Fachgebiet Psycholinguistics

Dr. Gunnar Jacob

Office: Building 57, Room 422

E-mail:gunnar.jacob[at]sowi.uni-kl.de

Phone: +49(0)-631-205-5470

Fax: +49(0)-631-205-5182

Curriculum Vitae

My psycholinguistic research focusses on grammatical processing mechanisms in prototypical native speakers, second-language learners, and other groups of bilinguals, such as heritage speakers. Within this field, an issue I find particularly fascinating is to what extent the way in which a language is acquired can shape grammatical processing mechanisms in adult speakers.

I hold a degree in Psychology from the University of Münster (Germany), where I graduated with a thesis on the processing of temporarily-ambiguous sentences in native speakers versus L2 learners of English, and a Ph.D in Psycholinguistics from the University of Dundee (Scotland, UK), where I conducted Ph.D research investigating the role of structural properties of the native language in second-language syntactic processing. After graduating from Dundee in 2010, I joined Prof. Shanley Allen’s Psycholinguistics and Language Development Group at the University of Kaiserslautern, where I conducted a number of experimental studies on L1 influence in L2 sentence production. From 2011 to 2018, I was part of  Prof. Harald Clahsen’s research group at the Potsdam Research Institute for Multilingualism (University of Potsdam, Germany), where I have been involved in a number of studies investigating the processing of morphologically complex words and their representation in the Mental Lexicon across a variety of different languages (English, German, Turkish, and Japanese) and speaker groups (i.e. prototypical native speakers, second-language learners on different proficiency levels, and bilingual heritage speakers). I have recently returned to the University of Kaiserslautern, where I am currently involved in a number of projects on language aptitude, bilingualism and language change, and grammatical representations in L2 learners.

Publications

Papers

Jacob, G., Şafak, D.F., Demir, O. & Kırkıcı, B. (2018). Preserved morphological processing in heritage speakers: A masked priming study on Turkish. Second language Research, doi: 10.1177/0267658318764535

Jacob, G. (2017). Morphological priming in bilingualism research. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, doi: 10.1017/S1366728917000451   

Veríssimo, J., Heyer, V., Jacob, G., & Clahsen, H. (2017). Selective Effects of Age of Acquisition on Morphological Priming: Evidence for a Sensitive Period. Language Acquisition. dx.doi.org/10.1080/10489223.2017.1346104

Jacob, G., Lago, S., & Patterson, C. (2017). L2 processing and memory retrieval: Some empirical and conceptual challenges. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 20(4), 691-693. doi: 10.1017/S1366728916000948

Jacob, G., Heyer, V., & Veríssimo, J. (2017). Aiming at the same target: A masked priming study directly comparing derivation and inflection in the second language. International Journal of Bilingualism. doi.org/10.1177/1367006916688333

Jacob, G., Katsika, K., Family N., and Allen, S.E.M. (2016). The role of constituent order and level of embedding in cross-linguistic structural priming, Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. doi:10.1017/S1366728916000717

Jacob, G., and Kırkıcı, B. (2016). The processing of morphologically complex words in a specific speaker group: A masked-priming study with Turkish heritage speakers. The Mental Lexicon,11, 2, 308-328. doi:10.1075/ml.11.2.06jac

Nakano, Y., Ikemoto, Y., Jacob, G., and Clahsen, H. (2016). How Orthography Modulates Morphological Priming: Subliminal Kanji Activation in Japanese. Frontiers in Psychology. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00316

Jacob, G. & Felser, C. (2016). Reanalysis and semantic persistence in native and nonnative garden-path recovery. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 69(5), 907-925.

Jacob, G. (2015). The L2 decomposition of transparent derived verbs - Is it ‘morphological’? A commentary on De Grauwe, Lemhöfer, Willems, & Schriefers (2014). Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9:220, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00220.

Jacob, G., Fleischhauer, E. & Clahsen, H. (2013). Stem allomorphy and affixation in morphological processing: A cross-modal priming study with late bilinguals. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 16, 924-933.

Van Gompel, R.P.G., Pickering, M.J., Pearson, J., & Jacob, G. (2006). The activation of inappropriate analyses in garden-path sentences: Evidence from structural priming. Journal of Memory and Language, 55, 335-362.

 

Book Chapters

Jacob, G. (2018). Morphologische Verarbeitung bei L2-Lernern. In: Schimke, S., & Hopp, H. (Hrsg.). Sprachverarbeitung im Zweitspracherwerb. De Gruyter.

 

Selected Recent Conference Presentations

Ciaccio, L.A., & Jacob, G. (2017). The role of orthography in the L2 processing of complex words: An overt priming study. 10th International Morphological Processing Conference, Trieste, Italy, 22-24 June.

Jacob, G., Wartenburger, I., Mutyala, R. & Clahsen, H. (2016). A tale of blood and light – Using near-infrared spectroscopy to study the production of inflected forms in L2 learners of English. Talk presented by Gunnar Jacob at the 17th International Morphology Meeting (IMM17), Vienna, Austria, 18-21 Februar.

Veríssimo, J., Heyer, V., Jacob, G. & Clahsen, H. (2015). A critical period for the acquisition of inflectional rules: Selective effects of age of acquisition on morphological priming. Talk presented by João Veríssimo at the 21st AMLaP conference, University of Malta, Valetta, Malta, 3-5 September.

Jacob, G., Wartenburger, I., Mutyala, R. & Clahsen, H. (2015): Contribution of the left hemisphere in the production of inflected verbs in native and non-native speakers. Talk presented by Gunnar Jacob and Isabell Wartenburger at the DAAD Workshop "Grammar in the Mental Lexicon", University of Potsdam, Germany, 1 August.

Veríssimo, J., Heyer, V., Jacob, G. & Clahsen, H. (2015). Selective effects of age of acquisition on morphological priming. Talk presented by João Veríssimo at the DAAD Workshop "Grammar in the Mental Lexicon", University of Potsdam, Germany, 1 August.

Jacob, G., Heyer, V. & Veríssimo, J. (2015). Is all morphology created equal? The processing of derived vs. inflected words in L2 German. Talk presented by Gunnar Jacob at the 9th International Morphological Processing Conference, University of Potsdam, Germany, 18-20 June.

Wartenburger, I., Jacob, G., Mutyala, R. & Clahsen, H. (2015). The production of inflected verbs in native and non-native speakers – a NIRS study. Talk presented by Isabell Wartenburger and Gunnar Jacob at the PuG 2015 conference, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 5 June.

Jacob, G., Heyer, V. & Veríssimo, J. (2015). The processing of derived and inflected words in L2 speakers: A masked priming study with Russian L2 speakers of German. Talk presented at the 10th International Symposium on Bilingualism, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA, 20-24 May.

Heyer, V., Jacob, G., Kιrkιcι, B.  & Clahsen, H. (2014). Bilinguals see a scan in scanner AND in scandal: Masked priming evidence from English, German and Turkish. Poster presented at the 9th Mental Lexicon Conference, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada, 30 September - 2 October 2014.

Jacob, G. & Kιrkιcι, B. (2014). The processing of morphologically complex words in Turkish heritage speakers. Poster presented at the AMLaP  2014, Edinburgh, UK, 3 - 6 September 2014.

Jacob, G., Katsika, K., Kholodova, A., Family, N., & Allen, S. (2014). The role of global syntactic context in structural priming: Evidence from German. Poster presented at the AMLaP  2014, Edinburgh, UK, 3 - 6 September 2014.

Jacob, G., Katsika, K., Martinek, L., Family, N., & Allen, S. (2013). Cross-linguistic priming in German-English bilinguals: the role of global and surface syntactic structure. Paper presented at the International Conference on Multilingualism, Montreal, 24 - 25 October.

Budd, M.J., Festman, J., & Clahsen, H. (2013). ERP correlates of the production of inflected word forms in L2 English. Paper presented by Gunnar Jacob at the 9th International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB 9), Singapore, 10 - 13 June.

Jacob, G., & Felser, C. (2013). Garden-path recovery in native vs. nonnative sentence comprehension: Evidence from eye-movements during reading. Paper presented at the 9th International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB 9), Singapore, 10 - 13 June.

Jacob, G., Calley, M., Katsika, K., Family, N., & Allen, S. (2013). Syntactic representations in bilinguals: The role of word order in cross-linguistic priming. Paper presented at the 9th International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB 9), Singapore, 10 - 13 June.

Jacob, G., & Felser, C. (2013). Dissociating reanalysis and semantic reinterpretation during garden-path recovery. Poster presented at the 2013 CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Columbia (SC), 21 - 23 March.

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