Colin and Jeff with alums in Cognition

Now in Cognition, "Developing incrementality in filler-gap dependency processing," from Emily Atkinson (former student of 2010 alum Akira Omaki at Hopkins and current Visiting Assistant Professor at Michigan) along with Jeffrey Lidz, Colin Phillips, 2008 alum Matt Wagers, and also Akira himself. The paper asks whether 5- and 6-year-old children incrementally assign interpretations to temporarily ambiguous wh-questions like What was Emily eating the cake with __?. Based on visual world eye-tracking experiments, it suggests that adult-like active formation of filler-gap dependencies begins to emerge only around age 6.