Dr Sanako Mitsugi

Lecturer in Japanese

School of Languages and Cultures
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 56827


Research Interests

  • The acquisition of Japanese as second languages
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Second language sentence processing


  • Master of Arts, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Carnegie Mellon University


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Book Chapter

  • Mitsugi, Sanako (2018). Characterizing learners’ use of passive through constructions: a corpus-driven approach. In Kyoko Masuda (Ed.), Cognitive linguistics and Japanese pedagogy (pp. 99-128) Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter. doi:10.1515/9783110456554-005

  • Mitsugi, Sanako (2013). Japanese language oral proficiency placement examination. In Kimi Kondo-Brown, James Dean Brown and Waka Tominaga (Ed.), Practical assessment tools for college Japanese (pp. 33-38) Honolulu, HI, United States: National Foreign Language Resource Center, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

  • Mitsugi, Sanako and MacWhinney, Brian (2010). Second language processing in Japanese scrambled sentences. In Bill VanPatten and Jill Jegerski (Ed.), Second language processing and parsing: theory and research (pp. 159-176) Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins. doi:10.1075/lald.53.07mit

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Mitsugi, Sanako (2017). Syntactic prediction in L2 comprehension: evidence from Japanese adverbials. In: Maria LaMendola and Jennifer Scott, Proceedings of the 41st annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. The 41st Boston University of Child Language Development, Boston, MA, United States, (509-521). 4-6 November 2016.

  • Mitsugi, Sanako, MacWhinney, Brian and Shirai, Yasuhiro (2010). Cue-based processing of relative clauses in L2 Japanese. In: Matthew T. Prior, Yukiko Watanabe and Sang-Ki Lee, Selected Proceedings of the 2008 Second Language Research Forum. Second Language Research Forum, Honolulu, HI, United States, (123-138). 17-19 October 2008.

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