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 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).
Congratulations to Prof. Anya Lunden who recently published a series of papers appearing in Phonology, Laboratory 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.
Lunden, Anya, Jessica Campbell, Mark Hutchens, and Nick Kalivoda. 2017. Vowel-length contrasts and phonetic cues to stress: an investigation of their relation. Phonology 34:565-580.
Lunden, Anya. 2017. Duration, vowel quality, and the rhythmic pattern of English. Laboratory Phonology 8: 1–20.
Lunden, Anya and Kelsey Renoll. Position and stress as factors in long distance metathesis. The Linguistic Review 34(4): 615–634.
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 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. 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 Language, 94, 272-290. [pdf]
Prof. Dan Parker and recent graduate, Daniel Lantz (’16), just published their work “Encoding and Accessing Linguistics Representations in a Dynamically Structured Holographic Memory System” in the journal Topics in Cognitive Science (topiCS). This paper is an extended version of their earlier 2016 paper of the same title that was published in the proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Cognitive Modeling (ICCM)
Parker, D. & Lantz, D. (accepted). Encoding and Accessing Linguistic Representations in a Dynamically Structured Holographic Memory System. Topics in Cognitive Science, 9, 51-68. [pdf; supersedes the 2016 ICCM paper of the same title]
Prof. Dan Parker and Colin Phillips (U. of Maryland) just published their work on illusory negative polarity item (NPI) licensing in Cognition! In this paper, Parker and Phillips use standard psycholinguistic methodologies to show that by making minimal changes to a sentence, it is possible to selectively control the presence and absence of linguistic illusions involving NPIs. These findings turn out to be very informative about how linguistic structure is encoded in working memory. Check out the paper:
We’ve had a very productive start to the Fall 2016 semester. Our first big development is bringing onboard Erica Schneider as our first Lab Manager! We are very excited to have Erica join us. She is already whipping things into shape by organizing a series of engaging lab meetings. Earlier this semester, we heard about new developments from Prof. Anya Lunden’s research group, which consists of Prof. Lunden, and students Jessica Campbell and Mark Hutchens. They recently submitted a new paper that uses qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate typological stress patterns. Following that, Prof. Parker led a discussion about computational methods in language science. Next up on the agenda is a career development workshop designed to help students learn how to situate their linguistics skills and research experiences in a broader context to pursue a range of career opportunities.
Stay tuned for more updates. Plenty of things on the way, ranging from new papers to new outreach events.
Prof. Dan Parker and recent graduate, Daniel Lantz, recently presented their paper “Encoding and Accessing Linguistics Representations in a Dynamically Structured Holographic Memory System” at the 14th International Conference on Cognitive Modeling (ICCM), where the paper was recognized as an “Outstanding Paper”. The award was selected by the international program committee and the conference chairs. Congratulations!
You can check out the paper here: [pdf]