Wednesday Seminar: Eye-tracking in linguistics: Focus on the Visual World Paradigm
Natalia Mitrofanova, researcher at the Language Acquisition, Variation and Attrition Research group at the University of Tromsø, will share her expertise on various aspects of mono- and multilingual acquisition in children and adults. All are welcome to attend!
Foto: HSL FAK UiT v/Torje Jenssen
The main goals of my talk are the following: (i) to present you with the main characteristics of eye-tracking methods used in linguistics, (ii) to get you acquainted with the Visual World Paradigm (VWP), (iii) to discuss general design issues, measurements, and analysis, (iv) to present a number of eye-tracking case studies conducted at the UiT Lab, and (v) to discuss how eye-tracking can be integrated in your own research projects.
I will start by discussing the history of eye-tracking research in linguistics, and laying out the main characteristics of the Visual World Paradigm. As examples, I will use classical works as well as studies conducted at the LAVA Lab at the UiT by our group (with focus on predictive processing of grammatical case and prepositions by children and adults). Finally, we will discuss how eye-tracking can be employed in the research conducted within your group, considering the specific research questions, target populations, languages involved etc.