Broadly, I am a psycholinguist, and an experimental pragmaticist. I currently have three projects under way. The first explores local pragmatic anomalies--utterances that are difficult to incorporate in the context of our real world knowledge--using EEG, under direction of Tom Bever.
The project itself attempts to adjudicate current theories on local pragmatic anomalies, and whether or not their processing is automatic. I am currently revising the project in order that we can record ERPs to supplement our behavioural data. Many thanks to Vicky Lai for methodological guidance; I'm a member of her new lab.
Also in Dr. Lai's lab, I've have developed a project looking at the psycholinguistics of expressive content, which relates to my interests in implicature and the analysis of swearing as conventional implicature. I am teasing apart the various theoretical predictions of expressives specifically and secondary content generally. Robert Henderson has been a great help here, especially with integrating aspects of social meaning.
Simultaneously, along with labmate Leah Rice, we are also exploring processing differences in CPs and PPs and what this means for aspects of Phase Theory.
Coffee is great, and Tucson has a lot of quality roasteries (my fave lab equipment is our AeroPress). It's a great town for graduate students--you can cycle everywhere, and we have a really nice century ride every November. Sometimes, I go for runs along the 'river' path. I plan to take up rowing while I'm in Berlin, but we'll see if I'm coordinated enough.