Alan Beretta - Lab Director
Alan's research has broadly examined linguistic representations and their neural implementation and online processing. The current lab focus is on compounds. The principal questions we are addressing concern the roles of modifiers and heads in constituent integration when compounds occur in sentences in real time, as evidenced in event-related potentials and behavioral measures. The goal is to arrive at better models of incremental compound processing.
Karthik is an assistant professor who specializes in phonology and phonetics. Recently, he has attempted to probe linking hypotheses between phono-logical/phonetic representations and neurophysiological signatures, especially concentrating on concepts such as categorical/featural representations, and under- specification.
Heather specializes in syntactic theory and syntactic analysis. Her research focuses on how morphosyntactic objects are represented in the mind, and how big or small they can be (or, simply, “do syntactic constructions exist as primary building blocks in the mind?”). Her research and teaching include topics in cognitive science and psychology. In the lab, she is the “in-house syntactian”, and is currently participating in experiments on agreement and prediction.
Joe just recently graduated with his PhD in Linguistics from MSU. His research interests are in theoretical syntax and sentence processing, specifically looking at reflexives and reference. His research centered on the processing of anaphoric and logophoric reflexives and head reanalysis in German compounds. He is now a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik, Iceland, working alongside our collaborator, Matthew Whelpton.
Patrick is a graduate student in linguistics. His research interests include psycho/neurolinguistics and sentence processing. Currently, he is working on understanding how humans process "grey area information" such as grammatical illusions.
Monica is a graduate student in linguistics. Her research interests are in phonetics and phonology, specifically probing social and cognitive effects on speech perception and production. Currently, she is investigating the neurophysiological signatures of prosody during compound processing.
Alicia is a third year graduate student in linguistics interested in psycho and neurolinguistics. Her research focuses on sentence processing, and she is interested in identifying what semantic and syntactic cues are able to tell a parser it should commit to a structure vs. wait for more information (or predict more information). Currently, she is working on incremental processing models of nominal compounds.
Brian is an undergraduate student in mathematics and computer science. His research interests include abstract algebra and formal language theory. Brian's linguistic interests concern mathematical modeling of neurolinguistic processing. He works with many projects in the lab, primarily with experimental design and programming experiments.
Kaylin is a second-year PhD student in Linguistics. Her research interests include psycho/neurolinguistics, the cognitive processes involved while writing, and the lateralization of emotion during written language production. She is currently engaged in a partial replication of Trotter et al. (submitted), which focuses on the processing of measure phrase-headed compounds in Icelandic in EEG.
Drew is a doctoral candidate in Linguistics, working in speech perception and phonology, especially the acquisition and perception of L2 phonology. Recently, he has been using EEG to study phonological representations and categorical perception.