Category Archives: Undergraduate Research

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)

An-SRS

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

Eliseev-SRS

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

Prileou-SRS

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

Sandberg-SRS

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

SHERIDAN-SRS

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

Williams-SRS

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. 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.

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 and alumnus Daniel Lantz publish in topiCS

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]

New Semester, New People, New Developments

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 & Alumnus Daniel Lantz receive award for outstanding paper

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]

Parker & Lantz publish in ICCM proceedings

Prof. Dan Parker and freshly minted W&M graduate Daniel Lantz will be heading to the Pennsylvania State University to give a talk on “Encoding and accessing linguistic representations in a dynamically structured holographic memory system” at the 2016 International Conference on Cognitive Modeling (ICCM 2016) August 4-6. The talk will present a new computational model designed to explain the selective behavior of illusory negative polarity item (NPI) licensing. Check out the proceedings paper here: http://parker.blogs.wm.edu/files/2016/06/ParkerLantz-ICCM.pdf  

Quentin Ullrich presents at the 2016 Harvard Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium

Rising senior, Quentin Ullrich, got a sample of what’s it like to “pahk the cah on Hahvahd Yahd”, as a presenter at this year’s Harvard Undergraduate Colloquium.

Quentin’s talk titled: “Real Consumer Language: A Corpus-Based Approach to Trademark Law”, presented his findings on using social media data to inform trademark law. The research for his project was carried out in the Computational & Experimental Linguistics Lab (CELL), and will be developed further for his honors thesis. Great work Quentin!