• The Ota corpus: A longitudinal corpus of spontaneous speech by 3 Japanese-acquiring children (age: 1;0-2;6)
  • The Falls Church corpus: A longitudinal corpus of spontaneous speech by an English-Japanese bilingual child (age: 1;7-2;7)

Recent publications

In press

Ota, M., Davies-Jenkins, N., & Skarabela, B. Why choo-choo is better than train: The role of register-specific words in early vocabulary development. To appear in Cognitive Science. Postprint


Ota, M., Yamane, N. & Mazuka, R. (2018). The effects of lexical pitch accent on infant word recognition in Japanese. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 2354.

Ota, M., & Skarabela, B. (2018). Reduplication facilitates early word segmentation. Journal of Child Language, 45, 204-218. Postprint

Stewart, M. E., Petrou, A. M., & Ota, M. (2018). Categorial speech perception in adults with autism spectrum conditions. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 48, 72-82. Postprint


Skarabela, B., & Ota, M. (2017). Two-year-olds, but not younger children, comprehend 'it' in ambiguous contexts: Evidence from preferential looking. Journal of Child Language, 44, 255-268. Postprint


Ota, M., & Skarabela, B (2016). Reduplicated words are easier to learn. Language Learning and Development, 12, 380-397. Postprint

Ota, M. (2016). The development of prosody: Stress, tone and intonation. In J. Lidz, W. Snyder & J. Pater (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of developmental linguistics (pp. 68-86). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Postprint


Ota, M., Stewart, M. E., Petrou, A., & Dickie, C. (2015). Lexical effects on children's speech processing: Individual differences reflected in the Autism-Spectrum Quotient (AQ). Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 58, 422-433. Postprint

Nakai, S., Lindsay, S., & Ota, M. (2015). A prerequisite to L1 homophone effects in L2 spoken-word recognition. Second Language Research, 31, 29-52. Postprint

Skarabela, B., Ota, M., Fazekas, J., & Wihlborg, L. (2015). Do baby-talk words reflect biomechanical constraints on speech production? Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Glasgow: University of Glasgow.

Ota, M. (2015). L1 phonology: phonological development. In H. Kubozono (Ed.), Handbook of Japanese Language and Linguistics, vol. 2 (pp. 681-717). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. Postprint

Ou, S., & Ota, M. (2015). Is second-language acquisition guided by metrical principles? Evidence from Mandarin-speaking learners of English. In Y. E. Hsiao & L.-H. Wee (Eds.), Capturing phonological shades within and across languages (pp. 389-413). Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Postprint

Selected publications (pre-2014)

Ota, M., & Green, S. J. (2013). Input frequency and lexical variability in phonological development: A survival analysis of word-initial cluster production. Journal of Child Language, 40, 539-566. Postprint

Dickie, C., Ota, M., & Clark, A. (2013). Revisiting the phonological deficit in dyslexia: Are implicit non-orthographic representations impaired? Applied Psycholinguistics, 34, 649-672. Postprint

Stewart, M. E., McAdam, C., Ota, M., Peppé, S., & Cleland, J. (2013). Emotional recognition in Autism Spectrum Conditions from voices and faces. Autism, 17, 6-14. Postprint

Ota, M., Hartsuiker, R. J., & Haywood, S. L. (2010). Is a FAN always FUN? Phonological and orthographic effects in bilingual visual word recognition. Language and Speech, 53, 383-403. Preprint

Ota, M., Hartsuiker, R. J., & Haywood, S. L. (2009). The KEY to the ROCK: Near-homophony in nonnative visual word recognition. Cognition, 111, 263-269.

Stewart, M. E. & Ota, M. (2008). Lexical effects on speech perception in individuals with "autistic" traits. Cognition, 109, 157-162.

Ota, M. (2006). Children's production of word accents in Swedish revisited. Phonetica, 63, 230-246.

Ota, M. (2006). Input frequency and word truncation in child Japanese: Structural and lexical effects. Language and Speech, 49, 261-295.

Ota, M. (2004). The learnability of a stratified lexicon. Journal of Japanese Linguistics, 20, 19-40. Postprint

Ota, M. (2003). The development of lexical pitch accent systems: An autosegmental analysis. Canadian Journal of Linguistics, 48, 357-383.

Ota, M. (2003). The development of prosodic structure in early words: Continuity, divergence and change. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Google book preview

Ota, M. (2001). Phonological theory and the development of prosodic structure: Evidence from child Japanese. Annual Review of Language Acquisition, 1, 65-118.

Fukazawa, H., Kitahara, M., & Ota, M. (1998). Lexical stratification and ranking invariance in constraint-based grammars. In M. C. Gruber, D. Higgins, K. S. Olson and T. Wysocki (eds.), Papers from the 34th meeting of the Chicago Lingustic Society. Volume 2: The panels, 47-62. Chicago, IL: CLS. Postprint