Yohei Oseki

OSEKI, Yohei (大関 洋平)

  • Assistant Professor, Center for English Language Education in Science and Engineering (CELESE), Waseda University
  • Visiting Researcher, Center for Advanced Intelligence Project (AIP), RIKEN

Link to web site
Email: oseki  aoni.waseda.jp

Education

Ph.D. New York University, 2018
Visiting Student Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, 2014
Visiting Student University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2013
M.A. Hokkaido University, 2012
B.A. Hokkaido University of Education, 2010

Research Areas and Interests

Linguistics, Natural Language Processing, Cognitive Neuroscience

Main Courses Taught in 2019

  • Communication Strategies 1 & 2
  • Special Topics in Functional English: Natural Language Processing with Python

Main Responsibilities in 2019

  • Communication Strategies Coordinator
  • Information & Multimedia Technology Commitee

Publications

Papers

  • Yohei Oseki. Accepted. On the "distribution" of morphology in linguistic theory. English Linguistics.
  • Yohei Oseki & Takumi Tagawa. 2019. Dual suppletion in Japanese. MIT Working Papers in Linguistics.
  • Yohei Oseki, Charles Yang & Alec Marantz. 2019. Modeling hierarchical syntactic structures in morphological processing. Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics. Best Paper Award.
  • Carmen Saldana, Yohei Oseki & Jennifer Culbertson. 2019. Do cross-linguistic patterns of morpheme order reflect a cognitive bias? Proceedings of the 41st meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.
  • Graham Flick*, Yohei Oseki*, Amanda Kczmarek, Meera Al Kaabi, Alec Marantz & Liina Pylkkänen. 2018. Building words and phrases in the left temporal lobe. Cortex, 106: 213-236. (* denotes equal contribution)
  • Yohei Oseki & Yoichi Miyamoto. Some consequences of simplest Merge and φ-defectiveness in Japanese. MIT Working Papers in Linguistics, 87, 217-228.
  • Tal Linzen & Yohei Oseki. 2018. The reliability of acceptability judgments across languages. Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics, 3(1), Article 100.
  • Yohei Oseki & Alec Marantz. 2018. Hierarchical syntactic structures modulate brain activity during morphological processing. IEICE Technical Report, 118(163), 39-40.
  • Yohei Oseki, Yasutada Sudo, Hiromu Sakai & Alec Marantz. 2017. Inflectional directionality in morphological productivity. IEICE Technical Report, 117(149), 73-78.
  • Yohei Oseki & Alec Marantz. 2016. Computational modeling of hierarchical morphological structuers. IEICE Technical Report, 116(159), 65-69. Best Paper Award.
  • Yohei Oseki. 2016. Is suppletion local?: Evidence from Ainu. Proceedings of the 46th meeting of the North East Linguistic Society, 3, 85-94.
  • Kunio Kinjo & Yohei Oseki. 2016. Wh-Concord in Okinawan = Syntactic Movement + Morphological Merger?, University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics, 22(1), Article 20.

Books & Chapters

  • Tom Roeper & Yohei Oseki. 2018. Recursion in the acquisition path for hierarchical syntactic structure. Recursion across Domains, 267-278, Cambridge University Press.
  • Yohei Oseki (editor-in-chief), Masha Esipova & Stephanie Harves. 2017. Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics 24 & Workshop on Approaches to Slavic Morphology, Michigan Slavic Publications.

Presentations

Conferences

  • Yohei Oseki. Lexicon and computational models of morphological processing. Workshop Computational Psycholinguistics: Overview and Prospect, The 158th meeting of the Linguistic Society of Japan, Hitotsubashi University, 2019. [talk]
  • Yohei Oseki, Yasutada Sudo, Hiromu Sakai & Alec Marantz. Inverting and modeling morphological inflection. Lexicon Study Circle (LSC), Keio University, 2019. [talk]
  • Carmen Saldana, Yohei Oseki & Jennifer Culbertson. Do cross-linguistic patters of morpheme order reflect a cognitive bias? The 41st meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Montreal, Canada, 2019. [talk]
  • Shinri Ohta, Yohei Oseki & Alec Marantz. Morphological decomposition of morphologically complex verbs in Japanese: An MEG study. Psycholinguistics in Iceland - Parsing and Prediction, University of Iceland, 2019. [talk]
  • Shinri Ohta, Yohei Oseki & Alec Marantz. Morphological decomposition of morphologically complex verbs in Japanese: An MEG study. Neuroscience of Language Conference, New York University Abu Dhabi, 2019. [talk]
  • Shinri Ohta, Yohei Oseki & Alec Marantz. The neural basis of Japanese verbal processing: An MEG study. The 4th Tsutomu Sakamoto Memorial Neuroscience Meeting, Kanazawa University, 2019. [talk]
  • Yohei Oseki. Overview of Distributed Morphology. Workshop On the "Distribution" of Morphology in Linguistic Theory, The 36th meeting of the English Linguistic Society of Japan, Yokohama National University, 2018. [talk]
  • Yohei Oseki & Takumi Tagawa. Dual suppletion in Japanese. The 14th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics (WAFL 14), MIT, 2018. [talk]
  • Yohei Oseki & Takumi Tagawa. Dual suppletion in Japanese. Morphology & Lexicon Forum (MLF), Tsukuba University, 2018. [talk]
  • Yohei Oseki & Takumi Tagawa. Dual suppletion in Japanese. Lexicon Study Circle (LSC), Keio University, 2018. [talk]
  • Yohei Oseki & Alec Marantz. Hierarchical syntactic structures modulate brain activity during morphological processing. The 10th meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Quebec, Canada, 2018. [talk & poster]
  • Yohei Oseki & Alec Marantz. Hierarchical syntactic structures modulate brain activity during morphological processing. Mental Architecture for Processing and Learning of Language (MAPLL), Keio University, 2018. [talk]
  • Hiromu Sakai, Yohei Oseki & Naho Orita. Predictive processing of Japanese classifier-noun combinations: An ERP study. The 10th meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Quebec, Canada, 2018. [poster]
  • Hiromu Sakai, Yohei Oseki & Naho Orita. Predictive processing of Japanese classifier-noun combinations: An ERP study. Mental Architecture for Processing and Learning of Language (MAPLL), Keio University, 2018. [poster]
  • Hiromu Sakai, Yohei Oseki & Naho Orita. Predictive processing of Japanese classifier-noun combinations: An ERP study. The 3rd Tsutomu Sakamoto Memorial Neuroscience Meeting, Ritsumeikan University, 2018. [talk]
  • Tal Linzen & Yohei Oseki. The reliability of acceptability judgments across languages. The 92nd meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Salt Lake City, USA, 2018. [talk]
  • Yohei Oseki. Roots in "triple" transitivity alternations. Roots V, Queen Mary University of London & UCL, 2017. [poster]
  • Yohei Oseki & Itamar Kastner. The trivalency of Voice. The Cambridge Workshop on Voice (CamVoice), University of Cambridge, 2017. [talk]
  • Yohei Oseki, Yasutada Sudo, Hiromu Sakai & Alec Marantz. Inflectional directionality in morphological productivity. Mental Architecture for Processing and Learning of Language (MAPLL), The National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL), 2017. [talk]
  • Yohei Oseki & Alec Marantz. Hierarchical vs. linear syntactic models of morphological processing. The 30th CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, MIT, 2017. [poster]
  • Yohei Oseki, Ailís Cournane & Tom Roeper. Parsing to learn hierarchical syntactic structure. The 41st Penn Linguistics Conference (PLC41), University of Pennsylvania, 2017. [poster]
  • Yohei Oseki. MEG and the neural basis of morphological processing. Workshop Theoretical Linguistics and Cognitive NeuroscienceThe 152nd meeting of the Linguistic Society of Japan, Keio University, 2016. [talk]
  • Yohei Oseki & Alec Marantz. Computational modeling of hierarchical morphological structures. The Word and the Morpheme, Humbolt University of Berlin, 2016. [talk]
  • Yohei Oseki & Alec Marantz. Computational modeling of hierarchical morphological structures. Mental Architecture for Processing and Learning of Language (MAPLL), Waseda University, 2016. [talk]
  • Graham Flick, Amanda Kczmarek, Yohei Oseki, Alec Marantz & Liina Pylkkänen. Lexical access feeds composition. The 8th meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, London, UK, 2016. [poster]
  • Tal Linzen & Yohei Oseki. The reliability of acceptability judgments across language. Experimental Approaches to Arabic and other understudied languages (EXAL+), New York University Abu Dhabi, 2016. [talk]
  • Tal Linzen & Yohei Oseki. The reliability of acceptability judgments across languages. The 90th meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Washington, USA, 2016. [talk]
  • Yohei Oseki. Is suppletion local?: Evidence from Ainu. The 46th meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS 46), Concordia University, 2015. [talk]
  • Yohei Oseki, Laura Gwilliams, Esti Blanco-Elorrieta, Phoebe Gaston, Alec Marantz & Liina Pylkkänen. Neural dynamics of morphological and phrasal composition. The 7th meeting of the Soceity for the Neurobioogy of Lanaguage, Chicago, USA, 2015. [poster]
  • Kunio Kinjo & Yohei Oseki. Wh-Concord = Syntactic Movemebt + Morphological Merger? The 39th Penn Linguistics Conference (PLC 39), University of Pennsylvanie, 2015. [talk]
  • Yohei Oseki & Yoichi Miyamoto. Some consequences of simplest Merge and φ-defectiveness in Japanese. The 10th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics (WAFL 10), MIT, 2014. [talk]

Invited talks

  • Human morphological processing in the visual ventral stream, 2018-2019:
    • Shonan Meeting Language as Goal-Directed Sequential Behavior, National Institute of Informatics.
    • Evolinguistics, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology.
    • Evolinguistics, Lake Biwa Marriott Hotel.
    • The Korean Association for the Study of English Language and Linguistics, Kwangwoon Univesity, Korea.
  • MEG for the neurobiology of language, 2018-2019:
    • The Japanese Society for Language Sciences, Workshop Methods for the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language, Tohoku University.
    • Interdisciplinary Fusion Brain Science Institute, Waseda University.
  • Syntactic structures in morphological processing, 2019:
    • MarantzFest, New York University.
    • University of Tokyo Linguistics Festa, Waseda University.
  • Integrating natural language processing with cognitive science of language, 2018:
    • Center for Advanced Intelligenve Project (AIP), RIKEN.
    • Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University.
  • Morphological computation in the mind/brain, 2016:
    • The Institute of Cultural and Linguistic Studies, Keio University.
    • Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University.
  • Neural dynamics of morphological and phrasal composition, 2015:
    • Department of Basic Science, University of Tokyo.
    • Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University.
  • On the "distribution" of morphology in linguistic theory. Keio Linguistics Colloquium, Keio University, 2018.
  • Roots and projection. Faculty of Media and Communication Linguistics Colloquium, Hokkaido University, 2018.
  • Words in the brain. Meikai Linguistics Colloquium, Meikai University, 2016.
  • Voice morphology in Japanese argument structures. Faculty of Media and Communication Linguistics Colloquium, Hokkaido University, 2016.

Workshops

  • Co-Organizer of the workshop Computational Psycholinguistics: Overview and Prospect (with Naho Orita; speakers: Yohei Oseki, Doug Roland, Yusuke Kubota, Naho Orita, Yuichiro Matsubayashi; commentator: Shigeto Kawahara), The 158th meeting of the Linguistic Society of Japan, Hitotsubashi University, 2019.
  • Co-Organizer of the workshop MEG/EEG Time Frequency Analysis (with Atsushi Matsumoto), International Symposium on Neurobiology of Language, Waseda University, 2019.
  • Organizer of the workshop On the "Distribution" of Morphology in Linguistic Theory (speakers: Yohei Oseki, Hiroki Narita, Takumi Tagawa, Kunio Nishiyama), The 36th meeting of the English Linguistic Society of Japan, Yokohama National University, 2018.
  • Organizer of the workshop Theoretical Linguistics and Cognitive Neuroscience (speakers: Shinri Ohta, Shota Momma, Yohei Oseki; commentators: Hiromu Sakai, Koizumi Masatoshi, Michiru Makuuchi), The 152nd meeting of the Linguistic Society of Japan, Keio University, 2018.

Grants

  • Construction and evaluation of neuro-computational models of natural language, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Principal Investigator, 2019-2021.
  • Computational psycholinguistics of language processing with large corpora, Collaborative Research Project, National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL), Principal Investigator, 2019-2020.
  • Computational cognitive neuroscience of lexical processing, Grant-in-Aid for Research Activity Start-Up, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Principal Investigator, 2018-2020.
  • Computational cognitive neuroscience of lexical processing, Research Fellowship for Young Scientists (PD), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Principal Investigator, 2018-2021. (withdrawal)
  • Why every human language has a grammar?, Grant-in-Aid for Challenging Research (Exploratory), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Co-Investigator (PI: Hiromu Sakai), 2018-2021.
  • How does grammar emerge in the human brain?, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Co-Investigator (PI: Hiromu Sakai), 2015-2020.

Awards

  • Best Paper Award, Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics (CMCL), 2019.
  • Tsutomu Sakamoto Award, Mental Architecture for Processing and Learning of Language (MAPLL), 2016.
  • Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation Scholarship, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, 2014.
  • Henry Mitchell MacCracken Scholarship, New York University, 2013-2018.
  • Rotary International Scholarship, Rotary International (District 2560), 2013-2014.
  • Loan Exemption for Outstanding Academic Achievements, Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), 2010-2012.

Services

  • Journal reviewer: Linguistic InquiryGlossa, SyntaxJournal of Japanese Linguistics, Journal of Natural Language Processing, Royal Society Open Science, 2016-present.
  • Conference reviewer: Mental Architecture for Processing and Learning of Language (MAPLL), Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD), Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information, and Computation (PACLIC), Association for Natural Language Processing, 2018-present.
  • Book reviewer: Oxford University Press, 2019.
  • Organizer of Mental Architecture for Processing and Learning of Language (MAPLL), Konan University, 2019.
  • Organizer of Computational Psycholinguistics Tokyo, Waseda University, 2018-present.
  • Organizer of Morphology Research Group, New York University, 2015-2017.
  • Organizer of Formal Approaches to Slavic Morphology, New York University, 2015.
  • Supervisor of Whole Brain Architecture Initiative (WBAI), Dwango, 2019.
  • Webmaster of Department of Linguistics, New York University, 2014-2017.
  • Elected volunteer of Cognitive Neuroscience Society, New York, 2016.
  • Elected volunteer of Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Chicago, 2015.
  • Local Committee of Roots IV, New York University, 2015.
  • Local Committee of Kyoto Conference on Biolinguistics, Kyoto University, 2012.

 Languages

  • Natural languages: Japanese (native), English (fluent), Ainu (basic).
  • Artificial languages: Python, R, MATLAB, HTML, JavaScript, LaTeX.