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Jun 14, 2018

HULC lab Summer Symposium

All presentations are open to the public!

when? Thursday, June 14th, 16:00 - 19:00

where? IDF, room 010


Preliminary Programm for the HULC lab Summer Symposium. Note that the order of presentations is not fixed yet.

Motion event representation and encoding

Weights in motion frames

Michael Herweg

Räumliche Konzepte von Bewegungsereignissen in L2 Deutschen-Chinesischen und L2 Deutschen-Englischen


Complex Mandarin motion event descriptions are not serializations of verbs: evidence against the equipollently-framed view

Ziwei Li


Expectation management in online dialogue understanding: an investigation of Dutch inderdaad ‘indeed’ and eigenlijk ‘actually’

Guest speaker: Geertje van Bergen (Max-Planck Institut für Psycholinguistik)

Reformulation and cognitive processing: An experimental study about the use of the markers decir in Spanish

Jasmin Schröck

In this study two types of reformulation will be analyzed using the example of the discourse marker es decir: paraphrastic and non-paraphrastic reformulation. For this purpose, reading experiments are conducted with natives of Spanish to draw conclusions about the effort of processing of both types.

Psycholinguistic correlates of grammaticalization: an eye-tracker analysis of a paradigm of consecutive discourse markers

Carlos Cuello

This study addresses the grammaticalization of discourse markers from an experimental perspective. The main aim of the project is to verify whether there are correlations between different discourse markers belonging to the same pragmatic paradigm and with varying degrees of grammaticalization and the cognitive processing they trigger. More specifically, an eye-tracking reading experiment containing the Spanish consecutive discourse markers 'por tanto', 'por ello', 'por eso', 'por esto', have been designed to test their cognitive processing by Spanish-speakers.

Language processing - General

What do we learn from structural priming in bilinguals?

Sandra Pappert

I will present data from structural priming experiments with bilinguals that speak to the issue of (a) separate vs. shared representions and (b) lexical guidance in sentence production. The potential and the limits of the approach will be discussed.

Interpretation and prediction of event participants in Mandarin verb-final sentences – nothing unexpected, but one interesting new finding

Johannes Gerwien

In a visual world study, I show that speakers of Mandarin do not use word order to assign thematic roles. However, prediction effects arise upon perceiving the markers bei and ba, which precede the agent in a passive and the theme/patient in a resultative sentence. Interestingly, an effect of structural complexity of the first noun phrase was observed surfacing as a delay in anticipatory eye movements.

Sind Mutter- und Fremdsprache gleichstark verkörpert? — eine Pupillometrie-Studie über emotionale Reaktivität bei der Verarbeitung mutter- und fremdsprachlicher emotionaler Sätze

Dennis Dieker

Je 20 Probanden in zwei Gruppen lesen Sätze mit negativen, emotionalen und neutralen Inhalten auf Deutsch (Muttersprache) oder auf Englisch (fortgeschrittene Fremdsprache). Gemessen wird die Pupillengrößenveränderung bei der Verarbeitung des emotionalen Inhalts als Indikator über Stärke des sprachlichen embodiment. Hypothesiert wird, dass die Magnitüde der Pupillengrößenveränderung bei der Verarbeitung muttersprachlicher Stimuli größer ist als die bei der Verarbeitung fremdsprachlicher Stimuli. Eine Bestätigung dieser Hypothese nährt theoretische Erkenntnisse über embodiment & grounded cognition an sich (Lakoff & Johnson 1980; Barsalou 2008), sowie differentiellem Embodiment (disembodied cognition, Pavlenko 2012).

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