I study how we produce and interpret language in context. My current work focuses on referential communication:
Referential communication (the way in which we refer to people and things around us) can take many forms, from general descriptions to unique proper names or potentially ambiguous pronouns. Given the wide range of potential referents accessible to listeners, how do we select referential forms that best convey our intended meaning? On the comprehension end, how do we derive likely interpretations of meaning based on the referential forms we encounter? I am interested in exploring how alternative forms and meanings are weighed and combined to constrain inferences, and what role visual cues play in this process.
I am a postdoctoral fellow working with Paula Rubio-Fernandez on the project 'Vision shapes language: referential communication in blind, sighted and newly-sighted individuals' funded by the Research Council of Norway. The aim of the project is to study the extent to which visual processes influence the development of referential communication and common ground over the course of childhood.
Prior to this, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Edinburgh working with Paula Rubio-Fernandez and Hannah Rohde on the project 'Linguistic and cognitive factors in effective referential communication' funded by the Research Council of Norway. In this project we investigated younger and older adults' choice of referring expressions in interactive contexts and how that relates to memory capacity, executive control, and Theory of Mind.
Personal website: http://drmlong.github.io
2018: PhD in Linguistics, University of Edinburgh
2014: MSc in Developmental Linguistics, University of Edinburgh
2010: MA in Spanish Linguistics, Middlebury College (in Spain and Mexico)
2009: BA in Spanish and English Literature, Georgetown University