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Distinguished psycholinguist Elissa Newport – Professor at the Georgetown University Medical Center, Director of its Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery, and Principal Investigator within theLearning and Development Lab – will be giving a series of three lectures, generously supported by Dave Baggett.

Elissa Newport

Distinguished psycholinguist Elissa Newport – Professor at the Georgetown University Medical Center, Director of its Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery, and Principal Investigator within the Learning and Development Lab – will be giving a series of three lectures, generously supported by Dave Baggett.

Zoe Schlueter will talk about her current research using EEG methods to understand predictive processes at the semantic/discourse level.

Anne Christophe

Children who are in the process of acquiring their mother tongue have to learn its words, its phonology, and its syntax. For each of these domains, knowledge in other domains would help. For instance, since syntactic structure spells out the relationships between words in a sentence, it is reasonable to assume that children need to have access to words and their meanings in order to learn about syntax. On the other hand, learning word meanings would be greatly facilitated if children had access to some aspects of syntactic structure (Gleitman, 1990).

At this week’s lab meeting, we’ll be hearing from Dustin Chacón, who will be talking about “Resumptives: the pronouns that we maybe now understand them”. He’ll talk about background on parsing long distance dependencies and on the murky status of resumptive pronouns, and then he’ll summarize some experiments that he has recently carried out, plus new experiments that are in the planning stages.

William Matchin will talk about "ERP indices of structure building mechanisms".

All welcome.

Psycholinguistics Lab meeting. Fridays, 12:00 - 1:30. Linguistics Dept seminar room, 1108B Marie Mount Hall.

On October 10th we'll have a double-header featuring Kate Harrigan, discussing her work on how children learn and understand very-hard-to-observe words, such as "want", "think", and "hope". Then Ellen Lau will talk about some of her recent work on ERPs and predictive processes ("Events vs. Entities with ERPs").

All welcome.

Psycholinguistics Lab Meeting. 

Shota Momma will discuss some very interesting results from his summer research at Hiroshima University in Japan. 

"When bees are exempt from getting stung: An ERP investigation on the interaction between lexical and syntactic cues in predictive processing in Japanese."

Next week (Oct 10th): Kate Harrigan. 

The Psycholinguistics Lab Meetings are where 20-30 students and faculty spend Friday lunchtimes in lively arguments about ongoing research. At the annual kickoff meeting each person gives a brief summary of his/her interests and work. Ground rules: 1-slide only (points added or deducted for egregious interpretation of "one"), irreverence encouraged. Having missed a few weeks due to other events, we'll start with a double-length meeting. Email the slide to colin@umd.edu by at least 3 minutes before the start of the meeting. All welcome.

Food and ideas bring people together.  Our weekly lunch talk series provides students and faculty with the opportunity to present their in-progress work to a supportive, interdisciplinary audience.

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