New pre-print from Becky Gilbert

Sentence structure and listening task affect the retuning of lexical-semantic representations, Gilbert, R.A., Davis, M.H., Gaskell, M.G., Rodd., J.M.

https://psyarxiv.com/qvaud/

In this pre-preprint by Becky Gilbert (@beckyannegilbert) and co-authors reports a set of four web-based experiments that use a word-meaning priming method to investigate how/when listeners retune their representations of familiar, ambiguous words.

This results are consistent with a‘good enough’ view of sentence processing in which:

  • representations of sentence meanings can remain as (im)precise as mandated by the situation
  • learning about the words within sentences varies according to the extent to which participants have produced accurate, precise representations of sentence meaning

 

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New ESRC Grant funding!

Dr Jenni Rodd has been awarded a grant for £573,000 from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to study individual differences in language comprehension across the lifespan. This research will be collaborative with:

This funding will support 2 postdoctoral resesarchers and and a graduate research assistant. Information about these vacancies will appear on this website in the coming weeks.

 

 

New paper from Eva Poort in PeerJ

Poort, E.D., Rodd, J.M. (2019). Towards a distributed connectionist account of cognates and interlingual homographs: evidence from semantic relatedness tasks. PeerJ. 7:e6725 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.6725

In this paper Eva reports two pre-registered online experiments looking at how bilingual participants respond to word forms that exist in both their languages: cognates and interlingual homographs. The results show a striking similiarity to the pattern of results seen in monolingual participants for words that are ambiguous within their single language. She proposes a theoretical approach to unifying these two areas of research.

New pre-print from Lena Blott: Individual differences in sentence comprehension

Blott, L.M., Rodd, J.M., Ferreira, F., Warren J. (2019). Semantic ambiguity resolution during sentence comprehension is more efficient in individuals with greater lexical expertise. https://psyarxiv.com/3ejqy/

This pre-print reports an eye-tracking study (N=96) That Lena conducted while visiting Fernanda Ferreira’s lab in UCSD.

The results highlight the importance of reading experience and vocabulary knowledge for the efficiency of on-line reading processes in adult readers.