Daphna Heller

Toronto Language Processing Lab

Our lab investigates the cognitive mechanisms that underlie people's ability to produce and understand language. We focus on research questions at the level of sentences, examining their meaning and structure, and how linguistic information is integrated with background information about other participants in the conversation and the physical world (technically, semantics, syntax and pragmatics). In many of our experiments, participants engage in game-like tasks with a partner, and we measure their linguistic behaviour as well as their eye movements.

The lab is located in Sid Smith 569A (ground floor, purple section). If you would like to participate in a study, email daphna[.]heller[@]utoronto[.]ca.

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Lab Members

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Daphna Heller
Daphna Heller

Principle Investigator

Kelly-Ann Blake
Kelly-Ann Blake

PhD student

Research Interests: Prediction in conversation, the influences involve in perspective-taking during language production, and the encoding of semantic information.

MA, 2018 Thesis: Properties of Relative and Absolute Adjectives and their Role in Language Production

Allyson Balaz

MA student

Breanna Pratley

MA student

Undergraduates

Bahareh Doroudiani

Bahareh Doroudiani

Alumni

Becky Tollan
Becky Tollan

PhD, 2019


Thesis: Cross-linguistic effects of subjecthood, case, and transitivity in syntax and sentence processing

Currently Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science, University of Delaware

Megan Parker
Megan Parker

MA, 2018

Thesis: Open doors and closed laptops: overspecifying state information in the production of referring expressions

Jida Jaffan
Jida Jaffan

MA, 2019

Thesis: Numeral before Noun except after Adjective: Assessing the validity of isomorphic structures and harmony preferences in explaining underlying word order preferences in the noun phrase

Danielle Moed
Danielle Moed

MA, 2019

Thesis: Is the pan without eggs the same as the empty pan? How types of modifiers affect choice of referring expression and memory

Recent Undergraduates
  • Kim Mina, BA
  • Rosie Webb, BA