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Spoken language comprehension is a complex task that involves taking into account many types of information at the same rate as speech unfolds. It is established that adults use both non-linguistic cues, such as visual context, as well as linguistic cues, such as semantic animacy, to maximize...
This thesis investigated the comprehension of evidentiality in Turkish heritage speakers and first generation immigrants, in comparison to monolingual speakers using a self-paced listening task. The question of how individual differences, such as the speakers’ proficiency and language environment...
Graded effects of first and second language orthography on pronunciation during second language acquisitionDownload
This study aims to assess how frequency-based and probabilistic measure describing the orthography-phonology relationship influence the accuracy of second language (L2) pronunciation in a phonological decoding task for native English learners of German, and a control group with no formal...
Homophony and Phonological Contrasts in Novel Word Learning: A Visual World Eye-Tracking Study with Adult Native and Non-Native SpeakersDownload
This thesis used visual world eye-tracking to examine how adults from native and non-native backgrounds learn novel words that contain homophones and non-homophones, and vary in different types of phonological contrasts: consonant contrasts, tone contrasts, and consonant & tone contrasts. It also...
This dissertation examines the influence of various extra-linguistic aspects on language comprehension. While language comprehension is generally understood to be influenced by real-world context, and by certain individual difference variables such as the listener’s mood, it is unclear how an...
A socio-cognitive approach to language assumes language is multimodal, embodied in general cognition, and modulated by contextual cues (van Dijk, 2014). Research on situation models confirms that language is processed multimodally and experiences top-down influence from pre-existing knowledge in...