I will be spending the next two weeks working as a program assistant at Ojibwemotaadidaa Omaa Gidakiiminaang, a language immersion camp for the Ojibwe language. I am looking forward to bolstering my speaking skills, spending time with elders, and doing some documentation!
I am very excited to be heading to Washington, D.C. from May 29th to June 9th for the National Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages. I will be working with a community member from the Ponca and Quapaw nations. I am looking forward to learning more about two languages I am unfamiliar with, and helping in the push for revitalization.
I will be presenting joint work with Brian Dillon next week at CUNY 2017 at MIT. The poster, entitled Restricting domains of retrieval: Evidence for clause-bound processing from agreement attraction, presents three experiments that argue clauses play a role in restricting how retrieval in long-distance dependencies occur. The crucial finding, that the content within clausal and phrasal modifiers are not equally available, extends the finding of Bock & Cutting 1992 to processing and motivates a revision of the cue-based retrieval model of Lewis & Vasishth 2005, who predict effects in the opposite direction.
The poster session will take place Friday, March 31 from 12pm-2pm. At this time, an electronic copy will be made available here.
Out now in Cortex is a collaborative study with William Matchin (UC San Diego) and Ellen Lau (University of Maryland) entitled The role of the IFG and pSTS in syntactic prediction: Evidence from a parametric study of hierarchical structure in fMRI. We dissociate the brain regions responsible for syntactic prediction, verbal working memory, structure building, and semantic combination. The major finding highlights the importance of distinguishing between regions that facilitate syntactic processing (e.g. working memory and top-down prediction) with those that are responsible for incrementally building syntactic and semantic representations.
On September 18th I’ll be presenting my most recent research on French and nominal interpretation entitled “Limiting Gender” at Gender, Class, and Determination: A Conference on the Nominal Spine at the University of Ottawa. I propose (1) that word roots are productive in how they are nominalized and specified for gender, and (2) that this process is constrained by the ability to apply a coherent semantic interpretation to the combination of root and nominal class. Look for the abstract and handout from the conference here.