Past meetings


Nov 5: Foley on "“Detecting morphosyntactic errors in Georgian”

Oct 29: CAMP abstract workshop

Oct 15: Forster et al. (2009): "The maze task: Measuring forced incremental sentence processing time"

Oct 8: NSF Workshop

May 31: Valentine Hacquard, Jeffrey Lidz. (2018). Children's attitude problems: Bootstrapping verb meaning from syntax and pragmatics. Mind and Language.

May 17: Netta presented results from her recent acceptability judgment experiment in a talk entitled “The role of judgment type in Hebrew Free Inversion”

May 10: Dillon, B., Staub, A., Levy, J., & Clifton Jr, C. (2017). Which noun phrases is the verb supposed to agree with?: Object agreement in American English. Language, 93 (1), 65-96.

May 3: UMass grad Chris Hammerly presented joint work with Adrian Staub and Brian Dillon in a talk entitled “The grammaticality asymmetry in agreement attraction reflects response bias: Experimental and modeling evidence”.

April 26: In a joint meeting with S-Circle, UC Berkeley grad Kenny Backlawski gave a presentation entitled “The discourse subordination effect and the syntax-discourse interface”

April 19: Anderson, J. R., & Reder, L. M. (1999). The fan effect: New results and new theories. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 128 (2), 186.

April 12: Staub, A., Foppolo, F., Donati, C., & Cecchetto, C. (2018). Relative clause avoidance: Evidence for a structural parsing principle. Journal of Memory and Language, 98, 26-44.

March 9: Margaret gave a presentation on joint work with Chelsea Miller, Matt Wagers, and Amanda Rysling entitled “What you remember and why: Evidence from sluicing”.

March 8: Adrian gave a talk entitled “A cognitively realistic left-corner parser with visual and motor interface”.

February 22: Jake gave a presentation on extraction from complex NP islands.

February 15: Informal round robin for everyone to get feedback on experiments they are planning to run.

February 8: Kush, D., Lidz, J., & Phillips, C. (2015). Relation-sensitive retrieval: evidence from bound variable pronouns. Journal of Memory and Language, 82, 18-40.

February 1: Parker, D. (2017). Processing multiple gap dependencies: Forewarned is forearmed. Journal of Memory and Language, 97, 175-186.

January 25: Adrian presented joint work with Jakub Dotlačil on embedding linguistic theories into Bayesian models.

January 18: Kazanina, N., Lau, E. F., Lieberman, M., Yoshida, M., & Phillips, C. (2007). The effect of syntactic constraints on the processing of backwards anaphora. Journal of Memory and Language, 56(3), 384-409.


December 6: Tom presented work on bias in Estonian polar questions.

November 15: Amanda and lab alum Shayne Sloggett gave a presentation on focus.

November 8: Margaret presented on the role of prosody and discourse status in the allocation of working memory resources.

November 1: Nick presented ongoing work on syntactic adaptation to prepositional object gaps.

October 25: Jed presented work on the processing of filler-gap dependencies in Tagalog.

October 18: Steven gave a practice talk for NELS.

October 11: Matt presented ongoing research on complex subject integration.

June 6: Zawiszewski, A. & Friederici, A.D. (2009). Processing canonical and non-canonical sentences in Basque: The case of object-verb agreement as revealed by event-related brain potentials. Brain Research 1284, 161-79.

May 30: Laka, I., & Erdocia, K. (2012). Linearization preferences given “Free Word Order”; subject preferences given ergativity: A look at Basque. In E. Torrengo (ed.), Of Grammar, Words, and Verses: In honor of Carlos Piera (pp. 115-42). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

May 16: Sauppe, S. (2016). Verbal semantics drives early anticipatory eye movements during the comprehension of verb-initial sentences. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1–13,

May 2: Ussishkin, A., Warner, N., Clayton, I., Brenner, D., Carnie, A., Hammond, M., & Fisher, M. (2017). Lexical representation and processing of word-initial morphological alternations: Scottish Gaelic mutation. Laboratory Phonology: Journal of the Association for Laboratory Phonology, 8 (1), 1–34,

April 25: Discussion of CUNY 2017 posters (part 2)

Morgan, A.M., von der Malsburg, T., Ferreira, V.S, & Wittenberg, E. This is the structure that we wonder why anyone produces it: Resumptive pronouns in English help production but hinder comprehension

Fadlon, J., Morgan, A.M., Meltzer-Asscher, A., & Ferreira, V.S. English and Hebrew speakers use language-specific strategies to produce communicatively efficient relative clauses.

April 18: Discussion of CUNY 2017 posters (part 1)

Ryskin, R., Fine, A., & Brown-Schmidt, S. Do listeners learn speaker/accent-specific syntactic biases?

Cunnings, I., & Sturt, P. Locality and discourse constraints in reflexive resolution.

March 17: Jenny, Steven, Jed, and Tom talked about the project they were working on last quarter. The project asks whether we have surface memory for prosodic shape.

February 24: Dillon, B., Clifton, C. Jr., & Frazier, L. (2014). Pushed aside: Parentheticals, memory and processing. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 29 (4), 483-98.

Margaret talked about the replication study of Dillon et. al (2014) and follow-up experiments she's conducted.

February 17: Matt talked about distinct, co-active parses during language comprehension (joint work with Brian Dillon and Caroline Andrews).

February 3: Sumner, M. (2002). The reality of abstract representations in Modern Hebrew. In L. Mikkelsen and C. Potts (eds.), Proceedings of the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, vol. 21. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press, 420-42.

Jed also gave us an update on his recent fieldwork in Davao City, Philippines. He collected behavioral data for his nasal substitution project.


November 29 : Deniz talked to us about his project on resumptive pronouns: is resumption a feature of A-bar dependencies in general, or a feature of relative clauses in particular? Theories of resumption tend to discuss it in terms of A-bar dependencies in general, while presenting only data in which the resumptive pronoun is in a relative clause. Speakers (of English, Hebrew and Arabic, at least) report that resumptive pronouns in A-bar dependencies other than relative clauses are significantly degraded relative to relative clause resumption.

November 1 : Recent alum Chelsea Miller talked to us about some follow-up experiments that she's conducted to expand the scope of her MA thesis!

October 18 : Truckenbrodt, H., Sandalo, F., & Abaurre, B. (2009). Elements of Brazilian Portuguese intonation. Journal of Portuguese Linguistics, 8(1), 75-114.

Kelsey also talked about the project she's working on that extends her work on modal particles. The aim is to try to extract prosodic contours from meanings that are projected on various discourse particles. She'll be presenting the design of the experiment she's in the process of running for both English and German, created to disconnect particles from prosodic environments that they occur in​!​

October 11 : Polinsky, M., Gomez Gallo, C., Graff, P., & Kravtchenko, E. (2012). Subject preference and ergativity. Lingua 122, 267-77.

Steven also presented the design of the project that he's been working on for his second QP that looks at the role of morphological cues in relative clause processing in Georgian.

October 4 : Kouider, S. & Dupoux, E. (2009). Episodic accessibility and morphological processing: Evidence from long-term auditory priming. Acta Psychologica, 130, 38-47.

Jed also presented the design of the project that he's been working on for his second QP that looks at lexical retrieval and the nature of representations in morphologically complex words in Cebuano, a language spoken in the Philippines.

June 10: Jed gave a practice talk for AFLA

May 13: Nate gave us an update on a series of experiments looking at object control in English.

May 6: Grad students taking Ling 258 (Advanced Psycholinguistics) got feedback on their course projects.

April 22: Deniz talked about the processing of scalar implicatures.

April 15: Matt and Sandy talked about their project on Chamorro reflexives.

April 8: Chelsea and Jed talked about 2 posters of interest from CUNY.

February 26: McCourt, M., Green, J., Lau, E., & Williams, A. (2015). Processing implicit control: Evidence from reading times. Frontiers in Psychology.

February 19: Chelsea and Jed gave practice poster presentations for CUNY.

February 12: Phillips, C. & Wagers, M. (2007). Relating structure and time in linguistics and psycholinguistics. In Oxford handbook of psycholinguistics (pp. 739–756). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

February 5: Chow, Smith, Lau, & Phillips (2015). A "bag of arguments” mechanism for initial verb prediction. Language, Cognition, & Neuroscience.

January 29: Chacón, D.A., Imtiaz, Mashrur, Dasgupta, Shirsho, Murshed, S.M., Dan, M, & Phillips, C. (to appear). Locality and Word Order in Active Dependency Formation in Bangla.

January 22: Phillips, C. (2003). Linear order and constituency. Linguistic Inquiry, 34 (1), 37-90.

January 15: Baayen, R. H., & Milin, P. (2010). Analyzing reaction times. International Journal of Psychological Research, 3 (2), 12-28.


June 5: Meeting was also dedicated to provide feedback to projects that students are working on. Chelsea's project looks at possibility of agreement attraction after ellipsis sites in noun phrase ellipsis to determine whether there is reactivation at ellipsis sites. Jed's project looks at the role of Tagalog agreement/voice morphology in the comprehension of filler-gap dependencies.

May 29: Keshev, M. & Meltzer-Asscher, A. (2014). Implications of resumption for the parsing of Hebrew islands.

Meeting was also dedicated to provide feedback to projects that students are working on. Jenny, Kelsey, Steven, and Jeff are working on a project that looks at the comprehension of resumptive pronouns in English in real-time.

May 22: Alexiadou, A. & Gengel, K. (2008). NP ellipsis without focus movement/projections: The role of classifiers. Workshop on Interface-Based Approaches to Information Structure University.

May 15: Snider, N., & Runner, J.T. (2010). Structural parallelism aids ellipsis and anaphor resolution: Evidence from eye movements to semantic and phonological neighbors. Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP).

May 1: Nate presented his recent work on object control.

April 24: Lewis, S., & Phillips, C. (2013). Aligning grammatical theories and language processing models. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 44 (1), 27–46.

April 17: Hofmeister, P. (2010). Representational complexity and memory retrieval in language comprehension. Language and Cognitive Processes, 26 (3), 376–405.

April 10: Frazier, L., & Clifton Jr, C. (2002). Processing “d-linked” phrases. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 31 (6), 633-659.

March 3: Jed presented his work on the acquisition of Tagalog relative clauses

February 10: Christianson, K., & Cho, H. Y. (2009). Interpreting null pronouns (pro) in isolated sentences. Lingua, 119 (7), 989-1008.