Three posters reporting work by members of the department were accepted for presentation at the 32nd CUNY Human Sentence Processing conference (held in Boulder, Colorardo, USA).
In The agent preference in sentence planning is modulated by case marking: Eye tracking evidence from Hindi, Basque and Swiss German department members Aitor Egurtzegi, Sebastian Sauppe and Balthasar Bickel, and collaborators report on two studies that monitored where speakers of Basque, Swiss German and Hindi looked as they described simple pictures. They found that looking patterns differed between the three languages depending on the grammatical case marking system.
In EEG alpha power desynchronization during sentence planning is linked to syntactic similarity relations department members Sebastian Sauppe, Aitor Egurtzegi and Balthasar Bickel, and collaborators show that, when planning to say a sentence, the brains of speakers are sensitive to whether their are similar kinds of sentence structures in a language.
In Processing causatives in naturalistic data, department members Guanghao You and Sabine Stoll, in collaboration with Moritz Daum propose a computational processing approach that simulates human processing of verb meaning in naturalistic utterances. They show that verb meaning in child-directed speech can be successfully processed by relying solely on the semantics of neighboring words, whereas in spoken adult language and written language it is best processed by relying on structural information of the neighboring words.