Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences MIT
Originally from Florida, I am
now a graduate student in Ted Gibson's
psycholinguistics lab in MIT's
Brain and Cognitive Sciences
department. Before that, I was a
linguistics student at Oxford University under the supervision of Mary
Dalrymple and Aditi Lahiri. And before
that I was an undergrad at Harvard. I am interested in how and why
languages change (both syntactically and at the level of the word), the
organizational structure of the lexicon (i.e., why we have the words we
have instead of some other set of words), the relationship between
communicative efficiency and natural language, historical English,
language neuroimaging, and lexical-functional grammar.
the first person object pronoun in English. It goes back to the
accusative and dative in Old English and before that to an
Indo-European pronoun that would probably remind you of me. If you're ever bored,
feel free to try it as an exclamation, as in "Oh, me!"If
you're ever a pirate, feel free to try it as a possessive.
K. Mahowald. 2011. An LFG Account of Word
Order Freezing. In M. Butt
and T. H. King, eds., Proceedings of the LFG11 Conference. Hong Kong:
CSLI Publications: http://www-csli.stanford.edu/publications.
K. Mahowald. In prep. Old English, finite-state morphology, and
K. Mahowald. 2011. An LFG Approach to Old English. Master's thesis.
K. Mahowald. 2010. “It may nat be”: Chaucer, Derrida, and the
Impossibility of the Gift. Studies
in the Age of Chaucer. 32:129-150.
K. Mahowald, E. Fedorenko, S.T.
Piantadosi, and E. Gibson. 2012. Info/information theory: speakers
actively choose shorter
word in predictive contexts. 25th Annual CUNY Conference on Human
Sentence Processing, CUNY 2012. New York. March 16, 2012.
K. Mahowald. 2011. Word order freezing in Old
English. Oxford Syntax Working Group. Oxford. February 23, 2011.
K. Mahowald. 2010. Verb clusters in Old English.
3rd South of England LFG Meeting. SOAS, London. October 23, 2010.
You can find some of my crossword
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