Our work focuses
on how people turn thoughts into speech. There are
three questions behind much of the research. One is
how the features of ideas affect language forms. A
prospective graduate student might say either "The
application took forever to fill out" or "It took
forever to fill out the application". What determines
which kind of sentence is used? A second question has
to do with the cognitive processes that control how
words are arranged. Speakers begin with ideas or
scenes whose components may be present to the eye --
or the mind's eye -- all at once. But the words to
communicate these mental pictures have to be spoken
one at a time. If a mental picture is worth a thousand
words, I ask: Which words? In what order? How does the
speaker manage the flow of information? A third issue
in my research involves what goes wrong when speakers
make errors in selecting or arranging words. If you
say "I have a room in my phone" when you mean "I have
a phone in my room", what slipped? And why? The
answers to these questions draw on theories about
language and about cognitive processes, and emerge
from new experimental techniques for examining
-- Kathryn Bock
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Members of the
Language Production Lab (left to right): (top row):
Scott Fraundorf, Gary Dell, Ben Carter, Jeet Raut,
Emily Patzelt, Javier Ospina, Gary Oppenheim, (middle
row): Alison Trude, Tuan Lam, Kristen Tooley, Laurel
Brehm (bottom row): Jeremy Boyd, Amanda Moncada,
Audrey Kittredge, Bonnie Nozari, and Kathryn Bock.
Can you spot the five prairie chickens??
Members of Dr.
Kathryn Bocks' Research Team (left to right): (top
row): Tuan Lam, Kristen Tooley, Amanda Moncada,
(middle row): Ben Carter, Javier Ospina, Laurel
Brehm, Emily Patzelt (bottom row): Kathryn Bock,
Linda Salgado, and our Lab Mascot.
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