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Dr Loes Koring

BA UU, MA UU, PhD UU.

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

Office : 32-D966
Phone : +1 617 253 9373
email : koring@mit.edu

External Address

Department of Linguistics and Philosophy
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Profile

My research is in syntax, semantics and its acquisition and processing. I use experiments (such as the Visual World Paradigm, self-paced reading, but also off-line techniques) to get a better understanding of the structure of language and how our brain processes these structures.

Projects I’ve been working on include:
- The syntax and semantics of evidential raising verbs
- Ordering restrictions in the functional domain
- The acquisition of evidentiality
- Processing of unaccusative verbs in both adults and children (or more in general: measuring reactivation effects)

More current projects:
- the syntax of passives and its acquisition
- definiteness in relation to idiomatic phrases
- (the semantics of) evidentiality, perspective-shifting
- processing argument structure and in particular, how we can measure this.

Awards

  • Scuola Normale Superiore and University of Pisa Interdisciplinary Workshop on Verbs Award for Best Talk by a Young Researcher (2010), Koring, L. [Link]

Recent Grants Awarded

  • Macquarie University Strategic Infrastructure Scheme Grant (2016) "Future proofing Macquarie’s Speech Perception Laboratory." Benders, T., Demuth, K., Cox, F., Sharma, M., Tsukuda, K., Proctor, M., Szakay, A., Yuen, I., Xu, N., Schmidt, E., Koring, L., Ma, W., & Kung, C. ($136,000)
  • Utrecht University Travel Grant (2012) "The evidential semantics of raising verbs." Koring, L. ($2,000)
  • Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) Top talent Graduate Research Fellowship (2007 - 2012) “Development and Impairment to Phases”. Koring, L. ($240,000)

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • Reuland, E., Koring, L., & Mak, P. (2015). Issues in interpretation: From structure to process. In E.I. Riekhakainen & N.A. Slepokurova (Eds.), To the 150th Anniversary of the Department of General Linguistics of the St. Petersburg State University - A Compilation of Articles (pp. 224-237). St. Petersburg: Faculty of Philology of St. Petersburg State Unive.
  • Koring, L. (2009). Binding in Down's Syndrome. In P. Coopmans, M. Everaert & M. Marelj (Eds.), Promoting Systems Interface. Utrecht: Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS.

Periodicals

  • Crain, S., Koring, L., & Thornton, R. (2017). Language acquisition from a biolinguistic perspective. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2017.09.011
  • Koring, L., & De Mulder, H. (2015). Understanding different sources of information: The acquisition of evidentiality. Journal of Child Language, 42(5), 947-968. doi:10.1017/S030500091400052X
  • Koring, L. (2012). Don’t shoot the messenger: How subjectivity affects distributional properties. Lingua, 122(8), 874–890. doi:10.1016/j.lingua.2012.02.008
  • Koring, L., Mak, P., & Reuland, E. (2012). The time course of argument reactivation revealed: Using the visual world paradigm. Cognition, 123(3), 361-379. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2012.02.011

Published Conference Proceedings

  • Koring, L., Mak, P., & Reuland, E. (2014). Children’s representation of unaccusatives. In W. Orman & M.J. Valleau (Eds.), Proceedings of 38th Boston University Conference on Language Development 38 (BUCLD) (pp. 240–252). Somerville: Cascadilla Press.
  • Koring, L., & Wexler, K. (2009). Children's Late Acquisition of Dutch Raising-Verbs. In Y. Otsu (Ed.), The Proceedings of the Tenth Tokyo Conference of Psycholinguistics (pp. 143-166). Tokyo: Hituzi Syobo Publishing.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Koring, L. (2017, June). A good enough representation is not good enough. Paper presented at the Experimental Psycholinguistics Conference, Minorca, Spain.
  • Koring, L. (2017, June). The effect of structural position on argument-verb integration. Colloquium at the Experimental Syntax and Heritage Languages Research Unit, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
  • Koring, L., & Thornton, R. (2017, June). Roots inform (children about) syntactic projection. Poster session presented at the Roots V Workshop, Queen Mary, University of London, UK.
  • Koring, L. (2017, March). Looking for structure in strings. Colloquium at the Acquisition Lab Meeting, University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA.
  • Koring, L. (2016, December). Processing reflexes of underlying structure. Colloquium at the Language and Cognition Seminar, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA.
  • Koring, L. (2016, May). How many ways are there to process a sentence? Paper presented at the CCD Developing Mind Series: Developmental Perspectives on Language Processing Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Koring, L. (2015, September). Children’s different way of forming a passive. Paper presented at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE), Leiden University, The Netherlands.
  • Koring, L. (2015, September). Definiteness as a trigger of idiomaticity. Paper presented at the ICLC-13 The 13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.
  • Koring, L., Mak, P., Mulders, I., & Reuland, E. (2015, September). Interfering causes in acquisition. Paper presented at the 12th Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (GALA 12), Nantes, France.
  • Koring, L., Sangers, N., & Wexler, K. (2015, September). Who is the agent when it is left implicit? Paper presented at the 12th Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (GALA 12), Nantes, France.
  • Koring, L. (2014, November). A visual signature of computation. Colloquium at the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy Ling-Lunch, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA.
  • Koring, L. (2014, November). The semantics and acquisition of non-embedding reportatives. Colloquium at the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy Syntax-Semantics Reading Group (LFRG), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA.
  • Koring, L. (2014, August). Verb type determines when the subject is reactivated: Evidence from eye movements. Paper presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Koring, L. (2014, July). Evidentials and their embeddability. Paper presented at the "What happened to principles and parameters?" Workshop, Arezzo, Italy.
  • Koring, L. (2013, November). Argument reactivation within eye-shot: Measuring on-line processing of intransitive verbs with the eye-tracker. Colloquium at the Seminar Series, University College London, London, UK.
  • Koring, L., Reuland, E., & Mak, P. (2013, November). What pirate stories reveal about children’s representation of unaccusatives. Paper presented at the The 38th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD), Boston, USA.
  • Koring, L., Reuland, E., & Mak, P. (2013, June). Children’s on-line processing of unaccusative verbs. Paper presented at the Child Language Seminar, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.
  • Koring, L., Reuland, E., & Mak, P. (2013, March). How children process intransitive verbs. Poster session presented at the 11th International Symposium for Psycholinguistics, Tenerife, Spain.
  • Koring, L. (2013, February). Processing evidential raising verbs. Paper presented at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of the Netherlands, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
  • Koring, L. (2012, June). Evidentials as PPIs. Paper presented at the The Nature of Evidentiality Workshop, Leiden, The Netherlands.
  • Koring, L. (2012, May). The on-line processing of unaccusative and unergative verbs: Evidence from the visual world paradigm. Colloquium at the UCLA Psycholinguistics seminar: "Psychobabble", Los Angeles, USA.
  • Koring, L. (2012, April). Acquiring verbs with an evidential semantics. Colloquium at the "Acquisition of Semantics" seminar, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA.
  • Koring, L., & De Mulder, H. (2011, November). The relation between linguistic and conceptual development: Acquiring evidentiality. Poster session presented at the 36th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development , Boston, USA.
  • Koring, L., & De Mulder, H. (2011, September). Studying raising from a broader perspective: The language-cognition interface. Paper presented at the Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (GALA 2011), Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • Koring, L. (2011, June). How subjectivity affects the distributional properties of raising-verbs. Colloquium at the Optimal Communication Colloquium (OCC), Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
  • Koring, L., & De Mulder, H. (2010, December). Where language meets thought: Developing a way to express source of information. Paper presented at the On Linguistic Interfaces II Workshop, Belfast, UK.
  • Koring, L., & Mak, P. (2010, November). Subject reactivation depends on the syntactic position of the argument: Evidence from eye movements. Paper presented at the Interdisciplinary Workshop on Verbs, Pisa, Italy.
  • Koring, L., & De Mulder, H. (2010, June). The acquisition of evidential markers in Dutch. Paper presented at the The 4th International Conference on Language, Culture and Mind (LCM 4), Turku, Finland.
  • Koring, L, & Mak, P. (2010, March). Verb type determines when the subject is reactivated: Evidence from eye movements. Poster session presented at the CUNY Conference on human sentence processing, New York, USA.

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