Chia-Hsuan and Ellen in LC&N
Now in print, "Enough time to get results? An ERP investigation of prediction with complex events" by Chia-Hsuan Liao with advisor Ellen Lau, in Language, Cognition and Neuroscience. Building on work showing that comprehenders rapidly form predictions about the object of a transitive clause given its verb, the paper asks whether they can use all aspects of a complex verb. It reports a suite of studies on Mandarin Chinese, comparing complex resultative verbs in Mandarin Chinese ("The kid bit-broken his lip") to complex coordinate verbs ("The manager hit-scold his employee"), and shows that prediction in the former is delayed relative to the latter.