Thursday, April 19, 2018

Dayoung presents work at CUNY 2018!

Dayoung presented a poster on "Complexity effects in A- and A'-dependencies" at the CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, which took place this year at UC Davis.

The work presented here is an important part of Dayoung's dissertation research, and she earlier presented a preview of it at this year's inaugural California Meeting on Psycholinguistics, held at UCLA in December.

Dayoung and her poster. Zoom in and read it!

Dayoung displays excellent presentation skills and crowd management techniques!

Winter '18 lab meetings

Our meetings this quarter are Thursdays, 1:00-2:00.

Jan. 11
Grant will give an "encore performance" of Boyoung's and his talk at the recent LSA on "Long-distance extraction in L2 and the nature of island constraints." 

Jan. 18
Discussion of this recent article on islands in Norwegian (Part I):
Kush, D., Lohndal, T., & Sprouse, J. (2017). Investigating variation in island effects. Natural Language & Linguistic Theory, 1-37.

Jan. 25
Norwegian islands, part II!

Feb. 1
Discussion of recent article on satiation and priming (part I):
Do, M. L., & Kaiser, E. (2017). The Relationship between Syntactic Satiation and Syntactic Priming: A First Look. Frontiers in Psychology, 8,1851.

Feb. 8
Satiation and priming (part II)

Mar. 8
Dayoung will give us a preview of her upcoming CUNY poster on "Complexity effects in A- and A'-dependencies".

Boyoung and Grant on L2 islands at LSA

Alumnus Boyoung Kim and Grant Goodall presented their paper on "Long-distance extraction in L2 and the nature of island constraints" at this year's LSA meeting in January in Salt Lake City.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Fall Quarter '17 lab meetings

Our meetings this quarter are Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00.

Oct. 4
Fukuda, S., (2017). Split intransitivity in Japanese is syntactic: Evidence for the Unaccusative Hypothesis from sentence acceptability and truth value judgment experiments. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics. 2(1), p.83. DOI:

Oct. 11
Continuation of discussion on Fukuda article and Japanese unaccusativity.

Oct. 18
Who knew that Japanese split intransitivity could be so interesting? We continue our discussion today

Oct. 25
Sprouse, J., & Almeida, D. (2017). Design sensitivity and statistical power in acceptability judgment experiments. Glossa, 2(1), 1.

Nov. 1
Continuation of discussion of Sprouse & Almeida article

Nov. 8
Discussion of syntactic satiation and new paper by William Snyder

Nov. 15
Continuation of discussion syntactic satiation.

Nov. 22
Tollan, R., & Heller, D. (2015). Elvis Presley on an island: wh-dependency formation inside complex NP objects. In Proceedings of NELS (Vol. 46).

Nov. 29
Dayoung will present a practice version of her talk for this weekend's CAMP (California Meeting on Psycholinguistics):

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Dayoung and Savi at AMLaP 2017!

Dayoung Kim and Savi Namboodiripad (together with Gyeongnam Kim) presented a poster on "Bilingual Processing of Flexible Constituent Order in Korean" at the Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing (AMLaP) 2017 conference at Lancaster University in the UK.

Spring Quarter '17 lab meetings

Our meetings this quarter will be Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00.

Apr. 12
Gustavo with a practice talk on "A Quantitative Study on the Evolution of the Subjunctive System in Argentinean Spanish" for the Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages.

Apr. 26
Gustavo with a practice talk for his visit to Tromsø, Norway, on "Acquisition under varying and stable input: The case of the past subjunctive in Argentinean and Peninsular Spanish."

May 3
Till on his recent experimental work on VP Ellipsis.
May 10
Savi and Dayoung with a practice talk for CLS on "English-dominant Korean speakers show reduced flexibility in constituent order."

May 17
Discussion of Hettiarachchi and Pires article on L2 syntax and Sinhala wh-questions.

May 24 (11:00)
Preliminary results from experiment done by Bonnie Chinh and Grant on embedded subject vs. object extraction in Spanish.

May 31
Continuation of discussion of Hettiarachchi and Pires paper.

June 7
Gustavo will present results from his three-country experiment on the choice of tense in Spanish subjunctive clauses.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Study experimental syntax and get rich!

Well, maybe you won't get rich, exactly, but it seems like a good way to get a job! This year's hiring season has been very good to some of our current and former lab members:

Savi Namboodiripad has accepted a 2-year Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellowship starting this fall, followed by a tenure-track Assistant Professor position starting in fall 2019, both in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Michigan.

Gustavo Guajardo has accepted a position as a Teaching Fellow in Spanish Linguistics at the School of Modern Languages at Newcastle University in the UK.

Rodolfo Mata has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position starting this fall at Western Washington University, where his primary responsibilities will be in teaching and research on Spanish linguistics. He is currently working at Colby College.

Emily Morgan has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position starting in fall 2019 in the Department of Linguistics at UC Davis. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Tufts University.

Congratulations to all!