Graduate Students


  • Muye (Andy) Zhang
    Research Interests: Experimental Approaches to Semantic Change; Conceptual        Structure Retrieval


  • Garima Chopra
    Research Interests: Experimental Pragmatics; Linguistic Variation and Individual Differences


  • Manasvi Chaturvedi
    Research Interests: Syntax, Psycholinguistics & Neurolinguistics

Undergraduate Students


  • Nanyan Wu
    Research Interests: Experimental Approaches to Semantic Change; Conceptual Structure Retrieval

Research Fellows


  • Catalina Mourgues, Ph.D.
    Project: Conceptual Structure Retrieval, Experimental Approaches to Semantic Change


  • Sara Sanchez-Alonso, Ph.D.
    Project: Conceptual Structure Retrieval, Experimental Approaches to Semantic Change
  • Karina Di Franco
    Research Interests: Language Acquisition and Linguistic Variation, Heritage Speakers, Language Change.

Collaborators (in alphabetical order)

Former Lab Co-Director

Former Lab Managers

  • Jisu Sheen, Lab Manager, 2017-2018.
  • Muye Zhang, Lab Manager, 2015. Post-BAC, 2015-2016.
  • Laura DiNardo, Lab Manager, 2014-2015. 
    Projects: Conceptual Structure Retrieval (EEG).
  • Emily Foster Hanson, Lab Manager, 2009-2012.
    Projects: Context and Lexical Enrichment (fMRI, EEG), Conceptual Structure Retrieval (Self-Paced Reading, fMRI), Processing of Novel Metonymy (EEG)
  • Emily Finn, Lab Manager, 2009-2010.

Former Visiting Fellows

  • Viviana Haase. Visiting Fellow from Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Spring 2017.
  • Chen-Pei Lin. Language-Cognition Lab Exchange Program Fellow from the National Tsing Hua University, Fall 2015.
  • Christin Schätzle. Visiting Fellow from the University of Konstanz, Fall 2015.
  • Kathleen Schumann. Language-Cognition Lab Exchange Program Fellow, Fall 2011. Project: Processing of So and Like as Focus Markers in Informal Spoken Language. 
  • Mosang Zhang. Fulbright Scholar, 2011-2012.

Graduate Dissertations

  • Muye (Andy) Zhang (Ph.D.) 2016-2021. Linguistic variation from cognitive variability: the case of English have.
  • Martín Fuchs (Ph.D.) 2015-2020. On the Synchrony and Diachrony of the Spanish Imperfective Domain: Contextual Modulation and Semantic Change.
  • Sara Sanchez-Alonso (Ph.D.) 2011-2018. The Cognitive Sources of Language Change and Variation: Connecting Synchronic Variation and Diachrony in Spanish Copula Use.
  • Yao-Ying Lai (Ph.D.) 2010-2017. The complement coercion phenomenon: implications for the model of sentence processing.
  • Kelly Nedwick (Ph.D.) 2006-2014. Metalinguistic Negation in English and Arabic, investigated the development of pragmatic interpretations of negatives in different contexts. (Co-supervised with Laurence R. Horn).
  • Petra (Burkhardt) Schumacher (Ph.D.) 2000-2004. Representation and Interpretation at the Syntax-Discourse Interface: Establishing Dependency.

Graduate Qualifying Papers (QP)

  • Ilkyu Kim, 2011 (Qualifying paper). Referent Introduction in the Narratives of Korean Children.
  • Argyro Katsika, 2010 (Qualifying paper). Complement Coercion: Evidence from Eye Movements.
  • Jennifer Mack, 2005-2007 (Qualifying paper). Coercion and Predicate Integration in the Dynamic Composition of Event Structure.
  • Junkyu Lee, 2004-2005.
  • Dina Brun, 2001 (Qualifying paper). Comprehension of Quantified Expressions.

Graduate Alumni

  • Martín Fuchs (Ph.D.), 2015-2020.
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher at Utrecht Institute of Linguistics (UiL - OTS)  working on Time in Translation project.
  • Sara Sanchez-Alonso (Ph.D.), 2011-2018.
    Current Position: Associate Research Scientist at Haskins Laboratories, Affiliated to Language Learning and Multisensory Brain (LLAMB) Lab.
  • Yao-Ying Lai (Ph.D.), 2010-2017.
    Current Position: Assistant Professor at the Graduate Institute of Linguistics, National Chengchi University (NCCU), Taiwan.
  • Petra (Burkhardt) Schumacher (Ph.D.) 2000-2004. 
    Current Position: Professor for German Linguistics (Empirical Methods in Linguistics) at the University of Cologne, Germany.

Undergraduate Honors Theses

  • 2021. Karina Di Franco (Linguistics). A Study of ser/estar in Heritage Speakers of Mexican Spanish.
  • 2017. Christopher Paolini (Linguistics). Completed cakes: Experimental evidence for a property-sensitive analysis of [completed] and [finished] in the “coercion” configuration.
  • 2015. Justin Moore (Linguistics). Evaluating Approaches to Light Verb Argument Structure.
  • 2014-2015. Laura DiNardo (Linguistics). Competing Analyses of Complement Coercion: New Evidence from Behavioral and Electropsychophysiological Methods.
  • 2013-2015. Maria Ratskevich (Cognitive Science). The Implications of a Gradient Cognitive Model of Possession and Ownership Concepts for the Theoretical Approach of Developmental Research on Ownership: A Linguistic Critique.   
  • 2013-2015. Andy Zhang.
    • (Cognitive Science). The Development of Metonymic Processing.
    • (Linguistics). Contextual Effects on the Interpretation of Have: A Self-Paced Reading Study.
  • 2013. Phoebe Gaston (Linguistics). Syntactic error processing in bilingualism: an analysis of the Optional Infinitive stage in child language acquisition.
  • 2013. Cameron Best (Linguistics). Spatial Processing and Pronominal Resolution in American Sign Language (Reaction Time, ERP).
  • 2013. Zachary Maher (Linguistics - BA and MA). Opening a Can of Worms: Idiom Flexibility, Decomposability, and the Mental Lexicon.
  • 2009-2012. Emily Foster-Hanson (Linguistics). The Time-Course of Processing Novel Metonymy: A Self-Paced Reading Study.
  • 2008-2010. Amy Li (Psychology). The Processing of Light Verbs: Evidence from Eye Movements.
  • 2008-2009. Emily Finn (Linguistics). An fMRI Investigation of Intermediate Structure.
  • 2007-2008. Nancy Liang (Cognitive Science). Morpho-syntactic acquisition in adult second language learners: The distance-difficult relation model.
  • 2007-2008. Jordan Schnaps (Cognitive Science). Nominal Control as Semantic Composition.
  • 2007-2008. Michael Shvartsman (Linguistics). Adjudicating between linguistic theory types based on evidence from priming: the case of successive cyclicity.
  • 2006-2007. Elizabeth D. Johnson [Casserly] (Linguistics). The Phonological Lexicon: Gesture or Feature Based? A Sensorimotor Adaptation Investigation.
  • 2006-2007. Carol Duh (MCDB). The Link Between Semantic Composition and Left Posterior Temporal Damage in Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • 2005-2008. Jessie Ellner (Linguistics). Functional Categories in English and German Broca’s Aphasia Production.
  • 2005-2006. Shevaun Lewis (Cognitive Science). Long-distance dependencies: re-visiting the modularity of the syntactic system hypothesis.
  • 2003-2004. Justin C. Cohen (Cognitive Science). Evaluating language comprehension in dementia of the Alzheimer’s type: Applying evidence from the study of aphasic patients’ conceptual linguistic abilities.
  • 2003-2004. Kively Vezani (Cognitive Science). The object/substance distinction and mental representations: an objective/substantive look at the perceptual-cognitive interface.

Undergraduate Alumni

  • Karina Di Franco, Spring 2021
  • Jisu Sheen, Fall 2019
  • James Lin, Summer 2017