Damon TutunjianResearcher, PhD
My first line of research, conducted together with Anna-Lena Wiklund (PI) and funded by both the Riksbanken Anniversary fund and the Crafoord Foundation, examines the processing of relative clause extractions and long distance dependencies in Swedish, and the effect that certain factors (working memory span, pragmatic fit, etc.) might have on the felicity of such structures.
My second line of research, conducted in collaboration with Dr. Marianne Gullberg, uses self-paced-reading to investigate the activation of agent arguments in short adjectival-passive as compared to verbal-passive constructions. We further seek to identify processing differences in the relative contribution of lexical frequency and syntactic cues between native and second language learners of English for such structures.