Fachgebiet Psycholinguistics


Under Review

Fernandez, L.B., Bothe, R. & Allen. S.E.M. (under revision). The role of L1 reading direction on L2 perceptual span: An eye tracking study investigating Hindi and Urdu.




Pashkova, T.,  Tsehaye, W., Allen, S.E.M, & Tracy, R. (In press). Syntactic optionality in heritage language use: Effects of register on clause type preferences of German heritage speakers in a majority English context. Heritage Language Journal.

Blything, R., Iraola Azpiroz, M., Allen, S. E. M., Hert, R., & Järvikivi, J. (In press). The influence of prominence cues in 7- to 10-year-olds’ pronoun resolution: Disentangling order of mention, grammatical role, and semantic role. Journal of Child Language.

Fernandez, L.B., Scheepers, C., & Allen, S.E.M (accepted).  Cross-linguistic differences in parafoveal semantic and orthographic processing.  Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics.


Fernandez, L. B., Scheepers, C., & Allen, S. E. (2020). The impact of uninformative parafoveal masks on L1 and late L2 speakers. Journal of Eye Movement Research, 13(6). https://doi.org/10.16910/jemr.13.6.3


Fernandez, L. B., Engelhardt, P., Patarroyo, A. G., & Allen, S. (2020). Author accepted manuscript: Effects of speech rate on anticipatory eye movements in the Visual World Paradigm: Evidence from aging, native, and non-native language processing.[pdf] Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. DOI:

Kholodova, A. & Allen, S.E.M. (In press). The ditransitive alternation in German: Structural preferences and verb bias effects. In E. Zehentner & M. Rothlisberger (Eds.),Ditransitive constructions in Germanic languages. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Moran, S., Lester, N.A., Gordon, H., Küntay, A., Pfeiler, B., Allen, S.E.M., & Stoll, S. (2019). Variation sets in maximally diverse languages.In M.M. Brown & B. Dailey (Eds.),Proceedings of the 43rd Boston University Conference on Language development (pp. 427-440). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Czernochowski, D., Borges Gamboa, J.C., & Allen, S.E.M. (2019). What can the eyes and the brain tell us about learning? The role of information density in the comprehension and retrieval of complex concepts. In O. Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia (Ed .), Frontiers and advances in positive learning in the age of information (PLATO) (pp. 143-152). Basel: Springer Nature.

Iraola  Azpiroz,  M.,  Allen,  S.E.M.,  Katsika,  K.  &  Fernandez,  L.  (Eds.)  (2019).  Special  Issue  of Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism: Psycholinguistic approaches to production and comprehension in bilingual adults and children. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 9(4/5).https://benjamins.com/catalog/lab.9.4-5

Wiese, H., Alexiadou, A., Allen, S., Bunk, O., Gagarina, N., Iefremenko, K., Jahns, E., Klotz, M., Krause, T., Labrenz, A., Lüdeling, A., Martynova, M., Neuhaus, K., Pashkova, T., Rizou, V., Schroeder, C., Szucsich, L., Tracy, R., Tsehaye, W., Zerbian, S., & Zuban, Y. (2019). RUEG Corpus (Version 0.2.0) [Data set]. Zenodo.http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3236069

Iraola  Azpiroz,  M.,  Allen,  S.E.M.,  Katsika,  K.  & Fernandez, L. (2019). Psycholinguistic approaches to production and comprehension in bilingual adults and children. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 9(4/5), 505-513. https://www.jbe-platform.com/content/journals/10.1075/lab.19025.azp

Allen, S.E.M. & Behrens, H. (2019). Insights into understanding human language from children’s acquisition of morphology and syntax: A historical and current perspective on central questions in the field. In P. Hagoort (Ed.), Human language: From genes and brains to behavior (pp. 127-145). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Allen, S.E.M., Dench, K., & Isakson, K. (2019). InuLARSP: An adaptation of the Language Assessment Remediation and Screening Procedure for Inuktitut. In Ball, M.J., Fletcher, P. & Crystal, D. (Eds.), Grammatical profiles: Further languages of LARSP (pp. 267-293). Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.


Allen, S.E.M. (2017). Comparison as a fruitful way forward: Bilinguals, co-activation, and interfaces. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 7(6), 668-672.[pdf]

Fernandez, L.B., Höhle, B., Brock, J., & Nickels, L. (2017) Investigating auditory processing of syntactic gaps with L2 speakers  using pupillometry.  Second Language Research.  Advanced online publication: doi:10.1177/0267658317722386 [pdf]

Allen, S.E.M. (In press). Polysynthesis in the acquisition of Inuit languages. In Fortescue, M., Mithun, M., & Evans, N. (Eds.), Handbook of Polysynthesis. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [pdf]


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]

Mozaffari Chanijani, S.S., Al-Naser, M., Bukhari, S.S., Borth, D., Allen, S.E.M., & Dengel, A. (2016). An eye movement study on scientific papers using wearable eye tracking technology. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Mobile Computing and Ubiquitous Networking. [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 music. Psychopharmacology, 232, 3607-3614 [pdf]

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

Serratrice, L. & Allen, S.E.M. (2015). Introduction: An overview of the acquisition of reference. In L.Serratrice & S.E.M. Allen (Eds.), The acquisition of reference (pp. 1-24). Amsterdam: Benjamins [pdf]

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]


Family, N. (2014). Semantic Spaces of Persian Light Verbs: A Constructionist Account. In Brill's Studies in South and Southwest Asian Languages. Leiden, NL: Brill. [ link]

Katsika, K. & Allen, S.E.M. (2014). Processing subject and object relative clauses in a flexible word order language: Evidence from Greek. In G. Kotzoglou, K. Nikolou, E. Karantzola, K. Frantzi, I. Galantomos, M. Georgalidou, V. Kourti-Kazoullis, C. Papadopoulou & E. Vlachou (Eds.), Selected Papers of the 11th International Conference on Greek Linguistics (pp. 715-726). Rhodos, Greece: University of the Aegean. [pdf]

Cavicchio, F., Brown, A., Furman, R., Allen, S., Özyürek, A. & Kita, S. (2014). Annotation of space and manner/path configuration in bilinguals’speech and manual gestures. Proceedings of the 10th International Workshop on Multimodal Corpora, Tools and Resources (pp. 25-28).[pdf]

Allen, S.E.M. (2014). Argument structure. In P. Brooks & V. Kempe (Eds.), Encyclopedia of language development (pp. 18-19). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. [pdf]

Hughes, M. & Allen, S.E.M. (2014).Competing motivations in children's omission of subjects? The interaction between verb finiteness and referent accessibility. In B. MacWhinney, A. Malchukov, and E. Moravcsik (eds.), Competing motivations in grammar and usage (pp. 144-162). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [pdf]


Hughes, M. & Allen, S.E.M. (2013). The effect of individual discourse-pragmatic features on referential choice in child English. Journal of Pragmatics 56 (pp. 15-31) [pdf]

Skarabela, B., Allen, S.E.M. & Scott-Phillips, T.C. (2013). Joint attention helps explain why children omit new arguments. Journal of Pragmatics 56 (pp. 5-14) [pdf]

Allen, S.E.M. (2013) The acquisition of ergativity in Inuktitut. In E.L. Bavin & S. Stoll (Eds.), The acquisition of ergative structures (pp. 71-105). Amsterdam: Benjamins [pdf]


Katsika, K. (2011). Attachment preferences and corpus frequencies in PP ambiguities: evidence from Greek. Selected Papers from the 19th International Symposium on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. Thessaloniki: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.


Kita, S., Özyürek, A., Allen, S.E.M., & Ishizuka, T. (2010). Early links between iconic gestures and sound symbolic words: Evidence for multimodal protolanguage. In A. D. M. Smith, M. Schouwstra, B. de Boer & K. Smith (Eds.), The evolution of language: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference (EVOLANG8) (pp. 429-430). Singapore: World  Scientific. [pdf]

Mastropavlou, M., Katsika, K., Papadopoulou, D., Tsimpli, I.M. (2010). Δείκτες υπόταξης στην ΕΓΔ: Σύνδεσμοι και Συμπληρωματικοί Δείκτες [Markers of subordination in SLI: Connectives and complementisers]. In I. Vogindroukas, A. Okalidou, S. Stavrakaki (Eds.), Developmental language disorders: From basic research to clinical practice (pp. 119-174). Thessaloniki: Epikentro.

Skarabela, B. & Allen, S.E.M. (2010). How newness and joint attention work together in child Inuktitut: Assessing discourse-pragmatic models of early argument realization. In K. Franich, K. Iserman, & L. Keil, Proceedings of the 34th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (pp. 385-396). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. [pdf]


Family, N. (2009). 
“Lighten up: The acquisition of light verb constructions in Persian.” Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (pp. 139-150). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. [pdf]

Allen, S.E.M, Genesee, F.H, Fish, S.A & Crago, M.B. (2009). Typological constraints on code mixing in Inuktitut-English bilingual adults. In N. Tersis & M.-A. Mahieu (Eds.), Variations on polysynthesis: The Eskaleut languages (pp. 273-306). Amsterdam: Benjamins. [pdf]

Allen, S.E.M. (2009). Verb Argument structure. In E. Bavin (Ed.), Cambridge Handbook of Child Language (pp. 217-236). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.[pdf]


Özyürek, A., Kita, S., Allen, S.E.M., Furman, R., Brown, A. & Ishizuka, T. (2008). Development of cross-linguistic variation in speech and gesture: Motion events in English and Turkish. Developmental Psychology 44(4), 1040-1054.  [pdf]

Allen, S.E.M., Skarabela, B. & Hughes, M. (2008). Using corpora to examine discourse effects in syntax. In H. Behrens (Ed.), Corpora in language acquisition research: Finding structure in data (pp. 99-137). Amsterdam: Benjamins.[pdf]


Kita, S., Özyürek, A., Allen, S.E.M., Brown, A., Furman, R., & Ishizuka, T. (2007). Relations between syntactic encoding and co-speech gestures: Implications for a model of speech and gesture production. Language and Cognitive Processes 22(8), 1212-1236.  [pdf]

Allen, S.E.M. (2007). Interacting pragmatic influences on children’s argument realization. In M. Bowerman & P. Brown (Eds.), Crosslinguistic perspectives on argument structure: Implications for learnability (pp. 191-210). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. [pdf]

Allen, S.E.M. (2007). The future of Inuktitut in the face of majority languages: Bilingualism or language shift? Applied Psycholinguistics 28(3): 515-536. [pdf]

Allen, S.E.M., Özyürek, A., Kita, S., Brown, A., Furman, R., Ishizuka, T. & Fujii, M. (2007). How language-specific is early syntactic packaging of Manner and Path? A comparison of English, Turkish, and Japanese. Cognition 102(1), 16-48.  [pdf]


Allen, S.E.M, Crago, M.B. & Pesco, D. (2006). The effect of majority language exposure on minority language skills: The case of Inuktitut. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism 9(5), 578-596. [pdf]

Hughes, M. & Allen, S. (2006). A discourse-pragmatic analysis of subject omission in child English. In D. Bamman, T. Magnitskaia & C. Zaller, Proceedings of the 30th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (pp. 293-304). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. [pdf]

Furman, R., Ozyurek, A., & Allen, S. (2006). Learning to express causation across languages: What do speech and gesture patterns reveal? In D. Bamman, T. Magnitskaia & C. Zaller, Proceedings of the 30th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (pp. 190-201). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.[pdf]

Allen, S.E.M. (2006). Formalism and functionalism working together? Exploring roles for complementary contributions in the domain of child null arguments. In R. Slabakova, S. Montrul, & P. Prévost (Eds.), Inquiries in linguistic development: In honor of Lydia White (pp. 233-255). Amsterdam: Benjamins. [pdf]


Özyürek, A., Kita, S., Allen, S.E.M., Furman, R. & Brown, A. (2005). How does linguistic framing of events influence co-speech gestures? Insights from crosslinguistic variations and similarities. Gesture 5(1-2), 219-240. Reprinted in: K. Liebal, C. Mueller, S. Pika (Eds.) Gestural communication in nonhuman and human primates (pp. 199-219). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. [pdf]

Zwanziger, E.E., Allen, S.E.M. & Genesee, F.H. (2005). Investigating crosslinguistic influence in child bilinguals: Subject omission in speakers of Inuktitut and English. Journal of Child Language 32(4), 893-909.  [pdf]


Brown, A., Ozyurek, A., Allen, S., Kita, S., Ishizuka, T. & Furman, R. (2005). Does event cognition influence children’s motion event expressions?” Online Proceedings Supplement of the 29th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Available at: www.bu.edu/linguistics/BUCLD/supp29.html


Allen, S.E.M. (2004). Is Modularity Matching correct or useful? Journal of Child Language 31(2), 463-466. [pdf]

Skarabela, B. & Allen, S.E.M. (2004). The context of non-affixal arguments in child Inuktitut: The role of joint attention. In A. Brugos, L. Micciulla & C. Smith (Eds.), Proceedings of the 28th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (pp. 532-542). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. [pdf]


Allen, S.E.M. & Schröder, H. (2003). Preferred argument structure in early Inuktitut spontaneous speech data. In J.W. Du Bois, L.E. Kumpf & W.J. Ashby (Eds), Preferred argument structure: Grammar as architecture for function (pp. 301-338). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. [pdf]

Allen, S.E.M. (2003). Review of Pathways to language: From fetus to adolescent by Kyra Karmiloff & Annette Karmiloff-Smith. Journal of Child Language 30(1), 245-251. [pdf]

Allen, S.E.M., Ozyürek, A., Kita, S., Brown, A., Turanli, R. & Ishizuka, T. (2003). Early speech about manner and path in Turkish and English: Universal or language-specific? Proceedings of the 27th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (Vol. 1, pp. 63-72). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. [pdf]


Allen, S.E.M., Genesee, F.H., Fish, S.A. & Crago, M.B. (2002). Patterns of code mixing in English-Inuktitut bilinguals. In M. Andronis, C. Ball, H. Elston & S. Neuvel (Eds.), Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society (Vol. 2, pp. 171-188). Chicago, IL: Chicago Linguistic Society.

Swift, M.D. & Allen, S.E.M. (2002). Verb base ellipsis in Inuktitut conversational discourse. International Journal of American Linguistics 68(2), 133-156. [pdf]

Skarabela, B. & Allen, S.E.M. (2002). The role of joint attention in argument realization in child Inuktitut. In B. Skarabela, S.A. Fish & A.H.-J. Do (Eds.), Proceedings of the 26th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (pp. 620-630). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. [pdf]

Swift, M.D. & Allen, S.E.M. (2002). Contexts of verbal inflection dropping in Inuktitut child speech.” In B. Skarabela, S.A. Fish & A.H.-J. Do (Eds.), Proceedings of the 26th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (pp. 689-700). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. [pdf]


Crago, M.B. & Allen, S.E.M. (2001). Early finiteness in Inuktitut: The role of language structure and input. Language Acquisition 9(1), 59-111. [pdf]

Allen, S.E.M. (2001). The importance of discourse-pragmatics in acquisition. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 4(1), 23-25. [pdf]


Allen, S.E.M. (2000). A discourse-pragmatic explanation for argument representation in child Inuktitut. Linguistics, 38(3), 483-521. [pdf]


Crago, M.B. & Allen, S.E.M. (1998). Acquiring Inuktitut. In O. Taylor & L. Leonard (Eds.), Language acquisition across North America: Cross-cultural and cross-linguistic perspectives (pp. 245-279). San Diego, CA: Singular Publishing Group. [pdf]

Allen, S.E.M. (1998). Categories within the verb category: Learning the causative in Inuktitut. Linguistics 36(4), 633-677. [pdf]

Crago, M.B., Allen, S.E.M. & Pesco, D. (1998). Issues of complexity in Inuktitut and English child directed speech. In E.V. Clark (Ed.), Proceedings of the 29th Annual Stanford Child Language Research Forum (pp. 37-46). Stanford: CSLI. [pdf]

Crago, M.B., Chen, C., Genesee, F.H. & Allen, S.E.M. (1998). Power and deference: Bilingual decision making in Inuit homes. Journal for a Just and Caring Education, 4(1), 78-95. [pdf]

Also published as: Crago, M.B., Chen, C., Genesee, F.H. & Allen, S.E.M. (2010). Poder y deferencia: la toma de decisiones sobre el bilingüismo en los hogares inuit. In De León, Lourdes (Ed.), Socialización, lenguaje y culturas infantiles (pp. 273-292). Mexico: CIESAS.


Allen, S.E.M. (1997). Towards a discourse-pragmatic explanation for the subject-object asymmetry in early null arguments. In A. Baker, C. Blankenstijn, M. Roelofs & A. Scheper (Eds.), Proceedings of the 9th Netwerk Eerste Taalverwerving Symposium (pp. 1-16). Amsterdam: Leerstoelgroep Psycholinguïstiek en Taalpathologie, University of Amsterdam.

Allen, S.E.M. (1997). A discourse pragmatic explanation for the subject object asymmetry in early null arguments: The Principle of Informativeness revisited. In A. Sorace, C. Heycock & R. Shillcock (Eds.), Proceedings of the GALA '97 Conference on Language Acquisition (pp. 10-15). Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh. [pdf]

Crago, M.B. & Allen, S.E.M. (1997). Linguistic and cultural aspects of simplicity and complexity in Inuktitut (Eskimo) child-directed speech. In E. Hughes, M. Hughes & A. Greenhill (Eds.), Proceedings of the 21st Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (pp. 91-102). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. [pdf]

Crago, M.B., Allen, S.E.M., & Hough-Eyamie, W.P. (1997). Exploring innateness through cultural and linguistic variation. In M. Gopnik (Ed.), The inheritance and innateness of grammars (pp. 70-90). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [pdf]

Allen, S.E.M. (1997). Review of La parole inuit: Langue, culture et société dans l’arctique nord-américain by Louis-Jacques Dorais. Anthropological Linguistics, 39(2), 325-328.


Allen, S.E.M. (1996). Aspects of argument structure acquisition in Inuktitut. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Allen, S.E.M. & Crago, M.B. (1996). Early passive acquisition in Inuktitut. Journal of Child Language, 23(1), 129-155. [pdf]

Crago, M.B. & Allen, S.E.M. (1996). Building the case for impairment in linguistic representation. In M. L. Rice (Ed.), Toward a genetics of language (pp. 261-289). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. [pdf]


Allen, S.E.M. (1995). Acquisition of causatives in Inuktitut. In E.V. Clark (Ed.), Proceedings of the 27th Annual Stanford Child Language Research Forum (pp. 51-60). Stanford: CSLI.


Crago, M.B. & Allen, S.E.M. (1994). Morphemes gone askew: Linguistic impairment in Inuktitut. McGill Working Papers in Linguistics, 10 (1&2), 206-215. [pdf]


Allen, S.E.M. & Crago, M.B. (1993). The acquisition of passives and unaccusatives in Inuktitut. McGill Working Papers in Linguistics, 9, 1-29. [pdf]

Allen, S.E.M. & Crago, M.B. (1993). Early acquisition of passive morphology in Inuktitut. In E.V. Clark (Ed.), Proceedings of the 24th Annual Stanford Child Language Research Forum (pp. 112-123). Stanford: CSLI.


Allen, S.E.M. & Crago, M.B. (1992). The acquisition of passive morphology in Inuktitut. In. W.O. Kupsch & J.F. Basinger (Eds.), The Musk-Ox 39: Proceedings of the Third National Student Conference on Northern Studies (pp. 306-312). [pdf]

Allen, S.E.M. & Crago, M.B. (1992). First language acquisition of Inuktitut. In M.-J. Dufour & F. Thérien (Eds.), Inuit Studies Occasional Papers 4: Proceedings of the Seventh Inuit Studies Conference (pp. 273-281). [pdf]


Crago, M.B., Annahatak, B., Doehring, D. & Allen, S.E.M. (1991). Evaluation of Inuit children's first language by native speakers. Journal of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology, 15. [43-48]


Allen, S.E.M. (1989). Preschool language acquisition of Inuktitut: A case study of one Inuk boy. In W.O. Kupsch & J.F. Basinger (Eds.), The Musk Ox 37: Proceedings of the Second National Student Conference on Northern Studies (pp. 159 167).[pdf]

Allen, S.E.M. & Crago, M.B. (1989). Acquisition of noun incorporation in Inuktitut. Papers and Reports on Child Language Development 28: Proceedings of the Stanford Child Language Research Forum (pp. 49 56).  [pdf]


Allen, S.E.M. (1988). Noun incorporation in Eskimo: Postpositions and case marking. McGill Working Papers in Linguistics, 5(2), 1 39. [pdf]

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