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Mayfest 2004: CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing

Mayfest is a workshop that brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines and perspectives to discuss fundamental issues in linguistics. Over the course of two days, participants engage in talks and discussion sessions to stimulate new insights and collaboration.


  • Sarah Brownn-Schmidt and Michael Tanenhaus (Rochester), Continuous update of the message during unrestricted
  • Rebecca Nappa, David January, Lila Gleitman and John Trueswell (Pennsylvania), Paying attention to attention: Perceptual priming effects on word order
  • Marshall Mayberry and Matthew Crocker (Saarland), Incrementality, prediction and attention in a scaleable network model of linguistic competence and performance
  • Andrew Nevins (MIT), Colin Phillips and David Poeppel (Maryland), Syntactic and semantic predictors of tense: An ERP investigation of Hindi
  • Tanja Schmid, Markus Bader and Josef Bayer (Konstanz), Parsing and grammar: Evidence from infinitival complementation
  • Paul Engelhardt, Karl Bailey and Fernanda Ferreira (Michigan State), “But its already on a towel!”: Reconsidering the one-referent visual context
  • Craig Chambers and Valerie San Juan (Calgary), Presupposition and referential prediction in real-time sentence comprehension
  • Julie Boland and Jessica Cooke (Michigan), Anticipatory eye-movements reflect semantic event structure, not subcategorization frequency
  • Masaya Yoshida, Sachiko Aoshima and Colin Phillips (Maryland), Relative clause prediction in Japanese
  • Anne Fernald, Renate Zangl, Tiffany Early, Ana Luz Portillo and Carolyn Quam (Stanford), Two year olds use verb information in rapid inferential learning of novel nouns
  • Jeeyoung Ahn Ha (Illinois), Age-related effects on learning to parse: Evidence from Korean-English bilinguals
  • Irina Sekerina (CUNY) and John Trueswell (Pennsylvania), Interpreting contrastive constituents in Russian: Pragmatic and prosodic effects
  • H. Wind Cowles & Alan Garnham (Sussex), Prominence differences in definite NP anaphor resolution: Grammatical subject and semantic distance effects
  • Jools Simner and Martin Pickering (Edinburgh), Generating associations of cause and consequence
  • Fernanda Ferreira (Michigan State), Ellen Lau (Maryland) and Karl Bailey (Michigan State), A model of disfluency processing based on Tree-Adjoining Grammar
  • Silvia Gennari and Maryellen MacDonald (Wisconsin), Relating production and comprehension of relative clauses
  • Ruth Kempson and Matthew Purver (London), Grammars with parsing dynamics: A new perspective on alignment
  • Janet McLean, Holly Branigan and Martin Pickering (Edinburgh), How artists with keys help nuns with umbrellas: The role of prior comprehension on disambiguation
  • Kay Bock (Illinois)
  • Gerard Kempen (Leiden)
  • Vic Ferreira (UCSD)
  • Maryellen MacDonald (Wisconsin)
  • Martin Pickering (Edinburgh)
  • Nina Kazanina, Ellen Lau, Moti Lieberman, Colin Phillips and Masaya Yoshida (Maryland), Use of grammatical constraints in the processing of backwards anaphora
  • Kirsten Thorpe and Anne Fernald (Stanford), Knowing what a novel word is not: Efficient processing of prenominal adjectives in speech
  • Erin McMahon Ledden, Jeffrey Lidz and Janet Pierrehumbert (Northwestern), Suprasegmental cues to meaning in child-directed speech
  • Jennifer Balogh and David Swinney (UCSD), The on-line processing of contrastive stress in pronoun reference resolution.
  • Masako Hirotani (Massachusetts), Prosodic boundaries in the comprehension and production of wh- questions in Tokyo Japanese
  • Catherine Anderson (Northwestern) and Katy Carlson (Morehead St.), Prosodic phrasing in DO/SC and closure sentences
  • Duane Watson, Michael Tanenhaus and Christine Gunlogson (Rochester), Processing pitch accents: Interpreting H and L+H
  • Martin Pickering (Edinburgh) & Matthew Traxler (UC Davis), Grammatical repetition and Garden Path effects
  • Markus Bader, Josef Bayer, Jana Häussler and Tanja Schmid (Konstanz), On structure and frequency: Case in PP and VP
  • Timothy Desmet, Constantijn de Backe, Denis Drieghe (Ghent), Marc Brysbaert (London) and Wietske Vonk (MPI Nijmegen), Relative clause attachment in Dutch: On-line reading preferences correspond to corpus frequencies when lexical variables are taken into account
  • John Hale (Michigan State) and Edward Gibson (MIT), Construction frequency and sentence comprehension