• 1901 Citations
  • 21 h-Index
1989 …2020

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Research Output

  • 1901 Citations
  • 21 h-Index
  • 41 Article
  • 5 Chapter
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Review article

A computational model for children's language acquisition using inductive logic programming

Kobayashi, I., Furukawa, K., Ozaki, T. & Imai, M., 2002 Jan 1, Progress in Discovery Science. Springer Verlag, p. 140-155 16 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 2281).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

1 Citation (Scopus)

A cross-linguistic study of early word meaning: Universal ontology and linguistic influence

Imai, M. & Gentner, D., 1997 Feb 1, In : Cognition. 62, 2, p. 169-200 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

278 Citations (Scopus)

A developmental shift from similar to language-specific strategies in verb acquisition: A comparison of English, Spanish, and Japanese

Maguire, M. J., Hirsh-Pasek, K., Golinkoff, R. M., Imai, M., Haryu, E., Vanegas, S., Okada, H., Pulverman, R. & Sanchez-Davis, B., 2010 Mar, In : Cognition. 114, 3, p. 299-319 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

45 Citations (Scopus)

All Giraffes Have Female-Specific Properties: Influence of Grammatical Gender on Deductive Reasoning About Sex-Specific Properties in German Speakers

Imai, M., Schalk, L., Saalbach, H. & Okada, H., 2014 Apr, In : Cognitive Science. 38, 3, p. 514-536 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

18 Citations (Scopus)

A model of children’s vocabulary acquisition using inductive logic programming

Furukawa, K., Kobayashi, I., Ozaki, T. & Imai, M., 1999 Jan 1, Discovery Science - 2nd International Conference, DS 1999, Proceedings. Arikawa, S. & Furukawa, K. (eds.). Springer Verlag, p. 321-322 2 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 1721).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

5 Citations (Scopus)

Are Chinese and German children taxonomic, thematic, or shape biased? Influence of classifiers and cultural contexts

Imai, M., Saalbach, H. & Stern, E., 2010, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 1, DEC, Article 194.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

14 Citations (Scopus)

As time goes by: Evidence for two systems in processing space → time metaphors

Gentner, D., Imai, M. & Boroditsky, L., 2002 Oct 1, In : Language and Cognitive Processes. 17, 5, p. 537-565 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

171 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
12 Citations (Scopus)

Categories in Mind and Categories in Language: Do Classifier Categories Influence Conceptual Structures?

Imai, M. & Saalbach, H., 2010 Feb 1, Words and the Mind: How Words Capture Human Experience. Oxford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

7 Citations (Scopus)

Children's theories of word meaning: The role of shape similarity in early acquisition

Imai, M., Gentner, D. & Uchida, N., 1994, In : Cognitive Development. 9, 1, p. 45-75 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

196 Citations (Scopus)

Constraint on word-learning constraints

Imai, M., 1999 Jan 1, In : Japanese Psychological Research. 41, 1, p. 5-20 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

17 Citations (Scopus)

Controlling the application of the mutual exclusivity assumption in the acquisition of lexical hierarchies

Haryu, E. & Imai, M., 1999 Jan 1, In : Japanese Psychological Research. 41, 1, p. 21-34 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

17 Citations (Scopus)

Cross-linguistically shared and language-specific sound symbolism in novel words elicited by locomotion videos in Japanese and English

Saji, N., Akita, K., Kantartzis, K., Kita, S. & Imai, M., 2019 Jul 1, In : PloS one. 14, 7, e0218707.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Do classifiers make the syntactic count/mass distinction? Insights from ERPs in classifier processing in Japanese

Kanero, J., Imai, M., Okada, H. & Hoshino, N., 2015 Aug 1, In : Journal of Memory and Language. 83, p. 20-52 33 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

10 Citations (Scopus)

Grammatical Gender and Inferences About Biological Properties in German-Speaking Children

Saalbach, H., Imai, M. & Schalk, L., 2012 Sep 1, In : Cognitive Science. 36, 7, p. 1251-1267 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

19 Citations (Scopus)
18 Citations (Scopus)

How sound symbolism is processed in the brain: A study on Japanese mimetic words

Kanero, J., Imai, M., Okuda, J., Okada, H. & Matsuda, T., 2014 May 19, In : PloS one. 9, 5, e97905.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

26 Citations (Scopus)

Human locomotion in languages: Constraints on moving and meaning

Malt, B. C., Ameel, E., Imai, M., Gennari, S. P., Saji, N. & Majid, A., 2014 Jul, In : Journal of Memory and Language. 74, p. 107-123 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

19 Citations (Scopus)

Japanese sound-symbolism facilitates word learning in English-speaking children

Kantartzis, K., Imai, M. & Kita, S., 2011 Apr, In : Cognitive Science. 35, 3, p. 575-586 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

73 Citations (Scopus)

Language-relative construal of individuation constrained by universal ontology: Revisiting language universals and linguistic relativity

Imai, M. & Mazuka, R., 2007 Jan 1, In : Cognitive Science. 31, 3, p. 385-413 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

31 Citations (Scopus)

Learning proper nouns and common nouns without clues from syntax

Imai, M. & Haryu, E., 2001 Jan 1, In : Child Development. 72, 3, p. 787-802 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

30 Citations (Scopus)

Learning to read in Japan

Mason, J. M., Anderson, R. C., Omura, A., Uchida, N. & Imai, M., 1989, In : Journal of Curriculum Studies. 21, 5, p. 389-407 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

6 Citations (Scopus)

Lexicalization Patterns and the World-to-Words Mapping

Malt, B. C., Gennari, S. & Imai, M., 2010 Feb 1, Words and the Mind: How Words Capture Human Experience. Oxford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

14 Citations (Scopus)

Mapping novel nouns and verbs onto dynamic action events: Are verb meanings easier to learn than noun meanings for Japanese children?

Imai, M., Haryu, E. & Okada, H., 2005 Jan 1, In : Child Development. 76, 2, p. 340-355 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

74 Citations (Scopus)

Novel noun and verb learning in Chinese-, English-, and Japanese-speaking children

Imai, M., Li, L., Haryu, E., Okada, H., Hirsh-Pasek, K., Golinkoff, R. M. & Shigematsu, J., 2008 Jul 1, In : Child Development. 79, 4, p. 979-1000 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

94 Citations (Scopus)

Object Similarity Bootstraps Young Children to Action-Based Verb Extension

Haryu, E., Imai, M. & Okada, H., 2011 Mar 1, In : Child Development. 82, 2, p. 674-686 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

27 Citations (Scopus)

On the equivalence of superordinate concepts

Wisniewskia, E. J., Imai, M. & Casey, L., 1996 Sep, In : Cognition. 60, 3, p. 269-298 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

34 Citations (Scopus)

Properties of Attention During Reading Lessons

Imai, M., Anderson, R. C., Wilkinson, I. A. G. & Yi, H., 1992 Jun, In : Journal of Educational Psychology. 84, 2, p. 160-173 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

20 Citations (Scopus)

Reorganizing the lexicon by learning a new word: Japanese children's interpretation of the meaning of a new word for a familiar artifact

Haryu, E. & Imai, M., 2002 Jan 1, In : Child Development. 73, 5, p. 1378-1391 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

18 Citations (Scopus)

Rethinking the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis: Role of language in shaping thought

Imai, M., 2000 Dec, In : Shinrigaku Kenkyu. 71, 5, p. 415-433 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)

Revisiting the Noun-Verb Debate: A Cross-Linguistic Comparison of Novel Noun and Verb Learning in English-, Japanese-, and Chinese-Speaking Children

Imai, M., Haryu, E., Okada, H., Lianjing, L. & Shigematsu, J., 2010 Apr 1, Action Meets Word: How Children Learn Verbs. Oxford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Scope of Linguistic Influence: Does a Classifier System Alter Object Concepts?

Saalbach, H. & Imai, M., 2007 Aug 1, In : Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 136, 3, p. 485-501 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

54 Citations (Scopus)

Separating the chaff from the oats: Evidence for a conceptual distinction between count noun and mass noun aggregates

Middleton, E. L., Wisniewski, E. J., Trindel, K. A. & Imai, M., 2004 May, In : Journal of Memory and Language. 50, 4, p. 371-394 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

38 Citations (Scopus)

Sound symbolism facilitates early verb learning

Imai, M., Kita, S., Nagumo, M. & Okada, H., 2008 Oct 1, In : Cognition. 109, 1, p. 54-65 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

180 Citations (Scopus)

Sound symbolism facilitates word learning in 14-month-olds

Imai, M., Miyazaki, M., Yeung, H. H., Hidaka, S., Kantartzis, K., Okada, H. & Kita, S., 2015 Feb 19, In : PloS one. 10, 2, e0116494.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

26 Citations (Scopus)

Sound symbolism processing is lateralized to the right temporal region in the prelinguistic infant brain

Yang, J., Asano, M., Kanazawa, S., Yamaguchi, M. K. & Imai, M., 2019 Dec 1, In : Scientific reports. 9, 1, 13435.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Sound symbolism scaffolds language development in preverbal infants

Asano, M., Imai, M., Kita, S., Kitajo, K., Okada, H. & Thierry, G., 2015 May 1, In : Cortex. 63, p. 196-205 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

59 Citations (Scopus)

Talking about walking: Biomechanics and the language of locomotion: Research article

Malt, B. C., Gennari, S., Imai, M., Ameel, E., Tsuda, N. & Majid, A., 2008 Mar, In : Psychological Science. 19, 3, p. 232-240 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

44 Citations (Scopus)

The relation between language, culture, and thought

Imai, M., Kanero, J. & Masuda, T., 2016 Apr 1, In : Current Opinion in Psychology. 8, p. 70-77 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

15 Citations (Scopus)

The relation between linguistic categories and cognition: The case of numeral classifiers

Saalbach, H. & Imai, M., 2012 Apr 1, In : Language and Cognitive Processes. 27, 3, p. 381-428 48 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

12 Citations (Scopus)

The role of timing and prototypical causality on how preschoolers fast-map novel verb meanings

Abbot-Smith, K., Imai, M., Durrant, S. & Nurmsoo, E., 2017, In : First Language. 37, 2, p. 186-204 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations (Scopus)
117 Citations (Scopus)

The "symbol grounding problem" reinterpreted from the perspective of language acquisition

Imai, M., 2017 Mar 1, Meaning, Mind and Communication: Explorations in Cognitive Semiotics. Peter Lang AG, p. 145-159 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

2 Citations (Scopus)

Who is crossing where? Infants' discrimination of figures and grounds in events

Göksun, T., Hirsh-Pasek, K., Golinkoff, R. M., Imai, M., Konishi, H. & Okada, H., 2011 Nov, In : Cognition. 121, 2, p. 176-195 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

23 Citations (Scopus)

Word learning does not end at fast-mapping: Evolution of verb meanings through reorganization of an entire semantic domain

Saji, N., Imai, M., Saalbach, H., Zhang, Y., Shu, H. & Okada, H., 2011 Jan, In : Cognition. 118, 1, p. 45-61 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

31 Citations (Scopus)