SRCD 2019: language input and prediction

Here are my slides for SRCD 2019. A large body of research indicates that environmental factors like SES play a role in children's language development (for review see Fernald & Weisleder, 2011). These findings reveal that children's day-to-day language experiences vary tremendously, as do their developmental trajectories. Factors like SES, language input, and language processing … Continue reading SRCD 2019: language input and prediction

SRCD 2019: prediction vs. repetition

Here is our poster for SRCD 2019. Recent theories claim that prediction supports language development, and previous findings are in line with this view (Dell & Chang, 2014; Reuter et al., under revision). However, because behavioral measures of prediction are indirect, it’s unclear what representations are activated during processing, and how specific those representations are … Continue reading SRCD 2019: prediction vs. repetition

BUCLD 2018

Here are my slides for BUCLD 2018. A number of recent theories propose that prediction facilitates efficient language processing. Supporting this idea are findings that listeners can use verb semantics and number markings to predict upcoming referents (Mani & Huettig, 2012; Lukyanenko & Fisher, 2016). However, precisely how prediction occurs during language processing remains uncertain. One … Continue reading BUCLD 2018

she roars

This past week, I was honored to give a research talk at She Roars - a conference celebrating women at Princeton. This conference was a unique opportunity to reflect on all the amazing women who have mentored me: Jenny Saffran, Maryellen MacDonald, Melanie Jones, Alexa Romberg, Jessica Willits, Jill Lany, Jess Hay, Jesse Snedeker, Manizeh Kahn, Melissa … Continue reading she roars

CogSci 2018

Here is my  poster for CogSci 2018. Our study evaluated whether listeners can use spatial deixis (e.g., this, that, these, and those) to predict the plurality and proximity of a speaker's referent. In an eye-tracking task, L1 adults, L1 children and L2 adults viewed scenes while listening to deictic sentences (e.g., Look at that beautiful baby) … Continue reading CogSci 2018

ICIS 2018

Here are my abstracts and posters for ICIS 2018. Our first study evaluated the developmental emergence of verbal prediction and language comprehension. We find that prediction and comprehension emerge concurrently over the second postnatal year. These findings add to a growing body of literature suggesting that prediction is a language learning mechanism, and further suggest … Continue reading ICIS 2018