I am a fourth year Doctoral Student in Linguistics at the University of Connecticut. My research interests lies in studying how children and adults use lexical semantic information to help them acquire and process syntax. My research can be summarized in two-folds: (1) what is the time course of children’s acquisition of syntax and why are children sometimes delayed in acquiring certain syntactic structures such as passives sentences; and (2),using neurolinguistic methodologies, how do adults process sentences and what do adults do when they encounter semantically-weird sentences.
Currently, in children, I’m looking into English-speaking children’s acquisition of the passive construction as a case study where I will hopefully be able to build a theory of lexical semantics to explain English-speaking children asymmetric understanding of verbs in passive sentences. And in adults, I am interested in how people grapple with processing sentences that violate their expectations.
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(Last updated: June 9, 2017)
Nguyen, E., & Snyder, W. (upcoming, September). On Semantic Coercion in Children’s Raising and Passives. Talk at the International Conference of the Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (GALA 13), Palma de Mallorca, Spain.