Research

Sentence Processing

When we have plenty of time, we seem to be good at using various kinds of information to comprehend sentences. When time is limited, we sometimes make mistakes, and interestingly they seem to be systematic which have turned out to be useful for studying the cognitive mechanisms that are involved in language processing.

The ability to use certain types of linguistic information in real-time also seems to depend on age and the languages you speak.

(CUNY2020, 2021, manuscript in prep.) A structural asymmetry in L2 agreement attraction.
– With Dr. Colin Phillips (University of Maryland)

(Research Assistant) Korean adolescents’ processing of syntactic and semantic anomalies in a picture-sentence verification task – An ERP study.
– With Dr. Sun-Young Lee (Cyber Hankuk University of Foreign Studies)

(Project) The role of sub-syllabic units in nonnative language processing – Focusing on onset-rime sensitivity in Chinese learners of English.
– With Dr. Nan Jiang (University of Maryland)

Second Language Acquisition

While learning to speak as a child did not seem so hard, why is it so difficult to learn another language as an adult? What makes language learning more challenging for adults than it is for children? How do individual differences like age of acquisition and proficiency affect the way nonnative speakers process linguistic information during comprehension and production?

Publication: Lee, Eun-Kyoung. (2019). Age of onset, type of exposure, and ultimate attainment of L2 morpho-syntactic sensitivity. Studies in Second Language Acquisition.
– With Dr. Mike Long (University of Maryland)

Publication: Lee, Eun-Kyoung, & Oh, Sun-Young. (2018). Korean EFL learners’ use of I in English argumentative writing – Focusing on genre-specific and proficiency-specific characteristics. Language Research, 54(2).
– With Dr. Sun-Young, Oh (Seoul National University)

Language and Music

How effective is language processing in the presence of background music? Does listening to music hinder our ability to process sentences? How do lyrical and melodic information in music affect visual sentence processing? It seems to be that lyrical music interferes with processing certain types of linguistic information, while instrumental music has minimal effect.

(Manuscript submitted) Lee, Eun-Kyoung, Lee, Sungeun, & Kwon, Young Sung. (2020). Different levels of language processing in the presence of lyrical and non-lyrical background music – An ERP study.
– With Dr. Sungeun Lee, Dr. Young Sung Kwon (Seoul National University)


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