamins Publishing Company.


Oshima-Takane, Y., Ariyama, J., Kobayashi, T., Katerelos, M., & Poulin-Dubois, D. (2011). Early verb learning in 20-month-old Japanese-speaking children. Journal of Child Language, 38, 455-484.


Blais, M., Oshima-Takane, Y., Genesee, F., & Hirakawa, M (2010). Crosslinguistic influence on argument realization in Japanese-French bilingual children. Proceedings of 34th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, 34-45.Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.


Hirakawa, M., Oshima-Takane, Y., & Ito, K. (2009). Case omission in early child Japanese. Studies in Language Sciences. 8, 79-91.


Takane, Y., Jung, S., & Oshima-Takane, Y. (2009). Multidimensional scaling. In R. E. Millsap and A. Maydeu-Olivares (Eds.), Handbook of quantitative methods in psychology (pp.219-242) London: Sage Publications.


Oshima-Takane, Y., Satin, J., & Tint, A. (2008). Rapid word-action mapping in French- and English-speaking children. Proceedings of 32nd Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, 347-359. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.


Zvaigzne, M., Oshima-Takane, Y., Groleau, P., Nakamura, K., & Genesee, F. (2008). The function of children's iconic co-speech gestures: A study with Japanese-French bilinguals and French monolinguals. Proceedings of 32nd Annual Boston University Conference on language Development. 598-609. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.


Ito, K., Oshima-Takane, Y., Kayama, Y., & Hirakawa, M. (2007). Changes in maternal input and children's patterns of argument omission and lexicalization. Handbook of the JSLS International Conference, 51-54.


Guerriero, S, Oshima-Takane, Y., & Kuriyama, Y. (2006). The development of referential choice in English and Japanese: A discourse-pragmatic perspective. Journal of Child Language,3, 823-257 .


Oshima-Takane, Y. (2006). What can bilingual acquisition research tell us? Japanese Psychological Review, 49, 175-179.


Oshima-Takane, Y. (2006). Acquisition of nouns and verbs in Japanese. In M. Nakayama, R. Mazuka, Y.Shirai & P. Li (Eds.). Handbook of East Asian Psycholinguistics: Japanese (pp.56-61). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

(OY51) Miyata, S., Hirakawa, M., Kanagy, R., Kuriyama, Y., MacWhinney, B., Minami, M., Murakami, K., Oshima-Takane, Y., Otomo, K., Shirahata, T., Sirai, H., Sirai, J., Shirai, Y., Sugiura, M. & Terada, H. (2005). The development of the CHILDES-based language developmental score for Japanese (DSSJ). Studies in Language Sciences, 5, 75-89.
(OY50) Oshima-Takane, Y. (2005). Information processing approach to language acquisition. In S. Iwatate & T. Ogura (Eds.). Understanding Language Acquisition. Tokyo: Minerva. (in Japanese)
(OY49) Oshima-Takane, Y. (2005). Language acquisition and connectionism. In S. Iwatate & T. Ogura (Eds.). Understanding Language Acquisition. Tokyo: Minerva. (in Japanese)
(OY48) Ito, K. & Oshima-Takane, Y. (2004). Determinants of developmental order of Japanese ko/so/a deictic words. Journal of Communication Disorders, 21, 11-14. (in Japanese)
(OY47) Miyata, S., Oshima-Takane, Y., & Nishisawa, H. (2003). Noun bias in early Japanese vocabulary and characteristics of maternal input. Studies in Language Sciences, 3, 87-101.
(OY46) Oshima-Takane, Y. & Robbins, M.(2003). Linguistic environment of secondborn children. First Language, 23, 21-40.
(OY45) Oshima-Takane, Y. (2003). Connectionism and developmental psychology. Progress in Child Psychology, 42, 221-245. (in Japanese)
(OY44) Oshima-Takane, Y. (2003). What do children need to acquire language? Japanese Journal of Artificical Intelligence, 18, 41-48. (in Japanese)
(OY43) Oshima-Takane, Y. (2003). Are there language-specific individuation boundaries? Developmental Science. 6, 27-28.
(OY42) Takane, Y., & Oshima-Takane, Y. (2003). Relationships between two methods of dealing with missing data in principal component analysis. Behaviormetrika, 30, 124-135.
(OY41) Takane, Y. & Oshima-Takane, Y. (2003). Behaviometrics: Some thoughts at the turn of a new century. Invited paper, Special Issue of Japanese Journal of Behaviometrics, 29, 3-11.
(OY40) Takane, Y. & Oshima-Takane, Y. (2002). Nonlinear K-set canonical correlation analysis by neural network models. In S. Nishisato, Y. Baba, H. Bozdogan, & K. Kanefuji (Eds.). Measurement and Multivariate Analysis, (pp.183-190). Tokyo: Springer Verlag.
(OY39) Oshima-Takane, Y., & Oram, J. (2002). Parental interactional strategy and lexical development in English-speaking children. Bulletin of Tokyo University of Social Welfare, 1, 47-60.
(OY38) Guerriero, S., Cooper, A., Oshima-Takane, Y., & Kuriyama, Y. (2001). A discourse-pragmatic explanation for argument realization and omission in English and Japanese children's speech. Proceedings of the 25th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, 319-330.
(OY37) Oshima-Takane, Y., Barner, D., Elsabbagh, M., & Guerriero, M.A.S. (2001). Learning of deverbal nouns. Proceedeings of the VIIIth Congress of the International Association for the Study of Child Language, 1155-1172.
(OY36) Takane, Y. & Oshima-Takane, Y. (2000). Approximation of nonlinear function by neural network models. In H.Yanai, A. Okada, K. Shigemasu, & M. Iwasaki (Eds.). Handbook of Multivariate Analysis examples. (pp. 455-466)Tokyo:Asakura-Shoten.
(OY35) Oshima-Takane, Y. (2000). Data sharing: Child Language Data Exchange System. In Y. Kosawa, K.Saito, & M. Tsuzuki (Eds.) Research ethics in psychology, (pp.98-110). Tokyo: Yuhikaku. (in Japanese)
(OY34) Oshima-Takane, Y., Miyata, S., & Naka, N. (2000). Acquisition of grammatical categories: The role of physical objects and input. Studies in Language Sciences, 1, 97-109.
(OY33) Oshima-Takane, Y. (2000). Language acquisition and connectionist models. In M. Imai (Ed.), Constraints in Language Acquisition (PP.171-198). Tokyo: Kyouritsu Shuppan. (in Japanese)
(OY32) Oshima-Takane, Y., Takane, Y. & Shultz, T. (1999). The learning of first and second person pronouns in English: Network models and analysis. Jouranal of Child Language, 25, 45-575.
(OY31) Oshima-Takane, Y. (1999). 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. (pp. 373-409). Cambridge, MA: MIT press.
(OY30) Takane, Y., Oshima-Takane, Y., & Shultz, T.R. (1999). Analysis of knowledge representations in cascade-correlation networks. Behaviormetrika, 26, 5-28.
(OY29) Oshima-Takane, Y. (1999). A crosslinguistic study on early language development in Japanese- and English-speaking children using the CHILDES computational tools. Annals of the Institute for the Comparative Study of Culture, TWCU, 60, 89-126 . (in Japanese)
(OY28) 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.
(OY27) Oshima-Takane, Y. (1997) The neural network model of word learning: A case of personal pronouns. Japanese Psychological Review, 7, 361-376. (in Japanese)
(OY26) Oshima-Takane, Y. (1997) Word learning and simulation: A reply to Makioka's and Ochiai's comments. Japanese Psychological Review, 7, 382-387. (in Japanese)
(OY25) Sugiura, M., Naka, N., Miyata, S., & Oshima-Takane, Y. (1997). Adaptation of the CHILDES to Japanese: An information processing system for language acquisition research. Gengo (Language), 3, 80-87. (in Japanese)
(OY24) Oshima-Takane, Y. & Derat, L. (1996). Nominal and pronominal reference in maternal speech during the later stages of language acquisition: A longitudinal study. First Language, 16, 319-338.
(OY23) 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.
(OY22) Oshima-Takane, Y. (1995). Development of possessive forms in English-speaking children: Functional approach. Japanese Psychological Research, 37, 59-69.
(OY21) Shultz, T.R., Oshima-Takane, Y. & Takane, Y. (1995). Analysis of unstandardized contributions in cross connected networks. In G. Tesauro, D.S. Touretzky & T.K. Leen (Eds.) Advances in Neural Information Processing System, (pp.601-608). Cambridge: The MIT Press.
(OY20) Takane, Y., Oshima-Takane, Y., & Shultz T. (1995) Network analysis: The case of first and second person pronouns. Proceedings of the 1995 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics.
(OY19) Shultz, T.R., Buckingham, D. & Oshima-Takane, Y. (1994). A connectionist model of the learning of personal pronouns in English. In T. Petsche (ed.), Computational learning theory and natural learning systems, Vol.2, 347-362. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
(OY18) 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: Earlbaum.
(OY17) Takane, Y., Oshima-Takane, Y., & Shultz, T.R. (1994) Methods for analyzing internal representations of artificial neural networks. In T. Kubo (Ed), Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Behaviometric Society (pp.246-247). Tokyo: The Behaviometric Society.
(OY16) 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 Communication, 29, 113-129.
(OY15) 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.
(OY14) Oshima-Takane, Y., Cole, E., & Yaremko, R. (1993) Semantic pronominal confusion in a hearing-impaired child: A case study. First Language, 13, 149-168.
(OY13) Oshima-Takane, Y. (1993) CHILDES, CHAT, JCHAT. Japanese Society for Developmental Psychology Newsletter, 10, 15-16. (in Japanese)
(OY12) Oshima-Takane, Y. (l992). Analysis of pronominal errors: A case study. Journal of Child Language, 19, 111-131.
(OY11) Oshima-Takane, Y., Cole, E., & Yaremko, R.L. (l99l). Acquisition process of personal pronouns in hearing-impaired children. In H. Motoaki, J. Misumi, & B. Wilpert (Eds.), Proceedings of 22nd International Congress of Applied Psychology (pp.242-243). Hillsdale, N.J.: Earlbaum.
(OY10) Oshima-Takane, Y., & Benaroya, S. (l989). An alternative view of pronominal errors in autistic children. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, l9, 73-89.
(OY09) Oshima-Takane, Y. (l988). Children learn from speech not addressed to them: The case of personal pronouns. Journal of Child Language, l5, 94-l08.
(OY08) Oshima-Takane, Y. (l987). Possessive forms in children's language. Proceedings of the Division of Consumer Psychology, the 95th Annual Convention of American Psychological Association. American Psychological Association.
(OY07) Oshima-Takane, Y., Miyake, N., Dickson, W.P., Azuma, H., & Hess, R.D. (l982). Description styles in a referential communication task: a comparison between mother and teacher in Japan and the United States. Journal of Japanese Psychology, 53, 207-2l3. (in Japanese)
(OY06) Muto, T., Kubo, Y., & Oshima-Takane, Y. (l980). Why don't Japanese students ask questions? Japanese Psychological Review, 23, 7l-88. (in Japanese)
(OY05) Oshima. Y. (l977). Information encoding and requesting skills in four-to-eight year old children. Japanese Psychological Research, l6, l57-l65.
(OY04) Miyake, N., & Oshima, Y. (l977). The communication style of mothers and teachers in the United States and in Japan under the referential communication situation. Bulletin of the Faculty of Education, University of Tokyo, l7, l65-l85.
(OY03) Oshima, Y. (l976). Development of referential communication skills in Japanese children. Topics in culture learning, 4, 9-l0.
(OY02) Oshima, Y. (l975). Evaluation of learning in a second language education. In S. Nagano (Ed.) Teaching-learning processes, l47-l63. Tokyo: Kenkyusha. (in Japanese)
(OY01) Oshima, Y. (l975). Errors in English as a first language. In S. Nagano (Ed.), Teaching-learning processes, 26l-27l. Tokyo: Kenkyusha. (in Japanese).