Shravan Vasishth

Professor, Dept. of Linguistics, University of Potsdam, 14476 Potsdam, Germany
Speaker, Language Cluster, Cognitive Science
Phone: +49-(0)331-977-2950 | Fax: - 2087 | Email: vasishth at
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Current Issues in Sentence Comprehension (Summer Semesters, MM5 MSc, AM5 BSc programs)

Only MSc (Lingusitics, IECL, EMCL) and AM5 students can take this course for credit. Please do not email me asking to enter this course if you are not in these two groups.
Please see the PULS FAQs to find out how the sign-up system works (in German); for IECL and EMCL students I will have physical sign-up sheets.
We will read some of the recent literature on interference effects in sentence comprehension.
Times, location: Mondays 10:15-11:45AM, II.14.009 (Golm, Haus 14, room 09).
Prerequisities: Some background in linguistics (especially syntax) is necessary.
Readings: See moodle website here.
Schedule: The question marks will be replaced by the names of the MSc students who will present the work.
Lecture Topic Reading Presenter
(1) Apr 11 Introductory lecture 1/2 Shravan
(2) Apr 18 Introductory lecture 2/2 Shravan
(3) Apr 25 General overview Van Dyke and Johns 2012 Camilo R
(4) May 2 Working memory and sentence comprehension King and Just 1991 Nora K
(5) May 9 Dual tasks and sentence comprehension Fedorenko et al 2006 Johannes S
(6) May 16 NO CLASS (Pentecost Monday) - -
(7)May 23 Van Dyke's theory 1/6 Van Dyke and Lewis 2003 Mareike P
(8) May 30 First class project for AM5 Shravan
(9) June 6 Van Dyke's theory 2/6 and Wells et al 2009 Van Dyke and McElree 2006, Wells et al 2009 Michaela S, Eugene
(10) June 13 Van Dyke's theory 3/6 and Berman et al 2009 Van Dyke 2007, Berman et al 2009 Alexandra L, Nina
(11) June 20 Van Dyke's theory 4/6 and Oberauer et al 2008 Van Dyke 2011, Oberauer et al 2008 Caitlin S, Emma
(12) June 27 Individual differences 5/6 and Oberauer et al 2013 Kuperman et al 2011 Oberauer et al 2013 Patricia W, Marie V
(13)July 4 Individual differences 6/6 and Oberauer et al 2014 Van Dyke et al 2014 Marc H, Daniela
(14) July 11 Dillon et al 2013 none Carla B
(15) July 18 Second class project for AM5 none Shravan

Grading: The final grade for MSc students is based on their presentations (70 percent) and class participation (30 percent). The AM5 students' grade is based on their performance in the two class projects (70 percent, 35 percent each) and on class participation (30 percent). Class participation means making good comments or asking good questions in the discussions that happen in class; you only need to do this minimally two or three times during the course (I don't expect that everyone will participate in every class). The class projects for AM5 students will be 30 minute tasks that will be done individually during the class; I will present you with a scientific question, and you will have to design an experiment to address that question. I will assume that you know the literature that we have discussed in the class before the class project is carried out.