Research Seminars

psycholinguistics seminars

The psycholinguistics lab seminars take place on Mondays at 12h15. 

Please note that all the seminars will be broadcasted via Zoom, contact Olivia Hadjadj if you would like to join.

Next seminar:
Monday, December 19th 2022

Dr. Sandra Villata (NYUAD)

Experimental evidence for gradient effects and their consequences for theories of grammar

A common assumption in linguistics is that grammar is fundamentally binary: sentences are grammatical or ungrammatical, but they cannot have intermediate grammaticality values. As a result, the gradation that we typically observe in empirical measures (e.g. acceptability judgment ratings, response times, electrophysiological responses) is attributed to extra-grammatical factors, such as memory limitations, plausibility factors and so on and so forth. In this talk, I will discuss three sets of experimental studies that challenge these assumptions or some of their implications. I will show that: (i) syntactic violations might be violations to a degree, (ii) sentence processing operations might occur to a degree, and (iii) sentence comprehension might be less flawless that we would expect it to be if the parser were tightly aligned with a binary grammar. After reviewing these results, my hope is to encourage some discussion about the consequences of these findings for theories of grammars, from binary approaches to continuous ones.

Seminars 2022/2023



 Dr. Silvia Radulescu

 University of Utrecht

 An Entropy and Noisy-Channel Model for Rule Induction  Samuel Schmid


 Prof. Valentina Borghesani
 University of Geneva

 Bringing clinical and cognitive neuroscience together to investigate semantics, above and beyond language

 Tanja Atanasova


 Dr. Emily Hunt

 Edith Cowan University

 Clinical applications of a systematic review: Can dynamic assessment identify language disorder in multilingual children?

 Olivia Hadjadj


 Prof. Sébastien Pacton

University Sorbonne Paris Cité

 Implicit statistical learning of graphotactic and morphological knowledge in lexical orthographic acquisition  Estelle Ardanouy


 Dr. Anne Keitel

University of Dundee

 How (individual differences in) brain rhythms influence speech processing  Tanja Atanasova


 Dr. Sandra Villata


 Experimental evidence for gradient effects and their consequences for theories of grammar  Julie Franck













 Prof. Cécile De Cat

University of Leeds

TBA  Olivia Hadjadj






 Prof. Laurie Tuller

University of Tours

TBA  Hélène Delage 









 Prof. Despina Papadopoulou

University of Athens


 Julie Franck
























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