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It is widely believed that understanding a sentence requires both linguistic competence as well as common experiential knowledge. For example, we can distinguish between the literal meaning of “It’s getting late” and what the sentence might connote to different individuals in different contexts—as when “It’s getting late” is used to hint that “It’s time to leave.” The ability to retrieve the denotational meaning of an utterance on the one hand, and the speaker’s intended meaning on the other, is thought to engage both linguistic and pragmatic processing streams. But the nature of this collaboration is yet to be fully understood. My research addresses such questions as: How does our language faculty interact with pragmatic knowledge in the process of understanding utterances? Do first and second language speakers rely on both linguistic and pragmatic sources of meaning to the same degree? And if not, what can that tell us about the collaboration between these two processing streams?
- Riven, L., de Almeida, R. G., & Segalowitz, N. S. (in preparation). First and second language speakers use distinct processing strategies when (mis)interpreting implausible passive sentences.
- Riven, L. & de Almeida, R. G. (in preparation). Context breeds enriched interpretations of indeterminate sentences.
- Andrade, L. F., Riven, L., & Petry, N. M. (2013, submitted). Associations between antisocial personality disorder and gender on discounting rates.
- de Almeida, R. G. & Riven, L. (2012). Indeterminacy and coercion effects: Minimal representations with pragmatic enrichment. In A. M. Di Sciullo (Ed.). Towards a biolinguistic understanding of grammar. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. [.pdf | uncorrected proofs]
- de Almeida, R. G., Riven, L., Manouilidou, C., Lungu, O., Dwivedi, V., Jarema, G., & Gillon, B. (2013, submitted, under revision). Coercion or Pragmatics? An fMRI study on indeterminate sentences. [.pdf | draft]
- de Almeida, R. G., Manouilidou, C., Roncero, C., Riven, L. (2010). Three tales of semantic decomposition: Causatives, coercion, and metaphors. In A. Franca & M. Maia (Eds.). Papers in Psycholinguistics. Rio de Janeiro: Imprinta. [.pdf | proofs]
- Riven, L., Andrade, L. F., & Petry, N. M., (2013). Probability and delay discounting among pathological gamblers with and without antisocial personality disorder. Canadian Psychological Association Convention, Quebec City, Canada.
- Riven, L., & de Almeida, R. G. (2012). Pragmatic inferences enrich indeterminate sentences: Evidence from false memories. Canadian Society for Brain, Behavoiur, and Cognitive Sciences 22nd Annual Meeting, Kingston, Canada.
- Riven, L., & de Almeida, R. G. (2011). Context breeds false recognition for indeterminate setnences. Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing, Paris, France.
- de Almeida, R.G., Riven, L., Manouilidou, C., Lungu, O., Dwivedi, V., Jarema, G., & Gillon, B. (2009). Coercion effects are pragmatic: fMRI and behavioural evidence. Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing, Barcelona, Spain.
Honours, Awards, & Distinctions
- Student Research Grant Competition. (2014). Association for Psychological Science.
- Certificate of Leadership & Innovation. (2014). Concordia University, Department of Psychology, for co-founding and coordinating INPSYCH Workshops.
- Doctoral Award of Excellence. (2014 - 2015). Concordia School of Graduate Studies
- Special Entrance Award. (2011 – 2012). Concordia School of Graduate Studies
- Certificate of Academic Excellence. (2012). Canadian Psychological Association, Master’s Thesis Award
- Armand C. Archambault Fellowship. (2010 – 2011). Concordia School of Graduate Studies.
- Campaign for a New Millennium Graduate Scholarship. (2010 – 2011). Concordia School of Graduate Studies.
- Concordia Entrance Award. (2009 - 2010). Concordia School of Graduate Studies.
- Saul Levenson Graduate Scholarship in Psychology. (2009 – 2010). Department of Psychology, Concordia University.
- Canada Graduate Scholarship. (2011 – 2014). Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
- Bourse de maîtrise. (2010 – 2011). Fonds de recherche sur la société et la culture
- Canada Graduate Scholarship. (2009 – 2010). Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
- MA: Context breeds false recognition of indeterminate sentences. Department of Psychology, Concordia University, 2011.
- Honours: Understanding underspecified sentences: An fMRI study. Department of Psychology, Concordia University, 2009.
- 2014-2015, Winter: Fundamentals of Cognition (Psyc 364)
- 2011-2012, Fall: Statistical Analysis 1 (Psyc 315, TA)
- 2010-2011, Winter: Statistical Analysis 1 (Psych 315, TA)