Torrey Cranston

Mentor: Dr. Edith Kaan
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
 
When I found the major that was right for me, something I was intensely interested in, I asked the teacher of an intro class what I could do to learn more about linguistics, besides just taking classes. He directed me towards research and helped me get involved with working in a lab. It's been great to see how research is done firsthand, which led me to being able to do my own study, now."

Major

Linguistics

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Psycholinguistics
  • Language Acquisition
  • Linguistic Anthropology

Academic Awards

  • Dean's List 2013-present
  • Florida Academic Scholar 2013-present
  • Associate of Arts Degree 2014
  • University Scholars Program 2016

Organizations

N/A

Volunteer

N/A

Hobbies and Interests

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Writing
  • Reading

Research Description

Focus Intonation in Predictive Processing
This study will investigate the relationship between contrastive stress within sentences and participants’ abilities to predict what word should come next in an incomplete sentence. Previous studies on this topic have been done by providing subjects with images and using eye tracking technology to record which image the subjects looked to, predicting what they expected to hear. This study aims to remove the potentially biasing context, where subjects might look at an image because it is one they have not seen before, not because they are predicting they will hear the corresponding word. In this study, participants will receive incomplete sentences by audio only, with no images, and will be asked to write down what should come next. This study currently focuses on monolingual native English speakers, and future research on non-native speakers could investigate if the knowledge of contrastive stress from a person's first language can assist them in better understanding additional languages with similar stress patterns, or if participants’ abilities to understand contrastive stress in their second language become impaired if their first language has different patterns of stress.