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Linguistics, 414 Lorch Hall-1220
Office Location(s): 4428D East Hall
Julie Boland investigates language processing from an interdisciplinary perspective. Her research focuses on the interfaces of word recognition, syntactic processing, and semantic processing. She studies language processing in normal adults who are using their native language(s). She is interested in questions about how syntactic knowledge is stored and accessed, how real world knowledge and linguistic knowledge are integrated, and how sociolinguistic cues contribute to recovery of meaning during language comprehension.
She regularly teaches courses for the Psychology Department on research methods and the psychology of language. Professor Boland has supervised multiple PhD dissertations at the University of Michigan: Lauren Squires, “Sociolinguistic priming and the perception of agreement variation: Testing predictions of exemplar-theoretic grammar” (co-chaired with Robin Queen, 2011), Yu-Fen Hsieh “Sentence Processing in Chinese and Chinese-English Bilinguals: Syntax-Semantics Interaction During Syntactic Ambiguity Resolution” (2010), Damon Tutunjian “Processing coordinated verb phrases: The relevance of lexical-semantic, conceptual, and contextual information towards establishing verbal parallelism” (2010), Lillian Chen “Multiple meaning activation in spoken word recognition, within and between languages” (2008), and Maya M. Khanna “The Development of Language Context Use: The Role of Executive Functions” (2006).
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