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I am interested in cognitive representations of polysemous words, especially grammatical morphemes, such as particles and auxiliaries, and their acquisition processes both in L1 and L2 contexts. My doctoral dissertation was on the lexical development and representation of Japanese particle NI.  I have since extended my research to other particles in Japanese, such as DE, KARA, and TO, and counterparts in other languages, including Korean, as well as other types of grammatical morphemes like auxiliaries. In my current research project, I am interested in how children acquire the Japanese particles, and whether they acquire different particles differently. I am also interested in cross-linguistic study of semantic distributions of similar grammatical morphemes.

I have also been collaborating with Grace Wiebe (U of Alberta) and Yasuyo Edasawa on a number of projects dealing with CALL in Japanese teaching.


piano, traveling, and wine.

Favorite Expression:

一期一会 ("Live everyday as though it were last ")

Office Address:

3-22 Pembina Hall
University of Alberta
Edmonton AB T6G 2H8

tel: (780) 492-1565
fax: (780) 492-7440

email: kaori.kabata@ualberta.ca


Kaori Kabata, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Studies


Director, Prince Takamado Japan Centre for Teaching and Research