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How do the two languages of a bilingual or second language speaker interact and influence each other? How do crosslinguistic differences in morphosyntactic structure affect language development and processing? Do L2 speakers process language in the same way as L1 speakers? What role do discourse expectations play in L1 and L2 sentence processing? How do psychedelics influence language processing?

Our group investigates these questions in L1, L2, and bilingual speakers of several languages including Basque, Cree, English, German, Greek, Hebrew, Inuktitut, Persian, Portuguese, and Spanish. We use a variety of on-line and off-line methods including self-paced reading, priming, eye tracking, EEG, naturalistic observation, and elicited production.



Iraola Azpiroz, M., Santesteban, M., Sorace, A. & Ezeizabarrena, M.J. (2016). Pronoun preferences of children in a language without typical third-person pronouns. First Language. DOI: 10.1177/0142723716679799

Family, N., Vinson, D., Vigliocco, G., Kaelen, M., Bolstridge, M., Nutt, D.J., & Carhart-Harris, R.L. (2016). Semantic activation in LSD: Evidence from picture naming. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience. [pdf]

Jacob, G., Katsika, K., Family, N., & Allen, S.E.M. (2016). The role of constituent order and level of embedding in cross-linguistic structural priming. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. [pdf]

Kaelen, M., Barrett, F.S., Roseman, L., Lorenz, R., Family, N., Bolstridge, M., Curran, H.V., Feilding, A., Nutt, D.J., & Carhart-Harris, R.L. (2015). LSD enhances the emotional response to musicPsychopharmacology, 232, 3607-3614 [pdf]

Serratrice, L.. & Allen, S.E.M. (Eds.) (2015). The acquisition of reference. Amsterdam: Benjamins [link]

Allen, S.E.M., Hughes, M.E., & Skarabela, B. (2015). The role of cognitive accessibility in children’s referential choice. In L. Serratrice & S.E.M. Allen (Eds.), The acquisition of reference (pp. 123-153). Amsterdam: Benjamins. [pdf]

Allen, S.E.M. & Dench, K. (2015). Calculating mean length of utterance for Eastern Canadian Inuktitut. First Language, 35, 377-406. [pdf]

Allen, S.E.M. (2015). Verb argument structure. In E. Bavin & L. Naigles (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Child Language (2nd edition, pp. 271-297). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [pdf]

Family, N. & Allen, S.E.M. (2015). The development of the causative construction in Persian child language. Journal of Child Language. [pdf]

Hughes, M. & Allen, S.E.M. (2015). The incremental effect of discourse-pragmatic sensitivity on referential choice in the acquisition of a first language. Lingua. [pdf]