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 both my general interests in experimental syntax and typology as well as my research experience in psycholinguistics.

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


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]