Eszter Ronai

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Cohort Year: 2016
Advisor(s): Ming Xiang
Research Interests: Psycholinguistics, Pragmatics, Syntax

My primary research interests are in psycholinguistics and experimental semantics-pragmatics. The empirical domain of my dissertation is scalar diversity: the observation that the likelihood of scalar inference varies across different lexical scales. I address questions of what properties of scales can explain scalar diversity, and whether scalar alternatives have strengthened memory representations. Previously, I have worked on the role of Questions Under Discussion in implicature processing and the effect of pragmatic contrast on speech perception, as well as quantifier scope ambiguities. I’m also interested in syntax and sentence processing, with special focus on Hungarian. Recent and ongoing projects include relative clause complexity, identity in clausal ellipsis, multiple wh-questions/sluicing, and nominal ellipsis in possessives.