Department of Linguistics University of Kansas
I am a PhD student in Linguistics department at the University of Kansas. My research focuses on how the mind and the brain process language at word, sentence and discourse levels, and how the parser rapidly and incrementally uses subtle linguistic information to construct complex meanings. My research also explores the variability among native speakers, comprehensively examining a range of individual abilities that subserve language processing. My dissertation will examine the extent to which the parser can anticipate Mandarin relative clauses by utilizing local linguistic cues, and whether the predictive processing is modulated by individual differences in cognitive and linguistic variabilities.
My work implements a variety of experimental techniques, including offline judgment, eye tracking, and EEG (electroencephalography). I am experienced in experiment building, data collection and data analysis involved in these techniques, working with the Neurolinguistics and Language Processing Lab and the Developmental Psycholinguistics Lab at KU.
Yang, X., Minai, U., & Fiorentino, R. (2018). Context-sensitivity and Individual Differences in the Derivation of Scalar Implicature. Frontiers in Psychology, 9:1720. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01720.
Covey, L., Coughlin, C. E., Yang, X., Johnson, A., Siew, C. S. Q., Martinez-Garcia, M. T., & Fiorentino, R. (in prep). An ERP investigation of the role of prediction and individual differences in semantic priming.
Chien, Y.-F., Fiorentino, R., Yang, X., & Sereno, J. (2016). Surface phonetic or underlying phonological representations: A mismatch negativity study of Mandarin tone assimilation. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 140(4), pp. 3224-3225.
Yang, X. (2018, April). The Role of Context and Individual Differences in Scalar Implicature Derivation. Talk at KU Linguistics Colloquy series, University of Kansas. Lawrence, KS.
Yang, X. (2018, January). The Role of Question Under Discussion and Individual Differences in Scalar Implicature (Yujing he geti chayi zai dengji hanyi zhong de zuoyong). Talk at the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Fudan University. Shanghai, China.
Covey, L., Girolamo, T., Siew, C., Weyers, I., Yang, X., Vogt-Woodin, A., Coughlin, C., & Minai, U. (2017, November). Examining the role of pragmatics during children's comprehension of 'only': An eye-tracking study. Poster presented at 40th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Boston, MA.
Yang, X., Fiorentino, R., & Minai, U. (2017, September). The role of individual differences in the context-dependent interpretation of 'some'. Poster presented at the KU Linguistics 50th Anniversary Reception. Lawrence, KS.
Yang, X., Fiorentino, R., & Minai, U. (2017, April). Context-dependent meaning computation: The role of Question Under Discussion and individual differences in scalar implicature. Talk at the KU Child Language Proseminar. Lawrence, KS.
Yang, X., Fiorentino, R., & Minai, U. (2017, March). The role of individual differences in the context-dependent interpretation of 'some'. Poster presented at the 30th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing. Cambridge, MA. [pdf]
Chien, Y-F., Fiorentino, R., Yang, X., & Sereno, J. (2016, December). Surface phonetic or underlying phonological representations: A mismatch negativity study of Mandarin tone assimilation. Poster presentation at the 5th Joint Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and Acoustical Society of Japan. Honolulu, HI.
Covey, L., & Yang, X. (2016, October). An EEG investigation of the role of prediction and individual differences in word-pair semantic priming. Talk at 2016 KU Cognitive Brain Science Brownbag Talk series. Lawrence, KS.
Yang, X. (2016, March). An EEG investigation of the role of prediction and individual differences in word-pair semantic priming. Talk at 2016 KU Graduate Research Competition. Lawrence, KS.
Covey, L., Coughlin, C., Martinez-Garcia, M., Johnson, A., Yang, Xiao, Siew, C., Major, T., & , R. (2015, October). An ERP investigation of the role of prediction and individual differences in semantic priming. Poster presented at 7th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language. Chicago, IL.
Yang, X. (2013, March). Chinese ESL learners' perception and acquisition of scalar implicature: A survey. Presentation at the 8th Purdue Linguistics Association Annual Student Symposium. West Lafayette, IN.
|2017 - 18||Instructor, Department of Linguistics, University of Kansas|
|Summer 2018: LING110 Language and Mind|
|Summer 2017: LING106 Introductory Linguistics|
|2015 - 18||Guest Lecturer, Department of Linguistics, University of Kansas|
|LING738 / 742 Neurolinguistics I / II|
|LING106 Introductory Linguistics|
|LING420 Capstone: Research in Language Science|
|2014 - 18||Teaching Assistant, Department of Linguistics, University of Kansas|
|LING106 Introductory Linguistics|
|2017||Research Consultant, Center for Undergraduate Research, University of Kansas|
|Assisting undergraduate students conducting hands-on research for capstone projects (for LING420) and incorporating research components into the curriculum|
|2015 - 16||Chinese Drill Instructor, East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Kansas|
|CHIN204 / 206 Chinese Level II|
|2013||Teaching Assistant, Linguistics Program, Purdue University|
|LING521 English Syntax and Syntactic Theory (Grad-level)|
|2012 - 14||Research Assistant, Purdue Libraries, Purdue University|
|Information Literacy project (PI: Dr. Clarence Maybee)|
Qualtrics is a convenient tool for doing simple web experiments and norming studies, but since it's geared towards business surveys Qualtrics doesn't have lots of experiment-friendly features (e.g., batch-copy stimuli list, set up conditions, etc.). This means that putting your 80+ sentences into a Qualtrics survey entails a lot of tedious copying / pasting / mouse clicking / coffee drinking... you get it. So I did this little coding project to batch upload stimuli into Qualtrics and I hope it makes your life a bit easier!
Currently, the codes can handle multiple choice-type surveys (e.g., rating, grammaticality judgment, choose pronoun referent, etc.) and text entry surveys (e.g., sentence completion, open-ended answers, etc).
Also see Qualtrics' guide to batch import surveys: Import and export surveys. For more fine-grained web experiments, check out PennController, an online experiment tool developed for psycholinguistic studies.
Awards and Scholarships
Frances Ingemann Dissertation Fellowship (2018), KU Linguistics
Graduate Teaching Award (2018), KU Linguistics
Student Travel Award (2017), CUNY Conference on Sentence Processing
Frances Ingemann Linguistics Scholarship (2017), KU Linguistics
Certificate of Excellence (2013), Purdue Office of Interdisciplinary Program
Outstanding Undergraduate Award (2012), Shanghai Ministry of Education,
National Scholarhip (2009), China Ministry of Education
CASIO Scholarship (2009), Shanghai Interntational Studies University
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