This page is for my poster presented at the 17th Annual International Conference of the Japanese Society for Language Sciences (JSLS2015) held on July 18 & 19 at the Beppu International Convention Center.

Definiteness, specificity, and Japanese speakers’ knowledge of the English article system

2-page summary [PDF] included in the Conference Handbook

Poster [PDF] (reduced to A4)


I would like to thank Yu Tamura for his help with statistical analyses. My thanks also go to Atsushi Mizumoto for reading and giving suggestions for an earlier version of this study.


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