University of the Basque Country
Dept. of Linguistics and Basque Studies
Unibertsitateko Ibilbidea 5
Phone: +34 945 014294
Fax: +34 945 01320
I am a PhD student in ELEBILAB, the psycholinguistics lab at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). My research work is on sentence processing and it is supervised by Professor Itziar Laka. With my research I want to contribute to a better understanding of the strategies, constraints, and sources of information the human language processing systrem employs to interpret language on-line.
The language processing system makes syntactic and interpretational decisions about a lexical item as soon as possible, without waiting until the end of a phrase or a sentence. During incremental language processing, the processing system makes use of various sources of information in order to construct structure and compose meaning. My main interest of research is to understand how humans use these various sources of information in real-time language comprehension.
Some of the questions I pursue are:
- Are the mechanisms underlying on-line language comprehension universal or language-particular?
- Do non-native speakers of a language use the same processing strategies as native speakers do?
To address these issues electrophysiological techniques such as event-related potentials (ERPs) and behavioural measures such as reading times or comprehension accuracy will be used. Evidence comes primarily from Basque, an isolate language with unique properties that diverge from the languages around it, which we believe can contribute to a better understanding of cross-linguistic processing patterns.
2010 Yetano, I., Duñabeitia, JA., De la Cruz-Pavía, I., Carreiras, M., and Laka, I. Processing Postnominal Relative Clauses in Basque: An Inquiry into the Dependency Locality Theory. Poster presented at the 23rd Annual CUNY Conference on human sentence processing, New York University, NY.