Us in Cali for CUNY

March 15-17, the County of Yolo crawls with Terps, and CUNY has a focus on Ellen Lau, who is party to twelve presentations, as well as Colin Phillips, the two of whom are invited speakers at a Special Session called Linguistic Computation Electrified. Joining them in body or in mind are current linguistics PhD students Chia-Hsuan, Jeff Green, Lara, Phoebe and Tyler; HESP PhD student Zoe Ovans and SLA PhD student Nur Başak Karataş; linguistics PhD alumni Akira Omaki, Brian Dillon, Dan Parker, Dave Kush, Diogo Almeida, Dustin Chacón, John Drury, Jon Sprouse, Matt Wagers, Masaya Yoshida, Wing-Yee Chow, Sol Lago and Zoe Schlueter; HESP alum Rachel Adler; former postdocs William Matchin and Ming Xiang; current RA Anna Namyst; former RAs and Baggett Fellows, Chris Hammerly, Julia Buffinton, Michaela Socolof, Nancy Clarke and Shayne Sloggett; BA alums Emma Nguyuen and Neomi Rao; emeritus faculty Paul Pietroski; current faculty Masha, Jeff and Alexander; other UMD faculty Bob Slevc, Jared Novick, Kira Gor and Yi Ting Huang; and also several former long-term visitors to our department, including Jesse Harris, Matthew Husband and Natalia Slioussar. Here are all the various presentations by past or present students, postdocs and faculty.

Invited talks

  • Ellen Lau, Towards a model of linguistic structure building: what do ERPs contribute?
  • Colin Phillips, Prediction, production, and memory


  • Emily Atkinson, Ian Rigby, Naomi Shapiro, Brent Woo and Akira Omaki, Syntactic adaptation effects do not transfer across tasks
  • Dan Parker, A multi-dimensional view of NPI licensing
  • Lara Ehrenhofer, Neomi Rao, Julia Buffinton, Ellen Lau & Colin Phillips, Competing predictions drive N400 sensitivity to argument role reversals
  • Rachel Adler, Jared Novick and Yi Ting Huang, Context, conflict, and the time course of interpreting irony
  • Shayne Sloggett and Brian Dillon, Person blocking in reflexive processing: when "I" matter more than "them"
  • William Matchin, Christian Brodbeck, Christopher Hammerly & Ellen Lau, The temporal dynamics of structure and content in the language network
  • William Matchin, Diogo Almeida, Jon Sprouse and Gregory Hickok, Subject island violations involve increased semantic processing, but not increased verbal working memory resources: evidence from fMRI
  • Yi Ting Huang, Mary Bounds and Yuichi Suzuki, Verb learning in English and Japanese: Statistical and non-statistical effects


  • Chia-Hsuan Liao & Ellen Lau, Extra time to get results? ERP data on complex predicates in Mandarin
  • Christopher Hammerly, Resumptive pronouns can ameliorate island violations in real-time comprehension
  • Christopher Hammerly, Adrian Staub and Brian Dillon, Response bias modulates the grammaticality asymmetry: Evidence for a continuous valuation model of agreement attraction
  • Dave Kush & Ashley Lewis, Tracking quantifier scope: EEG evidence for active representational updating
  • Dave Kush & Ragnhild Eik, Comparing retrieval of antecedents for referential and ‘donkey’ pronouns (in Norwegian)
  • Dave Kush & Ragnhild Eik, Animacy-driven expectations in Norwegian relative clause processing
  • Dustin Chacón, Minding the Gap?: (Some) Conditions on Resumption in English
  • Dustin Chacón, Attraction is Subject-ive: Dissociating Illusions and Intrusions in Agreement Attraction
  • Mary Christensen and Dustin Chacón, Determining Obligatory Inversion in Spanish WH-Extraction
  • Ellen Lau, Nancy Clarke, Michaela Socolof, Rusudan Asatiani & Masha Polinsky, Early detection of conflicting constraints? ERP evidence from Georgian
  • Emma Nguyen and Jon Sprouse, Exploring heterogeneous P600 satiation in an attempt to reveal N400s in semantic P600 sentences
  • Jared Novick, Nina Hsu, Sara Milligan and Al Kim, P600 vs. N400 indicators of comprehension: Dynamic effects of cognitive-control engagement on real-time parsing
  • Jeffrey Green, Michael McCourt, Alexander Williams and Ellen Lau, Processing adjunct control: Rapid use of structural information in anaphora resolution
  • Aydogan Yanilmaz and John Drury, Intervening and non-intervening Interference
  • Alexandre Herbay, Phaedra Royle, John Drury, Lauren Fromont and Karsten Steinhauer, Contrasting lexical pre-activation, prediction-based and post-lexical integration accounts of the N400 ERP effect in priming studies
  • Jun Lyu, Hongchen Wu, Aydogan Yanilmaz and John Drury, ERP effects distinguishing Negative polarity versus Free choice: A look at English ANY and Mandarin RENHE
  • So Young Lee, Aydogan Yanilmaz, Jiwon Yun and John Drury, The processing of Turkish and Korean NPI licensing and intrusion: ERP evidence
  • Lara Ehrenhofer, Kazuko Yatsushiro, Tom Fritzsche, Barbara Höhle, Jeffrey Lidz, Colin Phillips and Yi Ting Huang, Verbs, not subjects, drive subject-as-agent misinterpretation in children’s comprehension of passives
  • Jed Pizarro-Guevara and Matt Wagers, Not all filler-gap dependencies are perceived alike: Evidence from Tagalog
  • Nayoun Kim, Laurel Brehm and Masaya Yoshida, Antecedent retrieval in ellipsis and pronominals
  • Nayoun Kim, Laurel Brehm, Patrick Sturt and Masaya Yoshida, How long can you hold the wh-filler?
  • Ming Xiang and Josef Klafka, Memory retrieval in comprehension is sensitive to production alternatives
  • Yenan Sun, Eszter Ronai, Alan Yu and Ming Xiang, The role of contextual-pragmatic information in speech perception: an eye-tracking study
  • Nur Basak Karatas, Kira Gor, Robert Slevc & Ellen Lau, Complex sentence planning in L1 & L2 Turkish
  • Nur Basak Karatas & Ellen Lau, A morphological cue beats a semantic constraint in Turkish agreement attraction
  • Phoebe Gaston, Ellen Lau & Colin Phillips, Resolving cross-method conflicts in the timing of cohort competition using jTRACE
  • Sol Lago, Lena Jäger, Anna Namyst & Ellen Lau, ERP priming effects in the processing of coreference: a Bayesian analysis
  • Tyler Knowlton, Athena Wong, Justin Halberda, Paul Pietroski and Jeffrey Lidz, Different determiners, different algorithms: Two majority quantifiers in Cantonese bias distinct verification strategies
  • Wing-Yee Chow and Di Chen, Listeners rapidly use unexpected information to update their predictions: Evidence from eye-movements
  • Irene Symeonidou, Iroise Dumontheil, Wing Yee Chow and Richard Breheny, Irony processing in adolescents: an ERP study
  • Zoe Ovans, Jared Novick and Yi Ting Huang, Better to be reliable than early: Cognitive-control effects on developmental parsing
  • Zoe Schlueter, Anna Namyst & Ellen Lau, Predicting discourse status: N400 effects of determiner expectation
  • Zoe Schlueter, Dan Parker & Ellen Lau, Things that should affect agreement attraction in comprehension, but don't
  • Zoe Schlueter, Chris Cummins and Antonella Sorace, Loss aversion bias is affected by L2 proficiency, not by more rational behavior in the L2