Vision 展望

Understanding and speaking our native language seem effortless, but they actually involves complex, mostly unconscious cognitive processes. One of such cognitive processes is parsing in understanding and generation in speaking, the process of building mental representations of sentence structures necessary for systematic interpretation and grammatical production. Historically, parsing and generation are studied largely independently in psycholinguistics, perhaps because they look superficially distinct. For instance, some aphasics can comprehend but not speak grammatically complex sentences. As a consequence psycholinguists have two largely unrelated models of structural processes in comprehension and production. My research aims to unify them. This attempt has led me to study various aspects of cognition, including syntactic and semantic processes, prediction, planning, long-term memory, working memory, using multiple languages (English, Japanese) and methodologies (EEG, novel and existing behavioral methods).

Why care? This is the question that in my opinion should be asked for every single research question in science. Here is my stab.

Publications 論文一覧

Momma, S., & Ferreira, S. V. (submitted). Non-sequential lexical planning in sentence production. Submitted to Journal of Memory and Language.

Matchin, W. & Momma, S. (submitted). An incremental approach to islands.

Momma, S., & Phillips, C. (2018). The relationship between parsing and generation. Annual Review of Linguistics. Waiting assignment to an issue.

Momma, S., Slevc, L. R., & Phillips, C. (2017). Unaccusativity in sentence production. Linguistic Inquiry. Waiting assignment to an issue.

Chow, W-Y., Momma, S., Smith, C., Lau, E. & Phillips, C. (2016). Prediction as Memory Retrieval: Timing and Mechanisms. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 31, 617-627.

Chacón, A. D., Momma, S., & Phillips, C. (2015). Linguistic representations and memory architectures: The devil is in the details. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 39 (68).

Momma, S., Slevc, L. R., & Phillips, C. (2015). The timing of verb planning in Japanese sentence production. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 42, pp. 813-824.

Momma, S., Slevc, L. R., & Phillips, C. (2014). The timing of verb retrieval in English passive and active sentences. Proceedings of Mental Architecture for Processing and Learning of Language 2014.

Momma, S., Sakai, H., & Phillips, C. (in prep). Give me several hundred more milliseconds: Temporal dynamics of verb prediction in Japanese.

Momma, S., Slevc, L. R., Buffinton, J. & Phillips, C. (in prep). Grammatical category limits lexical selection in language production.

Momma, S., Luo, Y., Sakai, H., & Phillips, C. (in prep). Prediction as syntactically-constrained memory retrieval: Evidence from EEG.

Momma, S., Kraut, B., Slevc., L. R., Phillips, C. (in prep). Timing of syntactic and lexical priming reveals structure-building mechanisms in production.

Conference Presentations 学会発表一覧

Wittenberg, E., Momma, S., Skipper, J. & Kaiser, E. (2017). Complexity matters only when it matters: Pronominal object and event reference rapidly access different aspects of situation models. Talk to be given at the Architectures & Mechanisms for Language Processing 2017.

Momma, S., Bowen, Y., Ferreira, V. (2017). Non-linear lexical planning in sentence production. Talk given at the 30th annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Cambridge, MA. March 30-April 1.

Momma, S., Kraut, R., Slevc, L. R., Phillips, C. (2017). Timing of syntactic and lexical priming reveals structure-building mechanisms in production. Poster presented at the 30th annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Cambridge, MA. March 30-April 1.

Schlueter, Z., Momma, S., Lau, E. (2017). No grammatical illusion with L2-specific memory retrieval cues in agreement processing. Poster presented at the 30th annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Cambridge, MA. March 30-April 1.

Schlueter, Z., Momma, S., Lau, E. (2016). Grammatical knowledge without native-like processing routines: Subject-verb agreement in Chinese L2 learners of English. Talk given at the 35th Second Language Research Forum, New York, NY. September 23-24.

Momma, S., Sakai, H., Luo, Y. & Phillips, C. (2016). Lexical predictions and the structure of semantic memory: EEG evidence from case changes. Talk given at the 29th annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Gainesville, FL. March 3-5.

Momma, S., Slevc, L, R., & Phillips, C. (2016). Split intransitivity modulates look-ahead effects in sentence planning. Poster presented at the 29th annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Gainesville, FL. March 3-5.

Momma, S., Slevc, L. R., Buffinton, J. & Phillips, C. (2016). Similar words compete, but only when they’re from the same category. Poster presented at the 29th annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Gainesville, FL. March 3-5.

Momma, S., Slevc, L. R., Buffinton, J. & Phillips, C. (2016). Grammatical category limits lexical selection in language production. Talk given at the 90th annual meeting of Linguistic Society of America, Washington, DC. January 7-10.

Momma, S., Slevc, L. R., & Phillips, C. (2015). A grammatically conditioned semantic interference effect in a sentence-picture interference study. Poster presented at Architectures & Mechanisms for Language Processing 2015, Velletta, Malta. September 3-5.

Slevc, R., & Momma, S. (2015). Noisy evidence and plausibility influence structural priming. Poster presented at Architectures & Mechanisms for Language Processing 2015, Velletta, Malta. September 3-5.

Momma, S., Sakai, H., & Phillips, C. (2015). Give me several hundred more milliseconds: the temporal dynamics of verb prediction. Talk presented at the 28th annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Los Angeles, CA. March 19-21.

Momma, S., Slevc, L. R., & Phillips, C. (2015). The timing of verb planning in active and passive sentence production. Poster presented at the 28th annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Los Angeles, CA. March 19-21.

Momma, S., & Phillips, C. (2014). Looking ahead to verbs in comprehension and production. Poster presented at Gradient Symbolic Computation Workshop, Baltimore, MD. November 14-15.

Momma, S., Slevc, L. R., & Phillips, C. (2014). The timing of verb retrieval in English passive and active sentences. Talk given at Mental Architecture for Processing and Learning of Language, Tokyo, Japan. August 12-13.

Momma, S., Slevc, L. R., & Phillips, C. (2014). The effect of syntactic category on advance planning in sentence production. Poster presented at the 27th annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Columbus, OH. March 13-15.

Momma, S., Slevc, L. R., & Phillips, C. (2013). Advance selection of verbs in head-final language production. Poster presented at the 26th annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Columbia, SC. March 21-23.

Invited Talks 招待講演

Aligning parsing and generation. (2017). Talk given at Stanford University.

Aligning parsing and generation. (2017). Talk given at University of California, Santa Cruz.

Are head-final languages really awful? (2016). Talk given at Tohoku University seminar in psycholinguistics.

Are head-final languages really awful? (2016). Talk given at MiCS (Michinoku Communication Science Seminar) at Tohoku University.

Aligning generation and parsing. (2016). Talk given at the international workshop on language production, La Jolla, California. July 27.

Are head-final languages awful? (2016). Talk given at the Sprocet (sentence processing lab meeting at Northwestern University), Evanston, Illinois. March 10.

Fast and Slow Linguistic Prediction. (2016). Talk given at Masaya Yoshida’s lab meeting at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. March 9.

Fast and Slow Linguistic Prediction. (2015). Talk given at the Waseda University 1st BLIT Colloquium, Tokyo, Japan. July 28.

Incrementality and Advance Planning in Sentence Production. (2015). Talk given at the Hiroshima University 91st Kagamiyama Language Science Colloquium, Hiroshima, Japan. July 17.