Naho Orita

ORITA, Naho (折田奈甫), Associate Professor

ResearchMap site : https://researchmap.jp/naho_orita

E-mail : [orita@waseda.jp]

My research has focused on questions of how discourse information is used in language production and language acquisition. More generally, I am interested in questions about how people learn, represent, and process their language from limited resources (e.g., input, memory, and computation). My research has been interdisciplinary: I use computational models, conduct corpus analysis/creation, and run behavioral experiments.


  • Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Maryland, 2015
  • M.A. in English, Kobe Shoin Women’s University, 2009
  • A.A. in English, Osaka Jogakuin College, 2003

Current CELESE responsibilities

Administrative roles : Coordinator for Academic Lecture Comprehension, Teaching assistant management, Publicity chair

Courses : Academic Lecture Comprehension, Academic Reading, Special Topics in Functional English

Research areas and interests

Computational psycholinguistics, Language acquisition

Representative works

  • Orita, Vornov, and Feldman (2021). “Informativity, topicality, and speech cost: Comparing models of speakers’ choices of referring expressions”. In Discourse Processes.
  • Orita, Ono, Feldman, and Lidz (2021). “Japanese children’s knowledge of the locality of zibun and kare”. In Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics.
  • Orita (to appear, 2021). “Computational modeling”. In Key Concepts of Experimental Pragmatics. (ed.) Miyamoto, Koizumi, Ono, Sauerland, and Yatsushiro.
  • Orita, Suzuki, and Matsubayashi (2020). “The input to verb learning in Japanese: picture books for syntactic bootstrapping”. In Proceedings of 44th Boston University Conference on Language Development.


  • 日本学術振興会 基盤研究(C)『人工言語を用いた項省略の研究』研究代表者. 2020-2023.
  • 日本学術振興会 若手研究『項省略を考慮した日本語の統語的ブートストラッピング』研究代表者. 2018-2019.
  • 日本学術振興会 スタート支援『母語獲得におけるわかりやすい学習事例の解明』研究代表者. 2016-2017.