Research

Overview

My interests focus on bilingualism and second-language acquisition. In particular, I’m interested in how second-language learners acquire syntactic forms in a new language, through learner biases, transfer, or other means. This stems from my theoretical interests in syntax and syntactic adaptation.

I have assisted with research in topics such as psycholinguistics, language acquisition, phonetic adaptation, and semantics and semantic ambiguity, and have studied computational linguistics.


Bachelor’s Thesis

Modern Languages and Cultures – Japanese

The subject-object binary and shōjo-mother dynamic in contemporary Japanese literature: Combatting patriarchal ideology – a literature study of three works of contemporary Japanese fiction, Hotel Iris, Snakes and Earrings, and “The Unfertilized Egg.” I argue that in order for work to combat patriarchal ideology, it must criticize both the subject-object binary, as proposed by Laura Mulvey, and the cultural standards of the shōjo and the “mother” figures.


Current Projects

Semantic usage differences of “talk x” versus “talk about x”

  • a judgement task looking at the pragmatic differences between “let’s talk [noun]” and “let’s talk about [noun]”.
    • Poster presentation done at Dimensions of D workshop on Sept. 17-18, 2016. Done with Solveiga Armoskaite, Graeme McGuire, Najia Khaled, Wes Orth, Miriam Kohn, Cameron Morgan, and Anthony Vaccaro. [poster]
    • Paper based on the above poster presentation. Done with Najia Khaled, Miriam Kohn, and Solveiga Armoskaite. [in progress]

Previous Projects

Length-dependent preferences in language processing – an artificial language study that teaches subject basic vocabulary and demonstrates a semi-flexible word order. Learners tend to restructure constituents based on length, even when it differs from their native language preferences, to reduce dependency lengths. Tested subjects and transcribed/coded data. Done with Maryia Fedzechkina, Becky Chu, and T. Florian Jaeger. Mentioned in acknowledgements. [paper]

Pragmatic inference with nonce nouns – an eye-tracking study that uses a pseudo-English artificial language to test if contrastive inference appears with nonce nouns. Done with Chigusa Kurumada, Amanda Pogue, and Bethany Gardner. [poster]