Having received a generous grant from FNP we are now in the process of purchasing all necessary equipment for an EEG Lab, including a BrainAmp DC 32.
In April 2011, we have run a Self-Paced Reading experiment (designed by Patrycja Jabłońska and Svetoslav Marinov) with participants recruited from our faculty. The experiment compared processing of three different verbal forms of Polish (finite verb vs. nominalization vs. adverbial participle). The results of the experiment have been presented at the workshop JeNom-4 at the University of Stuttgart and at the Postdoctoral course at the University of Utrecht. The manuscript summarizing the results of this behavioral study and providing a theoretical discussion of the question of the position of adverbial participles among the traditional parts of speech has been prepared. See Jabłońska, P. (to appear). “Morphological and experimental evidence for category distinctions in Polish.” In: Giordachioaia, G., K. Takamine and I. Roy (eds.), Categorization and Category Change. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
As of January 2012, we have started recording our very first EEG experiments concerning morphological and aspectual violations in non-finite clauses. Stay tuned for the results.
Ireneusz Kuboń has joined our team. He is our wonderful lab technician.
Our first EEG experiment concerning morphological and aspectual violations in non-finite (adverbial participial) clauses is almost completed. More precisely, in this study we provide experimental evidence on aspectual coercion using Event Related Potentials – a technique with an excellent temporal resolution, which allows for online monitoring of the cerebral electrical activity The nature of aspectual coercion, in spite of numerous accounts and intensive discussion in the literature, remains a point of contention. For this reason it is particularly interesting to investigate the phenomenon of aspectual coercion in Polish – a language in which verbs are morphologically marked for different aspectual notions like semelfactivity, perfectivity, etc. In our study, we compare two different types of potential ‘coercion’ in Polish: (a) discourse aspectual coercion, where the perfective (achievement) verb in the participial non-finite clause requires a reanalysis of the main imperfective (activity) verb as punctual as well (e.g., inceptive), the operation being necessary due to the fact that the adverbial participle must anchor its culmination point tn as preceding the inception point of the eventuality expressed in the main clause (tn < tm); and (b) (the absence of) word-internal aspectual coercion where the selectional requirements of the participial suffix (imperfective verb for simultaneous participle in-ąc) are violated. The behavioral and neurophysiological results of our study, embedded in the theoretical discussion on aspectual coercion are going to be presented at the Experimental Psycholinguistics Conference (ERP) in Madrid, November 7-9, 2012. We hope that our study can make a significant contribution to a better understanding of the nature of this phenomenon.
In November 2012, we started working on recording our second EEG experiment concerning the question of the nature of the complement selection by the so-called “future auxiliary” in Polish. More precisely, is the fact that the future auxiliary in Polish only selects for imperfective verbal complements (in form of an infinitive or an l-participle) a purely morphological or a purely semantic phenomenon? Or does a violation of this selectional requirement rather display a combined morpho-semantic effect? Stay tuned for the results.
In December 2012, we started working on our third EEG experiment concerning the question of the categorical status of adverbial participles, the so-called converbs. In the planned experiment, converbs will be compared with full-fledged clauses with finite verbs on the one hand and with nominalizations (the so-called nomina deverbalia) on the other hand. This ERP study is thus designed to complement our earlier behavioral study (the SPR-experiment) conducted in April 2011. Stay tuned for the results.
We submitted the results from our ERP study on aspectual coercion in converbial contexts in Polish to a volume on Psycholinguistics (ed. L. Escobar and V. Torrens). Here is the link to a prefianl version/manuscript of this paper.
We started recording our EEG experiment concerning the question of the nature of the complement selection by the so-called “future auxiliary” in Polish. Stay tuned for the results.
We started recording our EEG experiment concerning the question of the categorical status of adverbial participles (converbs) in Polish. Stay tuned for the results.