Megan M Sutton

 
 

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Education:


expected spring 2014    Ph.D. student in Linguistics, University of Maryland
                                      Advisor: Jeffrey Lidz

2009                              B.A. in Linguistics, Michigan State University
                                      Advisors: Alan Munn, Cristina Schmitt


Fellowships & Awards:


2009-present                 Graduate Fellowship
                                      University of Maryland Department of Linguistics

2012                              Travel Fellowship
                                      Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition- North America (GALANA)

2010-2012                     NSF-IGERT Fellowship
                                      Biological and Computational Foundations of Language Diversity

2009                              Outstanding Senior Award
                                      Michigan State University Department of Linguistics

2008                              Poster competition grand prize
                                      Michigan State University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum


Publications:


Sutton, M., Fetters, M., & Lidz, J. (2012). Parsing for Principle C at 30 Months. In N. Danis, K. Mesh, & H. Sung (Eds.), Proceedings from the Boston University Conference on Language Development 2011, pps. 581-593. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. [pdf]

Sutton, M., Lukyanenko, C., & Lidz, J. (2011). The Onset of Principle C at 30 Months: The role of vocabulary, syntactic development, and processing efficiency. In N. Danis, K. Mesh, & H. Sung (Eds.), Proceedings from the Boston University Conference on Language Development 2010, pps. 577-589. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. [pdf]


Conference & Workshop Presentations:


Sutton, M., Fetters, M., & Lidz, J. (2012). Children Really Know Principle C by 30 Months. Talk at the 37th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD). Boston, MA, November 2-4, 2012.

Sutton, M., Fetters, M., & Lidz, J. (2012). Principle C Behavior is Caused by Principle C in 30 Month Olds: evidence against a transitivity bias. Talk at the 5th Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition- North America (GALANA). Lawrence, KS, October 11, 2012.

Gagliardi, A., Sutton, M., Harrigan, K., & Mease, T. (2012). Now You See It, Now You Don’t: the advantages and pitfalls of in-depth analysis of preferential looking data. Talk at the 2012 Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics (GURT). Washington, DC, March 10, 2012. [pdf]

Sutton, M., Fetters, M., & Lidz, J. (2011). Parsing for Principle C at 30 Months. Talk at the 36th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD). Boston, MA, November 4, 2011. [pdf]

Sutton, M., Lukyanenko, C., & Lidz, J. (2010). The Onset of Principle C at 30 Months: the role of vocabulary, syntactic development, and processing efficiency. Talk at the 35th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD). Boston, MA, November 7, 2010. [pdf]


Poster Presentations:


Fetters, M., Sutton, M., & Lidz, J. (2012). Ruling Out Non-Adult Strategies in the Acquisition of Principle C. Poster at the International Conference on Infant Studies. Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 8, 2012.

Sutton, M., Fetters, M., & Lidz, J. (2012). Parsing for Principle C at 30 Months. Poster presentation at the Generative Linguistics in the Old World conference, special workshop on The Timing of Grammar. Potsdam, Germany, March 27, 2012. [pdf]

Sutton, M., Dinh, T., Leinbach, B., & DeVries, K. (2009). Child and Adult Use of Prosodic Information in Syntactic Disambiguation. Poster presentation at Michigan State University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum. East Lansing, MI, April 16, 2009. [pdf]

Dinh, T., Blanco, C., & Sutton, M. (2009). Scale Competition and Children’s Understanding of Gradable Adjectives. Poster presentation at Michigan State University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum. East Lansing, MI, April 16, 2009.

Sutton, M., Valentine, A., Hollenbeck, M., & Dinh, T. (2008). Children’s Use of Prosody to Determine Syntactic Structure. Poster presentation at Michigan State University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum. East Lansing, MI, April 11, 2008. [pdf]


Research Experience:


2009-present                 University of Maryland Project on Children’s Language Learning
                                      Advisor: Jeffrey Lidz
                                      Acquisition of Principle C: timecourse of development, effects of processing
                                         speed, non-adult strategies, and cross-linguistic comparison

2011-present                 University of Maryland Language Development Lab
                                      Advisor: Rochelle Newman
                                      Efficiency of incremental lexical processing and effects on interpretation

2007-2009                     Michigan State University Language Acquisition Lab
                                       Advisors: Alan Munn, Cristina Schmitt
                                       Senior Thesis: Child and Adult Use of Prosodic Cues in Syntactic
                                           Disambiguation


Teaching Experience:


spring 2012                    Teaching Assistant, University of Maryland
                                       LING200: Introduction to Linguistics (Instructor: Tonia Bleam)
                                       Responsible for planning/leading weekly discussion, office hours, grading

fall 2011                          Teaching Assistant, University of Maryland
                                       LING200: Introduction to Linguistics (Instructor: Margaret Antonisse)
                                       Responsible for planning/leading weekly discussion, office hours, grading

fall 2010                          Teaching Assistant, University of Maryland
                                       LING444: Child Language Acquisition (Instructor: Jeffrey Lidz)
                                       Responsible for preparation of class materials, office hours, grading


Mentoring:


at the Project on Children’s Language Learning, University of Maryland
Research Assistants (working part-time during semesters)

fall 2012 - present            Meaghan Kell
spring 2011 - present       Emma Nguyen
fall 2010 - spring 2012     Michael Fetters (supervised honors thesis)
spring 2010 - fall 2010     Yajaira Berna
fall 2009 - spring 2010     Beatrice Tok

Summer Research Fellows (working full-time during summers)

2012                               Emma Nguyen
2010, 2011                     Michael Fetters


Professional Service:


lead organizer

2012                                Organizer, Development Discovery Night
2011-2012                       Leader, IGERT Lunch Talk Series & Social Events Committee

committees & associations

2012-2013                      Member, IGERT Maryland Day Committee
2012-2013                      Member, IGERT Lunch Talk Series & Social Events Committee
2011-2012                      Member, IGERT Student Executive Committee
2011-2013                      Representative, Linguistics Grad Student Association
2011-2012                      Member, Linguistics Department Colloquium Committee
2010-2011                      Member, IGERT Winter Storm Committee

volunteering

2012                                Emcee, 3rd annual University of Maryland Language Science Day
2010-present                   Organizer/presenter, Language Science High School Outreach
2012                                Peer mentor, IGERT apprenticeship
2010-2012                       Volunteer, Maryland Day Infant and Child Studies tent

4th year phd student

Department of Linguistics


suttonm2 [at] umd [dot] edu


1401 Marie Mount Hall

University of Maryland

College Park, MD 20742