Ambiguity

Ambiguity, in particular structural ambiguity, is at the core of research program. My overarching research goals are to identify and theoretically model the ways in which different sources of linguistic information influence how the parser copes with structural ambiguity. For instance, my dissertation shows that the parser does not seem to behave differently around verbs that have monotransitive versus intransitive frames while representing ambiguous structures. In fact, I conclude that the parser builds both (mono- and intransitive) structures simultaneously, and maintains them until the locally ambiguous string is disambiguating by newly encountered structure.

"Whenever he leaves John's house..."

whenever he leaves John's house

My planned follow-up studies will address how prosodic boundaries influence the parser’s behavior in this syntactic environment and how exposure to non-binary genders and neopronouns influences the parser’s behavior during coreference resolution (i.e., between the positions of ‘he’ and ‘John’ in this example).

  • Ackerman, L., M. Frazier, & M. Yoshida. (2018). Resumptive Pronouns Can Ameliorate Illicit Island Extractions. Linguistic Inquiry, (4)49. doi:10.1162/ling_a_00291
  • Ackerman, L. (2017). Pronouns, gender, and ambiguity: Modeling real-time comprehension of sentences. Centre for Behavior and Evolution Seminar Series. Newcastle University, (April 2017). [invited talk]
  • Frazier, M., L. Ackerman, P. Baumann, D. Potter, & M. Yoshida. (2015). Wh-filler-gap dependency formation guides reflexive antecedent search. Frontiers in Psychology, Vol. 6 (1504). doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01504
  • Frazier, M., P. Baumann, L. Ackerman, D. Potter & M. Yoshida. (2015). Does wh-filler-gap dependency formation resolve local ambiguity? The 28th Annual Conference On Human Sentence Processing (CUNY2015) – University of Southern California, CA (March 2015). [oral presentation]
  • Ackerman, L., N. Kazanina, & M. Yoshida. (2015). Cataphoric dependency search overrides, but local coherence lingers. The 89th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA2015) – Portland, OR (January 2015). [oral presentation]
  • Ackerman, L., N. Kazanina, & M. Yoshida. (2014). Local Coherence Does Not Override Previously Made Structural Commitments. The 20th Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP) – Edinburgh (September 2014). [oral presentation]
  • Ackerman, L., N. Kazanina, & M. Yoshida. (2015). Does the cataphoric dependency formation help the parser resolve local ambiguity? The 28th Annual Conference On Human Sentence Processing (CUNY15) – University of Southern California, CA (March 2015). [poster]
  • Frazier, M., P. Baumann, L. Ackerman, D. Potter, & M. Yoshida. (2014). Wh-dependency resolution interrupts reflexive antecedent search on-line. The 20th Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP) – Edinburgh (September 2014). [poster]
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