Anya Lunden presents across Europe

Anya Lunden is currently giving a series of presentations in Europe.

She recently presented at the Manchester Phonology Meeting with student Anna Marry. The title of their presentation was “Effects of stress-based rhythm on unstressed syllables”. Check out the photos below!

Coming up in June, Anya will be giving not one, but two presentations at Phonetics and Phonology in Europe. The first presentation is a joint talk with recent William & Mary Linguistics graduate Kelsey Renoll titled “Position and stress as factors in metathesis. This talk with Kelsey comes out of work from a Summer Research Grant from the William & Mary Charles Center and a followup independent study. The title of her second presentation is “Phonetic motivation for final stress lapse”.

In between conferences, Anya will be a visiting lecturer at the University of Kent, where she will also be giving a talk on the Research Day titled “Explaining final stress lapse. To top it off, she’ll be giving a seminar on stress theory to MA and Ph.D. students!



Lab meetings and experiments begin!

It’s been a busy month in the lab. Anya Lunden and Dan Parker are currently running a new batch of experiments. Recruiting participants has never been easier since we joined the participant pool maintained by the Psychology department.

Our lab is still ‘under construction’, but we’re making great progress in getting everything set up. One of our most recent additions is a dual computer workstation housed inside the sound booth. This setup allows us to run multiple participants simultaneously (read: we get a lot of data quickly). Prof. Parker is also currently working with the Procurement Office to obtain a new eye-tracking system. We’ll also be getting some new furniture soon too!

Another big development is that we held our first lab meeting in preparation for summer research. This meeting was an informational meeting, and was well attended by undergraduate students. As we transition into summer, we’ll start holding smaller meetings more regularly to discuss current research developments. Stay tuned!

LaRose awarded honors fellowship

Congratulations to Bobby LaRose, who has received funding from the Charles Center for his honors thesis project on “Structural priming across cognitive domains: From music to language and math“! Bobby will conduct the research for his project in the lab this summer, with his advisor Dan Parker. You can learn more about the project from Bobby himself by watching the video below:


W&M Faculty at WCCFL and SRCD

It’s been a busy few weeks for CELL faculty. Anya Lunden and coauthor Erin Ament present their work on “Experimental evidence for the syllabic role of word-final consonants” at the 33rd West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 33) in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Dimitrios Skorodos and coauthor Anna Papagragou present their work on “Pragmatic inference in children: reasoning about scalar alternatives” at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dan Parker wins Katz Award

Congratulations to Dan Parker who received the J. J. Katz Young Scholar Award at the 28th CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing held at the University of Southern California. This award recognizes the paper presented at the annual conference that best exhibits the qualities of intellectual rigor, creativity, and independence of though exemplified in the life and work of Professor Jerrold J. Katz.