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This thesis examines the effect of political ideology on language processing. While it is well established that the semantics of language have an effect on language users’ comprehension process, there is little research on the effect of personal characteristics, particularly political ideology,...
This dissertation examines the association between the emotional dominance of verbs and the perception, or inference, of character gender. In the context of this dissertation, emotional dominance is described as the perceived level of power, or control, exerted by a verb. I hypothesize that when...
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...
Background. Stuttered speech (e.g., th-ththth-th-ththth-the car) and typical disfluencies (e.g., thee uh car) have some similarities. Previous research describes a tendency in listeners to predict that a speaker will refer to an unfamiliar object, rather than a familiar one, when both are equally...
SSHRC Awarded CG 2015: Funding to support an academic conference entitled "Discourse Expectations: Theoretical, Experimental, and Computational Perspectives (DETEC)", at the University of Alberta, from June 17-19, 2015. The conference will address theoretical issues concerning what linguistic...
SSHRC Awarded IG 2014: How do humans recognize speech? How do factors such as native language, age, and dialect have an effect on the way in which spoken words are recognized? The present proposal seeks to investigate these and other questions regarding spoken language recognition by creating and...