I am an Associate Professor of Linguistics in the Department of English at William & Mary. I am also a Principal Investigator in the Computational & Experimental Linguistics Lab. My research combines experimental, computational, and theoretical methods to uncover how we mentally represent and process language. My teaching focuses on general linguistics, syntax, computational methods, and psycholinguistics.

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Publications (w/ data + code)

Parker, D., & Konrad, K. (accepted). Teasing apart encoding and retrieval interference in sentence comprehension: Evidence from agreement attraction. In Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Toronto, Canada: Cognitive Science Society.

Parker, D. (2019). Cue combinatorics in memory retrieval for language processing. Cognitive Science, 43, 1-30. [pdf | data + code]

Parker, D. (2019). Two is not always better than one: Modeling evidence for a single structure-building system. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics, 3, 1-27. [pdf | data + code]

Schlueter, Z, Parker, D., Lau, E. (2019). Error-driven retrieval in agreement attraction does not lead to misinterpretation. Frontiers in Psychology, 10. 1-15. [pdf | data + code]

Parker, D. & An, A. (2019). Interference in Language Processing Reflects Direct-Access Memory Retrieval: Evidence from Drift-Diffusion Modeling. In A.K. Goel, C.M. Seifert, & C. Freksa (Eds.), Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, (pp. 2523-2529), Montreal, QB: Cognitive Science Society. [pdf | data + code]

Parker, D. (2018). A memory-based explanation of antecedent-ellipsis mismatches: New insights from computational modeling. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics, 3, 1-27. [pdf | data + code]

Parker, D. & An, A. (2018). Not all phrases are equally attractive: New evidence for selective agreement attraction effects in comprehension. Frontiers in Psychology, 9. 1-16. [pdf | data + code]

Parker, D. 2017. Processing multiple gap dependencies: Forewarned is forearmed. Journal of Memory and Language, 97, 175-186. [pdf | data + code]

Parker, D., Shvartsman, M., & Van Dyke, J. A. (2017). The cue-based based retrieval theory of sentence comprehension: New findings and new challenges. In L. Escobar, V. Torrens, & T. Parodi (Eds.) Language Processing and Disorders (pp. 121-144). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. [pdf]

Parker, D. & Phillips, C. (2017). Reflexive attraction in comprehension is selective. Journal of Memory and Language, 94, 272-290. [pdf | data + code]

Parker, D. & Lantz, D. (2017). Encoding and Accessing Linguistic Representations in a Dynamically Structured Holographic Memory System. Topics in Cognitive Science, 9, 51-68. [pdf | code]

Parker, D. & Phillips, C. (2016). Negative polarity illusions and the encoding of hierarchical representations in memory. Cognition, 157, 321-339. [pdf | data + code]

Parker, D. & Lantz, D. (2016). Encoding and Accessing Linguistic Representations in a Dynamically Structured Holographic Memory System. In D Reitter & F. E. Ritter (Eds.), Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Cognitive Modeling (ICCM), pp. 93-99. The Pennsylvania State University. Recipient of award for outstanding paper. [pdf; Note: this paper is superseded by the 2017 topiCS article of the same title]

Parker, D., Lago, S., & Phillips, C. (2015). Interference in the processing of adjunct control. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1-13. [pdf | data + code]

Phillips, C. & Parker, D. (2014). The psycholinguistics of ellipsis. Lingua, 151, 78-95. [pdf]

Chow, W-Y., Lago, S., Barrios, S., Parker, D., Morini, G., & Lau, E. (2014). Additive effects of repetition and predictability during comprehension: Evidence from event-related potentials. PLoS ONE, 9, 1-11. [pdf]

Parker, D. (2011). Which-phrases reconstruct? A syntactic investigation of D-linked wh-movement. In D. Baily & V. Teliga (ends.), Proceedings of the 39th Western Conference on Linguistics (WECOL). pp. 207-220. Fresno, CA: California State University. [pdf]

Parker, D. (2011). At the interfaces: Deriving and interpreting focus and anaphora in VP-ellipsis. In S. Lima, K. Mullin, & B. Smith (eds.), Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS). pp. 585-596. University of Massachusetts, GLSA. [pdf]

Parker, D. & Seely, T. D. (2010). MaxElide and its domain of application. Extended abstract from talk given at the 85th Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting. [pdf]

Xie, Y., Aristar-Dry, H., Lockwood, H., Thompson, J., Parker, D., & Cool, B. (2009) Language and location: A map annotation project – A GIS-based infrastructure for linguistics information management. In Proceedings of the International Multiconference on Computer and Information Technology. pp. 305-311. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE). [pdf]

Parker, D. & Cool, B. (2008). Computational approaches to mapping and visualizing language data. In Proceedings of the 5th Midwest Computational Linguistics Colloquium (MCML). Michigan State University. [pdf]

Courses Taught

(all courses taught at William & Mary)

Study of Language (LING 220)

Syntax (LING 304)

Psycholinguistics (LING 370)

Computational Methods in Language Science (LING 380)

Topics Course: Computational Psycholinguistics (LING 474)

Independent Study (LING 480)

Honors (LING 495/496)

Data Science for the Humanities and Social Sciences (DATA 440)