Academic CV

CV Jan 2019
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Recent projects

Roles of communication and contextual inference in language learning

        Lee. C., & Kurumada, C. (under review). Learning absolute meaning from variable exemplars.


        Kurumada, C., & Grimm, S. (under review). Communicative efficiency in language production and          learning: Optional plural marking.


        Kurumada, C., & Jaeger, T. F. (2015). Communicative efficiency in language production: Case-

        marker omission in Japanese. Journal of Memory and Language, 83, 152-178.


Roles of past and recent experiences in pragmatic comprehension

        Ryskin, R., Kurumada, C.,& Brown-Schmidt, S. (under review). Information integration

in online modulation of pragmatic inferences during language comprehension.

Dix, S., Gardner, B., Morgan, C., Lawrence, R., Sullivan, A., & Kurumada, C., (under review).
Online pragmatic interpretations of scalar adjectives are affected by speaker reliability.

        Rohde, H., & Kurumada, C. (2018). Alternatives and inferences in the communication of meaning. 
        In Fedemeier, C., & Watson, D. Psychology of Learning and Motivation, 68 (pp. 215-252).
        Academic Press. 


Pogue. A, Kurumada, C. & Tanenhaus, M.K. (2016). Talker-specific generalization of pragmatic inferences based on under- or over-informative prenominal adjective use. Frontiers in Psychology. [here]

Thesis projects: Statistical and pragmatic inferences in language acquisition and development

Kurumada, C. & Clark, E. (2016). Pragmatic inferences in context: Learning to interpret
contrastive prosody. Journal of Child Language,
available on CJO2016. doi:10.1017/S0305000916000246.


Collaboration with Eve V. Clark: Gricean maxims and language acquisition

Clark, E.V., & Kurumada, C. (2013). "Be brief": From necessity to choice. In L. Goldstein. (Ed.). Brevity. Oxford University Press. 


Collaboration with Meredith Brown and Mike Tanenhaus: the prosody-pragmatics interface

Kurumada, C., Brown, M., Bibyk, S., Pontillo, D., & Tanenhaus, M. K. (2014). Is it or isn’t it: Listeners make rapid use of prosody to infer speaker meanings. Cognition, 133, 335-342. [pdf]

Kurumada, C., Brown, M., Bibyk, S., Pontillo, D., & Tanenhaus, M.K. (2014). Rapid adaptaton in online pragmatic interpretation of contrastive prosody. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. [


Kurumada, C., Brown, M., & Tanenhaus, M. K. (2013a). Comprehension and acquisition of contrastive prosody:Rational inference helps adults and children cope with noisy input. The 26th CUNY conference of sentence processing, South Carolina, March 21st. [presentation slides]


Kurumada, C., Brown, M., & Tanenhaus, M. K. (2012). Pragmatic interpretation of contrastive prosody: It looks like speech adaptation. The proceedings of the 35th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Sapporo, Japan, August. [pdf]  



Collaboration with Mike Frank and Stephan Meylan: Statistical word segmentation

 Kurumada, C., Meylan, S.C., & Frank, M.C. (2013). “Zipfian frequency distributions facilitate word segmentation in context”. Cognition. 439-453 [pdf]


Kurumada, C., Meylan, S.C., & Frank, M.C. (2011b). “Statistical word segmentation of Zipfian frequency distributions". Paper presented at BUCLD 36, November 5th. [slides (pdf)]




My Projects 2008-2013:Language perception and production

Relative clause production in Japanese

Kurumada, C. (2011b). Syntactic context affects probability estimation: Evidence from Japanese relative clauses. Paper presentation at 2011 LSA meeting, Pittsburgh, January 6.


Collaboration with Meghan, Roey and Middy on speech perception

Sumner, M., Kurumada, C., Gafter, R., & Casillas, M. (2013). Phonetic variation and the recognition of words with pronunciation variants. Proceedings of the 36th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.


Collaboration with T.Florian Jaeger on communciative efficiency on language production

Kurumada, C. & T. Florian Jaeger (2013). Communicatively efficient language production and case-marker omission in Japanese. Proceedings of the 36th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society [pdf]


My projects 2008-2009: Pragmatics and acquisition of Japanese

Child-mother interaction and the acquistion of the topic marker wa in Japanese

Kurumada, C. (2009). The acquisition and development of the topic marker wa in L1 Japanese: the role of NP-wa? in child-mother interaction. In Corrigan, B., Moravcsik, E., Ouali, H., and Wheatly, K (eds), Formulaic language (Typological studies in language). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. [pdf]


Collaboration with Shoichi Iwasaki: Pragmatics before semantics??: the acquisition of the adjective ii 'good' in Japanese

Kurumada, C., & Iwasaki, S. (2012). Negotiating desirability: The acquisition of the uses of ii 'good' in mother-child interactions in Japanese. Proceedings of the 19th conference of Japanese Korean Linguistics. [pdf]


3 projects I'm working on (as of Jan.10, 2019)

Teaching BCS 206/207 Undergraduate research in Cognitive Sciences [syllabus]

and BCS 259 Language Development


Prosodic adaptation studies under way!


Eye-tracking studies on perceived reliability of a talker on pragmatic inferences