Research

Below is a list of topics that I have done research on or am currently interested in. If these topics have manifested into a presentation or paper, I have included the citations and any downloadable documents (subject to availability).

Syntactic Satiation and the Semantic P600

This collaborative project, with Jon Sprouse (UConn), investigates the nature of syntactic violations and what it may reveal about the semantic P600.

Nguyen, E., Sprouse, J. (upcoming, November). The (non-) satiation of P600/SPS effects to distinct grammatical violations. Poster at the 9th Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Baltimore, Maryland.

Putting ‘Surprisingly’ in the Comparative

This collaborative project, with Gabriel Martínez Vera (UConn), aims at developing a unifying theory of degree surprisingly with bare adjectives and comparatives.

Nguyen, E. & Martinez Vera, G. (upcoming, October). A surprising comparison: a unified account of degree “surprisingly” with bare adjectives and comparatives. Poster at the North East Linguistic Society (NELS 48), University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland.

Linking Children’s Acquisition of Passives to Raising-Past-Experiencers

This collaborative project, with William Snyder (UConn), aims at developing a unifying theory of children’s difficulty with non-actional passives and raising-past-experiencer constructions.

Nguyen, E., & Snyder, W. (upcoming, November). It’s hard to coerce: a unified account of Raising-Past-Experiencers and Passives in Child English. Poster at the 42nd Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston University, Boston.

Snyder, W. , & Nguyen, E. (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. September 7-9, 2017.

Computation Modeling of Children’s Passives

This collaborative project, with Lisa Pearl (UC-Irvine), investigates what kinds of cues from the input children may need in order to recognize which verbs are passivizable and which are not.

Nguyen, E. & Pearl, L. Do you really mean it? Linking lexical semantic profiles and the age of acquisition for the English passive.

___ (in prep). In The Proceedings of the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 35).  [Pre-pub Manuscript]

___ (2017). Talk presented at the Chicago Linguistic Society (CLS 53). University of Chicago, Chicago.

___ (2017). Poster presented at the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 35). University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada. [PDF]

___ (2017). Talk presented at The 91st Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Austin, Texas. January 6, 2017.

Nguyen, E. (2017). Lexical semantic profiles and the age of acquisition for the English passive. Talk presented at the Workshop on Passives. University of Geneva. January 10, 2017.

Nguyen, E. (2016). Lexical semantic profiles and the age of acquisition for the English passive. Talk presented at the Experimental Syntax and Semantics Lab. MIT. December 13, 2016.

The (Non)-Parametric Effects of Syntax/Pragmatics on Children’s Passives

This collaborative project, with William Snyder (UConn) and Diane Lillo-Martin (UConn), investigates whether experimental and/or syntactic manipulations would reveal deeper insights into children’s understanding of passive sentences.

Nguyen, E., & Snyder, W. The (Non)- Effects of Pragmatics on Children’s Passives.

___ (2017). In The Proceedings of the 41st Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development[PDF]

___ (2016). Poster presented at the 41st Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Boston University, Boston. November 4, 2016. [PDF]

___ (2016). Talk presented at the Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition 2016 (GALANA-7). University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. September 8, 2016. [PDF]

Nguyen, E., Lillo-Martin, D., & Snyder, W. Actionality speaks louder than felicity: children’s comprehension of long passives.

___ (to appear). In Proceedings from the Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition 2015 (GALA 12).  [Pre-pub Manuscript]

___ (2015). Talk presented at the Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition 2015 (GALA 12). University of Nantes. September 12, 2015. [PDF]

Nguyen, E. (2015). Some thoughts on English-speaking children’s comprehension of long passives. Talk presented at the UMass-UConn-Smith Language Acquisition Workshop (UUSLAW). Smith College. November 7, 2015.

Nguyen, E. (2015). Actionality speaks louder than felicity: children’s comprehension of long passives. Talk presented at the UMass-UConn-Smith Language Acquisition Workshop (UUSLAW). University of Connecticut. April 18, 2015.

The Ambiguity of the Attitude Verb ‘Xiang‘ in Mandarin Chinese

This project investigated a supposedly ambiguous attitude verb in Mandarin which allows for either a think or awant interpretation and what consequences such an attitude verb may have on the acquisition of attitude verbs.

Nguyen, E. Best of Both Worlds? Preliminary Observations of Xiang in Mandarin.

___ (2014). Poster at The 5th Annual UConn Language Fest. Storrs, CT, April 26, 2014. [PDF]

___ (2014). Paper presented at The Maryland-MIT-Harvard-UMass-UConn Workshop in Formal Linguistics (ECO-5). College Park, MD, April 19, 2014.

Nguyen, E. (2013). Observations on the Attitude Verb Xiang in Mandarin Chinese. Poster at the 1st Annual Philosophy and Linguistics Internal Workshop (PHLINT1). College Park, MD, April 6, 2013.

Accommodation or Ignorance in child English: an Investigation of Presupposition Trigger ‘Still’

This collaborative project, with Alex Göbel (UMass-Amherst), investigates children’s acquisition of presupposition triggers and how they deal with contexts that do not entail the presupposition of that trigger.

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