Seminar für Sprachwissenschaft


My current research project is involved with a relationship between word distributions and language performances. This project was initiated with the acceptability judgment, which has been used extensively as a research tool in many branches of the thoretical linguistics and can be regarded as one of the linguistic performances (e.g. lexical decision task). The project is not extended to eye-movement patterns and pronunciation durations. Overall, the results obtained in the project indicate (i) that word distributions and their quantified measures (e.g. entropy) can be used as a tool to investigate linguistic predictions and (ii) that some characteristics in a language performance are influenced and at least partially determined by distributional characteristics.


Saito, Motoki. 2016. “Statistical Assessment of the Effect of Semantic Concreteness on Acceptability Judgment.” Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Japanese Cognitive Linguistics Association, Japanese Cognitive Linguistics Association, Vol.16, pp.562-567. (Written in Japanese)

    Saito, Motoki. 2016. “Which affects more on acceptability judgment, individual words or constructional subschemas?” Papers in Linguistic Science, Kyoto University, Vol.21, pp.37-57. (Written in Japanese)

    Saito, Motoki. 2015. “Statistical Evaluation of the Effect of Constructional Subschemas on Acceptability Judgment.” Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Meeting of Japanese Cognitive Science Society, Japanese Cognitive Science Society, pp.1-8. (Written in Japanese)


Saito, Motoki, Michael Ramscar, & Harald Baayen. 2018. “Exponential choice distributions and their consequences for language processing.” Presented at the 18th International Morphology Meeting, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. (Talked in English)
    Saito, Motoki. 2017. “Subschema frequency effect and their instances’ distributions” Presented at the 42nd annual meeting of Kansai Linguistic Society, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan. (Talked in English)
    Saito, Motoki. 2015. “The Effect of Constructional Subschemas on Acceptability/Grammaticality Judgment.” Presented at the 13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. (Talked in English)