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Dr Kumiko Fukumura




How do violations of Gricean maxims affect reading?
Fukumura Kumiko, van Gompel Roger P.G.
Journal of Memory and Language Vol 95, pp. 1-18, (2017)
Development of audience design in children with and without ASD
Fukumura Kumiko
Developmental Psychology Vol 52, pp. 71-87, (2016)
Interface of linguistic and visual information during audience design
Fukumura Kumiko
Cognitive Science Vol 39, pp. 1419–1433, (2015)
Effects of order of mention and grammatical role on anaphor resolution
Fukumura Kumiko, van Gompel Roger P. G.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition Vol 41, pp. 501-525, (2015)
Aiming at shorter dependencies : the role of agreement morphology
Ros Idoia, Santesteban Mikel, Fukumura Kumiko, Laka Itziar
Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, (2015)
The effect of noun phrase length on the form of referring expressions
Karimi Hossein, Fukumura Kumiko, Ferreira Fernanda, Pickering Martin J.
Memory and Cognition Vol 42, pp. 993-1009, (2014)

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I teach psychology of language across many different classes. I also teach statistics and experimental psychology at postgraduate level.


  • Level 2: Cognition and Neuropsychology
  • Level 3: Cognition (co-ordinator)
  • Level 3: Development
  • Level 4: Psychology of Language


  • Quantitative research Methods (co-ordinator)
  • Experimental Psychology


Research interests

My main research interest is in the area of psychology of language and communication, focusing on:

(1) how do speakers produce and comprehend languages?

(2) how do speakers and addressees achieve successful communication?

(3) how language communication skills might develop?

If you're interested in any of these issues or any other issue related to the psychology of language, which you might wish to share with me, please get in touch!


Selected Grants and Awards

2017-2020     Leverhulme Trust: the mechanisms of choosing pronouns: a cross-linguistic study (PI: Kumiko Fukumura, Co-PI: F-Xavier Alario), Award & Strathclyde share: £156,799.

2016-2020     European Research Council (ERC) Horizon 2020: Cross-linguistic acquisition of sentence structure: integrating experimental and computational approaches (PI: Ben Ambridge, CI: Kumiko Fukumura, 4 partners in total), Award: €1,600,000 (Strathclyde share: €45,346).

2015-2016     Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) Grant: The impact of Gricean maxims on reading (PI: Kumiko Fukumura) Award: £2,500.

2011-2013     British Academy Small Grant: The role of pragmatic development in children's choice of referring expressions (PI: Kumiko Fukumura) Award: £7,443.

2011-2012     Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) Grant: Choosing referring expressions and the structure of discourse (PI: Kumiko Fukumura) Award: £2,000.

2010-2011      Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Post-doc Fellowship: How do people choose referring expressions in communication? (PI: Kumiko Fukumura) Award: £113,109.



The mechanisms of choosing pronouns: A cross-linguistic study
Fukumura, Kumiko (Principal Investigator)
Period 02-Jan-2017 - 08-Dec-2019
Testing Gricean hypotheses during reading
Fukumura, Kumiko (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Feb-2015 - 31-Jan-2016
Choosing referring expressions and the structure of discourse
Fukumura, Kumiko (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2011 - 30-Jun-2012
The role of pragmatic development in children's choice of referring expressions
Fukumura, Kumiko (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2011 - 30-Sep-2013

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