Darren Tanner


4043 Foreign Languages Building
Office: 217-333-3563

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Curriculum Vita

Darren Tanner

Assistant Professor of Linguistics
Ph. D., University of Washington 2011

Psycholinguistics, sentence processing, second language acquisition, ERPs

My research interests lie in sentence processing and psycholinguistics, second language acquisition and bilingualism, and electrophysiological measures of language processing (ERPs). My work primarily investigates grammatical processing and sentence parsing in native and nonnative English speakers, as well as the development of grammatical processing systems in novice second language learners and cross-language interactions in bilingual sentence processing. I am additionally interested in individual differences, both in stable language processing and language development.

Research Areas

Major Grants

NSF BCS-1431324 (8/1/2014-7/31/2017) “Cognitive and neurocognitive individual differences in native and nonnative language processing” Role: PI; Co-PI: Silvina Montrul

NSF BCS-1349110 (6/1/2014-3/31/2018) “Lexical and sentence processing in novice L2 learners: Psycholinguistic and neurocognitive investigations” Role: Co-Investigator; PI: Janet Van Hell

Representative Publications

Litcofsky, K., Tanner, D., & van Hell J. G. (in press). Effects of language experience, use, and cognitive functioning on bilingual word production and comprehension. International Journal of Bilingualism.

Tanner, D., Norton, J.S., Morgan-Short, K., & Luck, S. J. (in press). On high-pass filter artifacts (they’re real) and baseline correction (it’s a good idea) in ERP/ERMF analysis. Journal of Neuroscience Methods.

Mehravari, A. S., Tanner, D., Wampler, E. K., Valentine, G. D., & Osterhout, L. (2015). Effects of grammaticality and morphological complexity on the P600 event-related potential component. PLOS ONE, 10:e0140850. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0140850

Tanner, D. (2015). On the left anterior negativity (LAN) in electrophysiological studies of morphosyntactic agreement. Cortex, 66, 149-155.

Tanner, D. &*Bulkes, N. Z. (2015). Cues, quantification, and agreement in language comprehension. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 22, 1753-1763. (equal co-authorship with Nyssa Bulkes)

Tanner, D., Morgan-Short, K., & Luck, S. J. (2015). How inappropriate high-pass filters can produce artifactual effects and incorrect conclusions in ERP studies of language and cognition. Psychophysiology, 52, 997-1009.

Tanner, D., Nicol, J., & Brehm, L. (2014). The time-course of feature interference in agreement comprehension: Multiple mechanisms and asymmetrical attraction. Journal of Memory and Language, 76, 195-215.

Tanner, D. Inoue, K., & Osterhout, L. (2014). Brain-based individual differences in L2 grammatical comprehension. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 17, 277-293.

Tanner, D. & Van Hell, J. G. (2014). ERPs reveal individual differences in morphosyntactic processing. Neuropsychologia, 56, 289-301.

Tanner, D. (2013). Individual differences and streams of processing. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 3, 350-356.

Tanner, D., McLaughlin, J., Herschensohn, J. & Osterhout, L. (2013). Individual differences reveal stages of L2 grammatical acquisition: ERP evidence. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 16, 367-382.

Van Hell, J. G. & Tanner, D. (2012). Effects of second language proficiency on cross-language lexical activation. Language Learning, 62(Suppl. 2), 148-171.

McLaughlin, J., Tanner, D., Pitkänen, I., Frenck-Mestre, C., Inoue, K., Valentine, G., & Osterhout, L. (2010). Brain potentials reveal discrete stages of L2 grammatical learning. Language Learning, 60 (Suppl. 2), 123-150.

Complete Publications List (PubMed)

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