2021

March: Anna Papafragou will give a talk as part of the Harold Schlosberg Colloquium in the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences at Brown University.

January: Anna Papafragou will give a talk as part of the Colloquium series in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Chicago.

2020

October: Anna Papafragou is the new Director of Penn's Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Language and Communication Sciences!

September: Our lab will present a talk and a poster at the 45th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Our talk is titled "Pragmatic effects on the learnability of evidentiality systems" (Saratsli, D. & A. Papafragou), and our poster is  on "Social cognition and pragmatic inference in word learning" (Qi, Z., D. Saratsli, & A. Papafragou).

September: Our lab will present 1 talk and 3 posters at the conference on Experiments in Linguistic Meaning hosted by the University of Pennsylvania. Our talk is titled "Unable or unwilling? Being under-informative is interpreted differently for native and non-native speakers" (Fairchild, S., A. Mathis, & A. Papafragou). We will also present "Agents' goals affect placement of event endpoints" (Mathis, A. & A. Papafragou), "The role of executive function and theory of mind in pragmatic computations" (Fairchild, S. & A. Papafragou), and "Expressing the unseen: Learning to encode inference as an information source" (Saratsli, D. & A. Papafragou) as posters.

September: Anna Papafragou and Florian Schwarz co-organized the first Experiments in Linguistic Meaning (ELM) conference that was hosted virtually by the University of Pennsylvania, September 16-18, 2020. The conference is dedicated to the experimental study of linguistic meaning broadly construed, with a focus on theoretical issues in semantics and pragmatics, their interplay with other components of the grammar, their relation to language processing and acquisition, as well as their connections to human cognition and computation. ELM aims to include representation of linguistic, psychological, logical, philosophical, social, developmental, computational, as well as cross-linguistic and cross-cultural perspectives. The ELM schedule can be found here. Proceedings from ELM will be available from the Linguistic Society of America as an open-access publication.  

August: Postdoc Andrea Beltrama discussed the "Pandemic lexicon" in an interview for Penn Today.

July: Lab member Ariel Mathis gave a talk titled, "Intentionality Effects on Event Boundaries" at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. 

May: Yue Ji successfully defended her dissertation, titled "The Internal Temporal Structure of Events in Language and Cognition". She will go on to a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor at the Beijing Institute of Technology, School of Foreign Languages. Congratulations, Yue!

May: Undergraduate student Ebony Goldman received a Spring 2020 MindCORE Grant for Undergraduate Online Research studies.

May: Undergraduate student Ebony Gold was accepted to the Lila R. Gleitman Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program in Interdisciplinary Mind and Brain Studies.

April: Anna Papafragou was scheduled to give a talk during the Harold Schlosberg Colloquium in the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences at Brown University. The Colloquium was rescheduled

March: Our lab presented 1 talk and 3 posters at at the 33rd Annual CUNY Human Sentence Processing conference held virtually. Our talk was titled "The role of executive function and theory of mind in pragmatic computations" (Fairchild, S., & A. Papafragou). We also presented "Pragmatics and event structure: A closer look at their interaction in language production" (Do, M., A. Papafragou, & J. Trueswell), "Agents’ goals affect placement of event endpoints" (Mathis, A., & A. Papafragou), and "Unable or unwilling? Being under-informative is interpreted differently for native and non-native speakers" (Fairchild, S., A. Mathis, & A. Papafragou).

February: Graduate student Dionysia Saratsli was awarded a Graduate Grant 2019 by Gorilla -  an online experimental platform specifically geared for the behavioral sciences (www.gorilla.sc). The grant will support a study that is running in collaboration with Dr. Zhenghan Qi from the The Language Acquisition and Brain Lab at the University of Delaware (https://sites.udel.edu/q-lab/). The study explores the role of social cognition in word learning. Dionysia is one of only 26 winners worldwide (https://gorilla.sc/grants/winners2019). 

January: Graduate student Alyssa Kampa was selected as a finalist to compete in the Five-minute Linguist Competition, which was held as a plenary event at the Linguistic Society of America's 2020 Annual Meeting. 

January: Graduate students Yue Ji and Alyssa Kampa presented their work at the Linguistic Society of America 2020 Annual Meeting. 

January: Anna Papafragou was elected a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS). Fellow status is awarded to APS members “who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology”.

2019

December: Anna Papafragou gave a talk during the Workshop on motion verbs at the University of Athens in Greece.

December: Graduate student Dionysia Saratsli was awarded the Gerondelis Foundation Scholarship.

November: Graduate students Yue Ji and Alyssa Kampa was presented their work at the 44th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development.  Alyssa has received a Paula Menyuk Travel Award to attend.

September: Anna Papafragou gave a talk during the Workshop on Endless Possibilities: The Development of Possibility and Necessity in Cognition, Language, and Society at the University of Maryland.

September: Anna Papafragou gave a talk at the Cognitive Science Colloquium at the University of Maryland.

July: Graduate students Yue Ji, Alyssa Kampa, Catherine Richards, and Dionysia Saratsli presented their work at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society in Montreal. 

July: Anna Papafragou joined University of Pennsylvania's Department of Linguistics.

June: Graduate student, Dionysia Saratsli completed a Linguist Internship at Google LLC during the summer.

May: Anna Papafragou led a 3-lecture workshop at Queen Mary University of London.

May: Anna Papafragou gave a talk at the Department of Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London.

May: Anna Papafragou gave a talk at the 12th Annual Meeting of Concepts, Actions, and Objects: Functional and Neural Perspectives in Rovereto, Italy.

April: Anna Papafragou gave a talk at the Integrated Science and Technology Seminar at the University of Pennsylvania.

April: Graduate students Yue Ji, Alyssa Kampa and Dionysia Saratsli presented their work at the 8th meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Colloquium of Studies in Meaning. 

March: Graduate students Alyssa Kampa and Dionysia Saratsli presented their work at the 2019 Biennial Meeting for the Society for Research in Child Development in Baltimore, MD.  Alyssa received an SRCD Graduate Student Travel Award to attend.

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