What kind of knowledge must speakers possess in order to produce and understand utterances? How is this knowledge organized, and how does it interact with other types of information during sentence processing? My research focuses on how sentence structure is linked to sentence meaning, with specific interest in unbounded dependency constructions, coordination, ellipsis, and linearization. I have specialized in surface-driven, construction-based, non-derivational grammatical frameworks such as HPSG/SBCG, and use corpora and controlled psycholinguistic experimentation to determine the division of labor between syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and cognition in shaping complex phenomena. I am particularly interested in how probabilistic information influences sentence processing and acceptability, and how it can explain apparently idiosyncratic patterns.

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