Research

Neurolinguistic analysis of compositionality in language processing

This project is interested in how perceptions of compositionality affect perceptions of grammaticality. Using direct measures (i.e. EEG), we are interested in how disruptions to expected, conventional strings modulate responses at the neural level. Further, we are interested in what these types of violations can tell us about the nature of processing violations in literal compared to nonliteral contexts.  This project is in collaboration with Dr. Vicky Lai.

Formulaic language processing in native and nonnative speakers

This project is interested in when information about local co-occurrence probability becomes available during processing. Specifically, considering expressions with varying degrees of semantic opacity (i.e. idioms v. literal collocations), this project compares reading behaviors of native and nonnative speakers to investigate how semantic opacity discriminates processing of different types of fixed expressions. This project is in collaboration with Drs. Darren Tanner and Kiel Christianson.

Neurocognitive indices of visual word recognition and prediction in context

This project is interested in how sentential constraint modulates expectations for upcoming visual wordforms in linguistic stimuli in both native and nonnative speakers. By manipulating the degree of informativity of the surrounding context, this project is geared toward examining the interaction between visual feature recognition and prediction as participants read English sentences. This project is in collaboration with Drs. Darren Tanner and Kiel Christianson.