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Qingyuan Liu Gardner & Valantis Fyndanis: Cross-linguistic investigation of grammatical aspect production in individuals with stroke-induced aphasia

Qingyuan Gardner is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Multilingualism Across the Life Span (MultiLing). Joining in October 2021, she has been working on the Norwegian Research Council funded project ‘Machine Learning Aphasia’ with project leader Valantis Fyndanis, where they examine morphosyntactic production in individuals with stroke-induced aphasia. Qingyuan holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh.

Valantis Fyndanis is a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Psycholinguistics/Neurolinguistics in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus, and a Researcher at the MultiLing Center at the University of Oslo, Norway. Prior to his current appointments, he held a tenure-track Associate Professor position at Long Island University, U.S.A., a postdoctoral position at MultiLing, a Marie Curie fellow at the University of Potsdam, Germany, as well as research and teaching positions in Greece and Italy. His areas of expertise are adult language disorders and bi-/multilingualism. Currently, he is the Principal Investigator of the FRIPRO project "Machine Learning Aphasia".

They will give the talk in English.

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Qingyuan Gardner and Valantis Fyndanis. Photo: UiO

Research has shown that individuals with agrammatic aphasia (IwAAs) have difficulty producing and comprehending morphosyntactic/morphosemantic categories such as time reference/tense (e.g., Bastiaanse, Bamyaci, Hsu, Lee, Duman, & Thompson, 2011; Friedmann & Grodzinsky, 1997) and grammatical aspect (e.g., Fyndanis, Arcara, Christidou, & Caplan, 2018; Koukoulioti & Bastiaanse, 2020). However, while the time reference/tense deficit in agrammatic aphasia has been documented in many languages, it is still unknown whether IwAAs are impaired in grammatical aspect cross-linguistically. Grammatical aspect has been consistently found impaired in Greek-speaking aphasia (e.g., Fyndanis, Varlokosta, & Tsapkini, 2012; Fyndanis et al., 2018; Varlokosta et al., 2006; Nanousi et al., 2006), but it has not been explored systematically in other languages, including English.

This talk will first give a broad overview of existing literature on aspect production in IwAAs, particularly in Greek- and English-speaking individuals: What we know so far, and what issues require further investigation. Then, we will present work examining production of English aspect currently underway, focusing on the experimental design of a production task tapping into English aspect. We will also present pilot data and preliminary predictions, and discuss challenges and current solutions.

This is an open event. A zoom link will be send via the forum's mailing list. If you wish to join, you can register to the clinical forum mailing list here. You may also contact the organizers Helene Killmer or Sarah Cameron for more information.

Tags: Psycholinguistics, Language processing
Published Nov. 17, 2022 11:39 AM - Last modified Nov. 30, 2022 3:21 PM