lrcovey@ku.edu

University of Kansas
Department of Linguistics





















I am a doctoral candidate in the Linguistics Department at the University of Kansas. I am broadly interested in sentence processing in both native speakers and adult second language (L2) learners, with a focus on the processing of long-distance syntactic dependencies. Much of my work additionally examines how individual differences in cognitive abilities impacts native and L2 processing.

My dissertation uses EEG to examine the processing of wh-dependencies by native English speakers and Mandarin Chinese-speaking learners of English. Using distinct brain responses (ERPs), I examine both predictive and integrative processing in the course of wh-dependency resolution, tracking processing throughout an entire sentence. This approach also allows for a very precise comparison of native speakers and L2 learners as we can examine whether learners can use qualitatively similar mechanisms to natives during processing.


Education

2015 - present              Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Kansas
                                     Certificate, Second Language Studies
                                     A
dvisors: Alison Gabriele & Robert Fiorentino

2013 - 2015                  M.A., Linguistics, University of Kansas
                                     Advisors: Alison Gabriele & Robert Fiorentino

2009 - 2013                  B.A., English (Linguistics), Arizona State University
                                     Advisor: Claire Renaud


Research Grants
  • William Orr Dingwall Foundation (2017-18)
    Dissertation Fellowship in the Cognitive, Clinical, and Neural Foundations of Language

  • National Science Foundation
    BCS Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant #1728019: An ERP Investigation of Individual Differences in the Processing of Wh- Dependencies by Native and Non-Native Speakers ($18,171); Co-PI with Alison Gabriele and Robert Fiorentino

  • Language Learning Dissertation Grant ($1,980)


Professional Experience


2015 - 2017
                    Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Linguistics, University of Kansas                                 
                                       Fall 2017: Language and Mind (LING 110)
                                       Spring 2017: Language and Mind (LING 110)
                                       Fall 2016: Language and Mind (LING 110)
                                       Spring 2016: Psycholinguistics I (LING 435)
                                       Fall 2015: Language and Mind (LING 110)

2017                               Instructor, Dept. of Linguistics, University of Kansas
                                       Summer 2017: Second Language Acquisition (
LING 415/715)

2014 - 2017                    Guest Lecturer, Dept. of Linguistics, University of Kansas
                                       Neurolinguistics I (LING 438/738)
                                       Neurolinguistics II (LING 442/742)
                                       Second Language Acquisition (LING 415/715)
                                       First Year Seminar (LING 117)

2016                               Graduate Research ConsultantDept. of Linguistics, University of Kansas
                                       Grant from Center for Undergraduate Research to incorporate intensive research projects into undergraduate coursework.
                                       Fall 2016: Neurolinguistics I (LING 438)

2013 - 2015                   Graduate Research Assistant, Dept. of Linguistics, University of Kansas; PIs Alison Gabriele and Robert Fiorentino


Publications

  • Covey, L., Coughlin, C. E., Yang, X., Johnson, A., Siew, C. S. Q., Martinez-Garcia, M. T., & Fiorentino, R. (in prep). An ERP investigation of the role of prediction and individual differences in semantic priming.

  • Covey, L., Coughlin, C., & Minai, U. (under revision). An eye-tracking study examining the role of question-answer congruency in children’s comprehension of only: A preliminary report. Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics.

  • Fiorentino, R., Covey, L., & Gabriele, A. (2018/online). Individual differences in the processing of referential dependencies in English. Neuroscience Letters. Link here.

  • Covey, L., Gabriele, A., & Fiorentino, R. (2018). Can learners use morphosyntactic cues to facilitate processing? Evidence from a study of gender agreement in Hindi. Language Acquisition. Link here.

  • Gabriele, A., Fiorentino, R., & Covey, L. (2017). Understanding the symptoms and sources of variability in second language sentence processing (commentary). Bilingualism: Language and Cognition20(4), 685-686.

  • Renaud, C. & Covey, L. (2014). Sensitivity to gender agreement in second language Hindi: A processing investigation. In R.T. Miller et al. (Ed.), Selected Proceedings of the 2012 Second Language Research Forum, (pp. 51-64). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.


Presentations

  • Covey, L., Fiorentino, R., & Gabriele, A. (2018). Individual differences in the processing of wh-dependencies by native speakers and L2 learners: An ERP investigation. Talk presented in colloquium: “Event-related potentials and SLA: Brainwaves reveal new insights about individual differences in second language learning and processing,” organized by Sarah Grey & Harriet Bowden. American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) 2018. Chicago, IL.

  • Covey, L., Girolamo, T., Siew, C., Weyers, I., Yang, X., Vogt-Woodin, A., Coughlin, C., & Minai, U. (2017). Examining the role of pragmatics during children's comprehension of only: An eye-tracking study. Poster to be presented at 40th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Boston, MA.

  • Covey, L., Gabriele, A., & Fiorentino, R. (2017). Tracking the dynamics of wh- dependency resolution inside and outside of islands: An ERP investigation. Poster to be presented at 9th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language. Baltimore, MD.

  • Feroce, N., Covey, L., Fiorentino, R., & Gabriele, A. (2017). Examining individual differences in the processing of referential dependencies in Spanish: An ERP investigation. Poster to be presented at 9th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language. Baltimore, MD.

  • Feroce, N., Covey, L., Fiorentino, R., & Gabriele, A. (2017). Working memory modulates the processing of referential ambiguity in Spanish: An ERP investigation. Poster to be presented at University of Kansas Linguistics 50th Anniversary Celebration.

  • Covey, L., Gabriele, A., & Fiorentino, R. (2017). Tracking the dynamics of wh- dependency resolution inside and outside of islands: An ERP investigation. Talk to be presented at University of Kansas Linguistics 50th Anniversary Celebration.

  • Covey, L. (2017). Examining the role of pragmatics during children's processing of only: An eye-tracking investigation. Invited talk, Child Language Proseminar, August 30, 2017. University of Kansas.

  • Covey, L., Gabriele, A., & Fiorentino, R. (2017). Investigating island sensitivity in the processing of wh- dependencies: An ERP study. Poster presented at 30th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing. MIT.

  • Gabriele, A., Covey, L., Feroce, N., & Fiorentino, R. (2017). Individual differences in the processing of pronominal ambiguity in English and Spanish: An ERP investigation. Poster presented at Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics. Georgetown University.

  • Yang, X.  & Covey, L. (2016). Individual differences in prediction: An ERP study on word-pair semantic priming. Invited talk, Cognitive and Brain Sciences Proseminar, Oct. 17, 2016. University of Kansas.

  • Fiorentino, R., Gabriele, A., & Covey, L. (2016). Using event-related potentials to examine individual differences in the processing of pronominal reference. Poster presented at 29th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing. University of Florida.

  • Covey, L., Gabriele, A., & Fiorentino, R. (2015). Anticipatory processing of gender in L2 Hindi. Poster presented at 40th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Boston, MA.

  • Renaud, C., Covey, L., Fistrovic, T., Ghanem, C., & Johnson E. (2015). His or her? L2 English learners' struggles with possessive determiners. Talk presented at Second Language Research Forum. Georgia State University. 

  • Covey, L., Coughlin, C., Martinez-Garcia, M., Johnson, A., Yang, X., Siew, C., Major, T., & Fiorentino, R. (2015). An ERP investigation of the role of prediction and individual differences in semantic priming. Poster presented at 7th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language. Chicago, IL. 

  • Gabriele, A., Fiorentino, R., & Covey, L. (2015). Examining individual differences in the processing of pronominal reference using event-related potentials. Poster presented at 7th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language. Chicago, IL. 

  • Covey, L., Fiorentino R., and Gabriele, A. (2015). Predictive Processing of Grammatical Gender in Hindi. Poster presented at Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute, July 14, 2015. University of Chicago.

  • Covey, L. (2014). Tracking L2 development using ERPs: evidence from two longitudinal studies on the processing of gender and number agreement. Invited talk, Child Language Proseminar, Nov. 12, 2014. University of Kansas.

  • Gabriele A., Fiorentino R., Alemán Bañon J., Covey, L., & Rossamondo, A. (2014). Tracking emerging sensitivity to L2 morphosyntax: evidence for the role of the L1 from two longitudinal studies of early learners. Poster presented at Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP) Conference. Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • Fiorentino R., Gabriele A., Alemán Bañon J., Covey, L., & Rossamondo, A. (2014). Tracking sensitivity to L2 morphosyntax: evidence for the role of the L1 from two longitudinal studies of early learners. Poster presented at 6th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language. Amsterdam, Netherlands. 

  • Renaud, C. & Covey, L. (2012). Gender in Second-Language Acquisition: Processing Evidence from Hindi. Talk presented at Second Language Research Forum. University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. 

Awards & Scholarships

  • Paula Menyuk Travel Award for BUCLD (2017)

  • Travel Award, CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing (2017) 

  • Dissertation Fellowship Award, Dept. of Linguistics, University of Kansas (2017)

  • Frances Ingemann Linguistics Scholarship, Dept. of Linguistics, University of Kansas (2016-17)

  • Graduate Research Competition Award, University of Kansas (2016)

  • Graduate Scholarly Presentation Travel Award, University of Kansas (2015) 

  • Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute Fellowship (2015)

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship: Honorable Mention (2015)

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship: Honorable Mention (2014)

  • Dorothy Clark Lettice Graduate Scholarship, University of Kansas (2013)

  • Sun Angel Excellence in the Humanities Scholarship, Arizona State University (2011)


Service
  • President, Linguistics Graduate Student Association, University of Kansas (2014-2017)
    • Launched graduate student peer mentor program and weekly lunch series; coordinated other department events

  • Head judge, Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Kansas (2017)
    •  Coordinated all graduate student judges, responsible for awardee scoring