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Linguistics Graduate Student Receives National Science Foundation Grant

Monday, April 8, 2019

Congratulations to Xiao Yang, who has just been award a National Science Foundation grant, "Doctoral Dissertation Research: Examining the linguistic cues that guide prediction in the processing of Mandarin relative clauses: An ERP study". Xiao also received a 2018 KU Doctoral Student Research Fund award for this project.

Xiao's project uses electroencephalography (EEG), a brain-imaging technique with millisecond-level timing resolution, to examine the linguistic cues that may facilitate the prediction of complex relative clause structures in Mandarin. This study also examines to what extent the ability to predict complex syntactic structures is modulated by individual differences in verbal and non-verbal cognitive abilities.

Xiao will work on this project together with Drs. Fiorentino, Gabriele and Minai here at KU, as well as with KU alumnus Dr. Steve Politzer-Ahles, who is an Assistant Professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The NSF grant will make it possible for Xiao to collect EEG data in Dr. Politzer-Ahles' lab in Hong Kong. The grant will also allow Xiao to hire an undergraduate student, who will gain hands-on experience in research on the cognitive neuroscience of language.

For more information on this grant, please see: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1844790&HistoricalAwards=false



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