Centre for Behaviour and Evolution

Staff Profile

Dr Lauren Ackerman

Research Associate


PhD, Northwestern University: Influences on Parsing Ambiguity

MA, Northwestern University: How the prosody of center-embedded sentences relates to their structure

BA, Boston University: The effect of linguistic environment on vowels sung at high pitches


My research examines how the real-time representation of syntactic structure is influenced by (at least two) sources of information. Those two sources are: (1) prosody, and in particular, prosodic boundaries that are typically associated with syntactic clause boundaries; and (2) observed, deduced, or assumed information about the gender of human referents in the sentence, in particular exploring variation associated with the comprehender’s (reader’s or listener’s) exposure to and experience with people who are of a nonbinary gender.