Patricia Aziz

Mentor: Dr. Edith Kaan
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
 
"Conducting research as an undergraduate at the University of Florida has always been a goal of mine. After discovering my passion for linguistics, I decided to focus my efforts on research and expanding my knowledge in the field."

Major

Linguistics

Minor

Communication Studies

Research Interests

  • Neurolinguistics
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Bilingualism

Academic Awards

  • Dean's List 2014
  • University Scholars Program
  • Dean's List 2015

Organizations

  • Psycholinguistics Reading Group
  • Student Honors Organization

Volunteer

  • ELI Conversation Partner

Hobbies and Interests

  • Traveling
  • Painting
  • Gardening

Research Description

Prediction and Adjustment in Second-Language Sentence Processing
Research in psycholinguistics has shown that both native speakers and second-language learners implicitly make predictions during sentence comprehension and adjust to a language when their expectations are not met. However, previous studies have shown that native speakers of a language learn from prediction errors and adjust to a language at a faster rate than second-language learners. This study seeks to investigate prediction and adjustment in sentence processing in native speakers of English as well as second-language learners, with a focus on error-based implicit learning in second-language learners. This study will use a self-paced reading task to compare adjustment between native speakers of English and second-language learners, specifically with regard to wh- dependencies, and to determine whether adjustment is more prevalent with sentence structures that are easier to recover from after a mis-parse. Findings from this study can improve our understanding of the differences between native speakers and second-language learners in sentence processing as they pertain to teaching methods in the classroom.