Rebecca Tollan, Lab director

Dr. Tollan gained her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 2019. Her research focuses on the processing and syntactic representation of long-distance dependencies (such as between who and after visit in sentence like Who did Alice visit at the farm?), and their interaction with phenomena such as case marking, agreement, and subjecthood. Much of Dr. Tollan’s work has focused on Niuean, a Polynesian language spoken on the south Pacific island of Niue.




Graduate students

Bilge Palaz, Ph.D. student and Lab manager

Bilge is the current lab manager a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Linguistics and Cognitive Science Department at the University of Delaware. She earned her B.A. in Foreign Language Education and her M.A. in Linguistics at Boğaziçi University, Turkey. Her research interest is in sentence processing, especially in processing ellipsis. She is also interested in theoretical syntax, and to what extent experimental measures help us answer the questions related to the syntactic structure and operations in syntax.



Juyeon Cho, Ph.D. student

Juyeon is a second-year Ph.D. student. Before coming to the University of Delaware, she received her B.A. from Ewha Womans University and her M.A. from Seoul National University. Juyeon is interested in how experimental syntax can provide evidence to support syntactic theories; her current research focuses on the processing of long-distance dependencies.





Myung Hye Yoo, Ph.D. student

Myung Hye is a fourth year Ph.D. student. Her research focuses on the mechanisms involved in sentence processing and the roles of syntax and semantics in resolving filler-gap dependencies.




Yuki Seo, Ph.D. student

Yuki is a third year Ph.D. student. She studied at International Christian University (Japan) and University of California, Santa Cruz, as an undergraduate student, before coming to UD. Yuki is interested in syntax and sentence processing, and her current study focuses on the processing of wh-questions in Japanese.

Keita Ishii, Ph.D. student

Keita is a  second year Ph.D. student. His research interests are in syntax, semantics and their interfaces.  He is currently working on the processing of long-distance dependencies with different classes of verbs.
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