Naho Orita

5th year PhD student, Department of Linguistics, University of Maryland

Naho Orita

I'm a PhD candidate in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland.
My research is in computational psycholinguistics and language acquisition.
I'm co-advised by Naomi Feldman and Jeffrey Lidz.
I'm a member of UMD's interdisciplinary Language Science community.

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Email: naho@umd.edu
Office: 1401 Marie Mount Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

Research Interests

I am interested in how humans use discourse information in the language acquisition and language production. I use computational models to formalize these questions. I have investigated how language learners learn grammatical categories of pronouns using discourse information and how speakers represent/use discourse information when they choose referring expression. I have also conducted various behavioral experiments to investigate children's linguistic knowledge.

Papers

(* peer-reviewed)

* Orita, N., E. Vornov, N. Feldman, and H. Daumé III (to appear). Why discourse affects speakers' choices of referring expressions. Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) 2015.

* Orita, N., E. Vornov, N. Feldman, and J. Boyd-Graber (2014). Quantifying the role of discourse topicality in speakers' choices of referring expressions. Association for Computational Linguistics, Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics. [NOTE: This is an updated version that corrects a minor bug in the computation of the log likelihood ratio]

* Dudley, R., N. Orita, V. Hacquard, and J. Lidz. (2014). 3-year-olds' understanding of 'know' and 'think'. In Experimental Perspectives on Presuppositions. (ed.) Florian Schwarz. Springer.

* Orita, N., R. McKeown, N. Feldman, J. Lidz, and J. Boyd-Graber. (2013). Discovering Pronoun Categories using Discourse Information. Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. [Code here]

Agbedor, P. and N. Orita. (2012). Ewe. In Handbook of African Languages. (Eds.) K. Shiota and S. Komori. Hiroshima; Keisuisha.

Omaki, A., N. Orita, and J. Lidz. [in prep]. Beyond artificial language: Statistical learning of an English non-adjacent syntactic dependency.

Orita, N., H. Ono, N. Feldman, and J. Lidz. [in prep]. A conservative interpretation of the reflexive zibun by Japanese children.

Conference Presentations

* Orita, N., H. Ono, N. Feldman, and J. Lidz. (2014). A conservative interpretation of the reflexive zibun by Japanese children. 39th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston University. 7 November. [poster]

* Orita, N., E. Vornov, N. Feldman, and J. Boyd-Graber. (2014). Quantifying the role of discourse topicality in speakers' choices of referring expressions. ACL Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics, Johns Hopkins University. 26 June. [talk]

* Dudley, R., N. Orita, M. Moyer, V. Hacquard, and J. Lidz. (2013). Factivity in three-year-olds' understanding of ``know'' and ``think''. 38th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston University. 3 November. [talk]

* Orita, N., R. McKeown, N. Feldman, J. Lidz, and J. Boyd-Graber. (2013). Discovering Pronoun Categories using Discourse Information. 35th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Berlin, Germany. [poster]

* Dudley, R., N. Orita, M. Moyer, V. Hacquard, and J. Lidz. (2013). Three year olds' understanding of know and think. 49th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society. [talk]

* Lidz, J., A. Omaki, and N. Orita. (2012). Input in the lab causes 15-month-olds to learn an English non-adjacent dependency. 37th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston University. 3 November. [talk]

* Orita, N., N. Feldman, and J. Lidz. (2012). Simulation of Pronoun Acquisition. Mid-Atlantic Student Colloquium on Speech, Language and Learning, University of Maryland. 19 October. [talk]

* Orita, N.. (2011). Ewe children's understanding of the complements of want, say and think. 42th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, University of Maryland. [talk]

* Nishigauchi, T. and N. Orita. (2008). The logophoric pronoun in Ewe: Point-of-view projections and (non-obligatory) control. 137th Meeting of the Linguistic Society of Japan, Kanazawa University. [talk]