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Lyn Frazier

Professor Emerita

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(413) 545-6827

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ILC N404

Lyn Frazier taught courses in psycholinguistics.  Her research focuses on questions of how adults comprehend language --in particular how they assign a syntactic structure, and navigate the interface between syntax and interpretation.  Frazier has been a frequent visitor at research institutes in Europe including in Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, and France.

Educated at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, B.A., 1974, University of Connecticut, Storrs, PhD. 1978.

Research Areas

  • Syntactic processing
  • Processing ellipsis
  • Prosodic constraints on parsing
  • Effects of the Question Under Discussion on processing


Dillon, B., Clifton, Jr., C., & Frazier, L. (2014) Pushed aside:  Parentheticals  &Processing. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience 29(4), 483-498.

Frazier, L., Dillon, B., & Clifton Jr., C. (2014) A note on interpreting damn expressives:  transferring the blame.  Language and Cognition, 1-14.

Häussler, J., Grant, M., Fanselow, G., & Frazier, L. (2015)  Superiority in English and German: Cross-language grammatical differences?  Syntax. DOI: 10.1111/synt.12030.

Frazier, L. (2015) Two interpretive systems for natural language? In Eva Fernandez and Janet Dean Fodor (eds) Grammars and Parsers. Journal of Psycholinguist Research, (44), 7–25. DOI 10.1007/s10936-014-9328-0

Frazier, L., & Clifton Jr., C. (2015)  Without his shirt off he saved the child from almost drowning:  Interpreting uncertain input. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 30(6), 635-647.10.1080/23273798.2014.995109 DOI: 10.1007/s10936-014-9328-0

Frazier, L. (to appear) Ellipsis and psycholinguistics. In Jeroen Cranenbroek and Tanja Temmerman (eds) Oxford Handbook of Ellipsis.  Oxford University Press.

Explicit and implicit prosody in sentence processing:  Studies in honor of Janet Dean Fodor. (2015) edited by L.Frazier and E.Gibson. Springer.

Clifton, Jr., C., and Frazier, L. (2016) Accommodation to an uncomfortable state. Journal of Memory and Language, 86, 20-34.