Evelyn Arko Milburn
Background and activities
As a psycholinguist, my research is driven by one basic question: "During language comprehension, where does meaning come from?" I use eyetracking and behavioral methods to investigate this question in several areas of sentence processing. In particular, I am interested in figurative language comprehension, particularly idioms. One of my current projects involves exploring how idiom-internal characteristics interact with linguistic context to drive meaning access during idiom comprehension. However, I am also interested in how extra-linguistic semantic information--such as gesture and world knowledge--interact with language. My research involves a wide range of participants, from college-age students to healthy older adults to people with aphasia, and I have recently expanded into second-language processing as well.
Scientific, academic and artistic work
- (2019) Idioms show effects of meaning relatedness and dominance similar to those seen for ambiguous words. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. vol. 26 (2).
- (2019) Boon or burden? The role of compositional meaning in figurative language processing and acquisition. Journal of Logic, Language and Information. vol. 28 (2).
- (2018) Idiom comprehension in aphasia: Literal interference and abstract representation. Journal of Neurolinguistics. vol. 47.