Research

Lattimore Eye Tracking Lab

Eye Tracking



Jeffrey T. Runner, Director

I am interested in the role that syntactic structural information plays in language processing, and also in how experimental psycholinguistic tools can be applied to classic problems within formal linguistics. The former means that much of my research examines the syntax/semantics/discourse interfaces; the latter means I use experimental methodologies to examine these questions. We currently have projects going investigating the constraints on reference resolution of various sorts, including the binding of reflexives and pronouns, as well as VP ellipsis, using an array of methodologies, such as visual world eye-tracking, scene verification, magnitude estimation, self-paced reading and various other questionnaire and web-based methods. I welcome students interested in these and other questions. To get an idea of some of the specific projects, please see the descriptions and some of the resulting presentations and publications below     



Main Methodologies

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Current Lattimore Lab People

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Lattimore Lab Alumni

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Some represenative publications and presentations

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Projects

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Ellipsis, binding, 'picture' NPs and "statue" interpretations

The role of syntactic structure in the interpretation of elided anaphors, testing theories of binding and theories of ellipsis. The role of the representational nature of PNPs and parallels with other types of representational interpretations, namely 'statue' interpretations of nominals; investigating conceptual versus structural characteristics of anaphora.

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Ellipsis, discourse coherence and structure

The structural and discourse relations between elided material and its linguistic antecedent, focusing on the interaction of structural form and discourse parallelism.

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Focus sensitive particles

Testing the effects of 'only' on interpretation of elided anaphors. Contextual factors on the interpretation of focus sensitive 'only' and 'also'

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Pronouns and reflexives influenced by verbal semantics and pragmatics

The effects of verbal semantics and pragmatics on the interpretation of pronouns and reflexives in PNPs in English, Finnish, German and Dutch.

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'Picture' noun phrase structure and interpretation

The structure and interpretation of picture NPs with and without possessor phrases (e.g., 'Harry's picture of himself/him', 'a picture of her/herself').

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