Jesse Harris visiting UMD
Eye tracking experiment
Sun-Ah Jun and Carson Schutze

Research

Our research addresses multiple aspects of language use and comprehension, focusing on real-time language processing, with the aim of better understanding what kinds of linguistic and non-linguistic information is recruited during the interpretation process.

Much of our work deals with the kinds of default processing mechanisms that are used to assign some initial structure to linguistic input, and the extent to which those mechanisms are under automatic or strategic control.

We are particularly concerned with how such processing mechanisms might be integrated with representations and processes posited by current theory in linguistics and cognitive science. Examples of recent output can be found below.

Recent Presentations

Papers

Talks

  • Harris, Jesse A. Thematic assignment before repair: Syntactic and prosodic cues in reanalysis. Talk at The Experimental Psycholinguistics Conference, Menorca, Spain, June 28–30, 2017.

  • Harris, Jesse A. & Katy Carlson. (2017) Association with focus for focus-sensitive particles: Differences between only and even in silent reading. LSA Annual Meeting, University of Austin, TX, January 5-8, 2017.

  • Harris, Jesse A. & Katy Carlson. Remnant seeks correlate for contrastive relationship. Locals preferred. Ellipsis across Borders, University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, June 20-21, 2016.

  • Harris, Jesse A. Commitment by proxy: Perspective management with transparent free relatives. Invited talk at the Generative Linguistics of the Old World (GLOW) Workshop on Perspectivization. University of Göttingen, Germany. April 8, 2016.

  • Carlson, Katy & Jesse A. Harris. When structure isn't enough: Discourse contrast in resolving focus-sensitive coordination. Talk with Katy Carlson at DETEC 2015: Discourse Expectations: Theoretical, Experimental, and Computational Perspectives, University of Alberta, Canada. June 17-19, 2015.

  • Carlson, Katy & Jesse A. Harris. Favoring a broad QUD in focus sensitive coordination. Talk at Grasping Ellipsis: its syntax, semantics, acquisition and processing, University of Campinas, Brazil. May 4-5, 2015.

  • Processing Preferences in Focus-Sensitive Coordination: Locality and Parallelism. Invited colloquium talk at University of California, San Diego, Department of Linguistics. April 13, 2015.

  • Processing Preferences in Focus-Sensitive Coordination: Locality and Parallelism. Keynote address at the 38th Annual Linguistics Spring Colloquium at the San Diego State University, Department of Linguistics. April 11, 2015.

  • Harris, Jesse A. & Katy Carlson. Preferences for focus particle placement: Two experiments. Talk at the 2nd Conference of the American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA). University of California, Los Angeles. October 17-19, 2014.

  • Harris, Jesse A. & Danielle Holstein. Biscuit conditionals as indirect offers. Talk at the 2nd Conference of the American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA). University of California, Los Angeles. October 17-19, 2014.

  • Carlson, Katy & Jesse A. Harris Adjective sprouting in much-less ellipsis. Talk at the 20th Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP). University of Edinburgh, Scotland. September 3-6, 2014.

  • Harris, Jesse A. Commitment by proxy. Invited talk at University of California, San Diego, Department of Linguistics; Semantics Babble group. June 6, 2014.

  • Harris, Jesse A. & Katy Carlson. The local contrast expectation in let alone coordination. Talk at 27th Annual CUNY Human Sentence Processing Conference. The Ohio State University. March 13-15, 2014.

  • Harris, Jesse A. Processing expectations for focus sensitive coordinations. Invited talk at University of Southern California, Department of Linguistics; Psycholinguistics group. November 22, 2013.

  • Harris, Jesse. A. Generating alternatives on demand: Processing sluices with d-linked remnants. Invited colloquium talk at University of California, Santa Cruz, Department of Linguistics. April 5, 2013.

  • Fishbein, Joel & Harris, Jesse A. Voltaire was More Easily Duped than Forged: Structural Cues in Processing Polysemy. Talk at Experimental Psycholinguistics Conference (ERP), Madrid, Spain. November 7-9, 2012.

  • Harris, Jesse A. Fast, cheap, but totally in control: Using Amazon's Mechanical Turk for Psycholinguistics Experiments. Invited tutorial at University of Southern California, Department of Linguistics. October 5, 2012.




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Posters

  • Harris, Jesse, A., Stephanie Rich, & Ian Rigby. Predictability and misperception: An eye movement and ex-Gaussian analysis. The 30th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Boston, MA, March 30–April 1, 2017.

  • Harris, Jesse, A., & Stephanie Rich. Predicted analyses linger: The case for structural prediction with either-or structures. Poster: Jesse Harris and Stephanie Rich. The 30th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Boston, MA, March 30–April 1, 2017.

  • Harris, Jesse A., John Gluckman, and Marju Kaps. Sloppy on the road to strict? Stereotypical gender and the interpretation of VP Ellipsis. The 30th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Boston, MA, March 30–April 1, 2017.

  • Harris, Jesse A. Semantic selectivity in the retrieval of sluiced sentences: An eye movement study. The 30th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Boston, MA, March 30–April 1, 2017.

  • Harris, Jesse A. Implicit prosody and thematic assignment in garden-path recovery. The 30th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Boston, MA, March 30–April 1, 2017.

  • Harris, Jesse A., Sun-Ah Jun, & Adam Royer. Implicit prosody pulls its weight: Recovery from garden path sentences. The 8th Meeting of the Speech Prosody International Conference, Boston, MA. May 31 – June 3, 2016.

  • Harris, Jesse A.,Sun-Ah Jun, & Adam Royer (2016). Implicit prosody pulls its weight: Recovery from garden path sentences. The 8th Meeting of the Speech Prosody International Conference, Boston, MA. May 31 – June 3, 2016.

  • Harris, Jesse A. & Natasha Korotkova. Preference for single events guides perception in Russian: A phoneme restoration study. Poster at The Events in Language and Cognition Workshop. Gainesville, Fl. March 2, 2016.

  • Harris, Jesse A. & Katy Carlson. Correlate not optional: PP sprouting in 'much less' ellipsis. Poster at the 29th Annual CUNY Human Sentence Processing Conference. Gainesville, Fl. March 3-5, 2016

  • Harris, Jesse A. Structure modulates similarity-based interference in sluicing: An eye movement study. Poster at the 28th Annual CUNY Human Sentence Processing Conference. University of Southern California. March 19-21, 2015.

  • Harris, Jesse A. & Katy Carlson. Focus particles in context: Support for the Broadest Focus Principle. Poster at the 28th Annual CUNY Human Sentence Processing Conference. University of Southern California. March 19-21, 2015.

  • Harris, Jesse A. & Katy Carlson. Focus marking isn't enough: The role of structural bias in focus-sensitive coordination. Poster at the 28th Annual CUNY Human Sentence Processing Conference. University of Southern California. March 19-21, 2015.

  • Harris, Jesse A. & Lindsey Meyer. Lexical decision in real time: A mouse tracking study. Poster with Lindsey Meyer at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Long Beach, CA. November 20-23, 2014.

  • Harris, Jesse A. & Katy Carlson. What was the question? Broad focus in focus-sensitive coordination. Poster at the 20th Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP). University of Edinburgh, Scotland. September 3-6, 2014.

  • Harris, Jesse A. & Katy Carlson. Focus preferences for focus-sensitive particles (and why). Poster at the 27th Annual CUNY Human Sentence Processing Conference. The Ohio State University. March 13-15, 2014.

  • Harris, Jesse A. Shifting viewpoints and discourse economy. Poster at the 27th Annual CUNY Human Sentence Processing Conference. The Ohio State University. March 13-15, 2014.

  • Fishbein, Joel & Harris, Jesse A. Figuring out Kafka: structural biases induce early sense commitment for metonyms. Poster at the 26th Annual CUNY Human Sentence Processing Conference. University of South Carolina. March 21-23, 2013.

  • Harris, Jesse A. The cost of unexpected contrast: processing `let alone'. Poster at the 26th Annual CUNY Human Sentence Processing Conference. University of South Carolina. March 21-23, 2013.

  • Harris, Jesse A. Discourse accessibility and structural bias: Processing d-linked phrases in sluices. Poster at the 26th Annual CUNY Human Sentence Processing Conference. University of South Carolina. March 21-23, 2013.

  • Fishbein, Joel & Harris, Jesse A. Using Structural Cues in Processing Polysemes. Poster at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA), Boston, MA. January 3-6, 2013.

  • Harris, Jesse A. Alternatives on demand: Processing d-linked phrases in sluice structures. Poster at Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP). Riva del Garda, Italy. September 6-8, 2012.




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