Martha Hinrichs

Martha Hinrichs
Mentor: Dr. Edith Kaan
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
 
"I can remember wanting to do my own research projects since I was in elementary school. It took me a while to figure out where to focus my academic efforts, but once I discovered I could combine my passions for learning languages and studying human behavior in the field of linguistics, I was hooked."

Major

Interdisciplinary Computational Linguistics

Minor

Physics

Research Interests

  • Natural Language Processing
  • Computational Psycholinguistics
  • Social Media Analytics

Academic Awards

  • President's Honor Roll, 2012, 2014
  • Sigma Pi Sigma National Physics Honor Society Member, since 2012
  • Florida Academic Scholar

Organizations

  • Florida Alternative Breaks
  • Neuroscience Club
  • Undergraduate Linguistics Society
     

Volunteer

  • Baby Gators Preschool
  • Porter's Community Farm

Hobbies and Interests

  • Soccer
  • Skiing

Research Description

Korean Learners of English and Ditransitive Constructions

"  In this project I attempt to understand how young learners of English choose between two grammatically valid sentence constructions when writing in English. By looking at a corpus of essays written by Korean college students, I compare sentences with the double object construction, ""He gave the boy the ball"" and sentences with the prepositional object construction, ""He gave the ball to the boy"".
  Questions that I will ask of the data include:
Does the verb used in the sentence regulate which construction is chosen?
Do features of the subject's native language (Korean) affect the construction chosen?
Does the tense of the verb affect which construction is chosen?
  In addition, the answers to these questions will be compared to similar questions asked of English corpora written by both native English speakers and native speakers of European languages."