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About WM Linguistics

Assistant Professor of Linguistics College of William & Mary

Students present at Summer Research Showcase

Linguistics students who received summer research funds from W&M presented their research at the 2018 Summer Research Showcase last week. Check out the great projects below!

Adam An: How do we remember what we don’t know? (Advisor: Prof. Parker)


Daniel Eliseev: Regionalism, Nationality, and Language Attitudes in the English-Office West Indies (Advisor: Iyabo Osiapem)


Tatiana Prioleau: Variation in Agreement Attraction (Advisor: Prof. Parker)


Kate Sandberg: Persuasion in Discourse: Evaluation Strategies of Vegans (Advisor: Prof. Cochrane)


Kelsey Sheridan: An investigation into the presence of inherent noun/gender relationships (Advisor: Prof. Lunden)


Irene Williams: Power & Solidarity in Political Discourse: How American Senators Talk about Our Healthcare (Advisor: Prof. Cochrane)


Prof. Parker and student Adam An publish in Frontiers

Prof. Parker and junior Adam An (double major in Linguistics and Computer Science) recently published their research in Frontiers in Psychology: Language Sciences. The paper titled “Not all phrases are equally attractive: Experimental evidence for selective agreement attraction effects” shows that agreement attraction effects in sentence comprehension are more selective than previously assumed, and explains the effects in terms of memory encoding and retrieval processes.

Prof. Cochrane presents at Sociolinguistics Symposium

Prof. Cochrane travelled to Auckland, New Zealand this summer to give a talk at the 22nd Annual Sociolinguistics Symposium. Her paper, ‘She was like me: Identity construction in vicarious narratives’, demonstrated how speakers discursively construct identities in narratives of vicarious experience (featuring third person characters) rather than solely in personal narratives (featuring the teller as a character).

Prof. Parker presents research at CUNY

Prof. Parker will be heading to UC Davis March 14-17 to give a talk at the 31st Annual CUNY Human Sentence Processing Conference. His talk is titled “A multi-dimensional view of NPI licensing”, and will present new research showing that real-time Negative Polarity Item (NPI) licensing is driven by semantic and pragmatic conditions, and must involve more than a simple syntactic feature matching process as previously assumed.

Prof. Parker awarded WMSURE/Mellon Foundation Fellowship

Prof. Parker was recently awarded a William & Mary Scholars Undergraduate Research Experience (WMSURE) Fellowship funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to improve interdisciplinary education at the College. As a WMSURE/Mellon Fellow, Prof. Parker will work to increase the opportunities for students from first generation and lower income families, and historically under-represented racial and ethnic groups, to participate in research under faculty supervision.

The Lunden triumvirate

Congratulations to Prof. Anya Lunden who recently published a series of papers appearing in PhonologyLaboratory Phonology, and The Linguistic Review!

The paper in Phonology was co-authored with current W&M student Jessica Campbell and recent graduate Mark Hutchins, along with Nick Kalivoda (UCSC). The paper in The Linguistic Review was co-authored with graduate Kelsey Renoll.

Happy reading!

Lunden, Anya, Jessica Campbell, Mark Hutchens, and Nick Kalivoda. 2017. Vowel-length contrasts and phonetic cues to stress: an investigation of their relationPhonology 34:565-580.

Lunden, Anya. 2017. Duration, vowel quality, and the rhythmic pattern of EnglishLaboratory Phonology 8: 1–20.

Lunden, Anya and Kelsey Renoll. Position and stress as factors in long distance metathesisThe Linguistic Review 34(4): 615–634.

Prof. Parker publishes new article in Journal of Memory and Language

Prof. Dan Parker published a new article in Journal of Memory and Language. The paper “Processing multiple gap dependencies: Forewarned is forearmed” investigates the processing of sentences with across-the-board (ATB) extraction to better understand the mechanisms of syntactic prediction in sentence comprehension.

Parker, D. 2017. Processing multiple gap dependencies: Forewarned is forearmed. Journal of Memory and Language, 97, 175-186. [pdf]

That’s a wrap (for Spring 2017)!

We accomplished a lot in the Spring 2017 semester. Let’s take stock:

  • 2 Honors theses from Quentin Ullrich (chair: Prof. Parker) and Alexa Rosalsky (chair: Prof. Lunden)
  • 2 new honors projects approved for the 2017-2018 academic year, from Jessica Campbell and Joshua Greenfield.
  • We once again hosted the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO)
  • Prof. Lunden gave 2 talks at the 2017 Linguistic Society of America (LSA) Annual meeting.
  • Prof. Lunden published an article in Phonology, co-authored with W&M students Jessica Campbell and Mark Hutchins (along with Nick Kalivoda).
  • Prof. Parker published 3 articles . One article appeared in Trends in Cognitive Science (co-authored with recent alumnus, Daniel Lantz) one in Journal of Memory and Language (co-authored with Colin Phillips), and one in an edited volume on Language Processing and Disorders (co-authored with Mike Shvartsman and Julie Van Dyke)
  • Prof. Harrigan successfully connected with area schools to conduct acquisition research with W&M students.
  • Prof. Parker gave 3 presentations (2 posters and 1 talk) at CUNY 2017
  • A multidisciplinary team of faculty including Prof. Parker established the new Data Science Program at W&M, which students can pursue a degree in starting this Fall
  • Prof. Parker obtained a Faculty Summer Research grant to support research in the lab this summer
  • And we churned through a series of exciting lab meetings from students and faculty!

Whew! Certainly looking forward to Summer!


Prof. Parker to give 3 presentations at CUNY 2017

Prof. Parker will be heading to MIT this March to give three presentations at CUNY 2017:

Schlueter, Z., Parker, D., & Lau, E. (Mis)interpreting agreement attraction: Evidence from a novel dual-task paradigm. Talk at the 30th CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing. MIT.

Parker, D. Memory retrieval in sentence comprehension uses a non-linear cue combination rule. Poster at the 30th CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing. MIT.

Parker, D. Selective agreement attraction effects: Not all phrases are equally attractive. Poster at the 30th CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing. MIT.

Prof. Parker publishes in Journal of Memory and Language

Prof. Dan Parker and Colin Phillips (UMD) just published new work in Journal of Memory and Language. Their paper, “Reflexive attraction is selective” shows how to systematically induce attraction effects for reflexive anaphors using eye-tracking. Check it out!

Parker, D. & Phillips, C. (2017). Reflexive attraction in comprehension is selective. Journal of Memory and Language94, 272-290. [pdf]