Research

Recent projects include:

Lexical Access: Complex Verbs in Dutch
In a series of overt priming experiments with continuous lexical decision in Dutch, we aim to investigate how morphologically complex words are stored and accessed, and what role semantic transparency plays in the lexical representation of morphologically complex verbs.

Resultative Secondary Predicates and Prefixes in Dutch and German
For my second Qualifying Paper, I look into the incompatibility of prefixes (like be-) and resultative secondary predicates in Dutch and German. I argue that both prefixes and RSPs express a stative complement to an eventive head; a structure that triggers a interpretative rule that introduces a causative relation between an event and a state.  The incompatibility of prefixes and RSPs then follows from a semantic restriction that prevents a result to be built on top of an already existing Target State.

Resolution of Quantifier Scope
This project aims to experimentally investigate what factors contribute to the resolution of ambiguous quantifier scope in doubly quantified ditransitive sentences. We are currently extending this to investigate presupposition projection from the scope of quantifiers.

Grammar & Pragmatics in Children with ASD and with SLI
For my MA thesis I looked at grammatical (the mass-count distinction) and pragmatic (article choice) performance in Dutch children with ASD and with SLI. Our results show that both groups overgenerate the indefinite article, while they show distinct profiles for mass-count and additional Working Memory tests.