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]
William & Mary once again served as a site host for the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO). The event is an annual competition that engages high schoolers in language and logic problems. This year, we had around 10 students from local schools participate. Many thanks to the student volunteers, Jessica Campbell and Colin Wilson for their help promoting the event.
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:
Negative polarity illusions and the format of hierarchical encodings in memory
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]
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
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!