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Fais, Laurel

Biographical Sketch & Research Interests
My current research interests in infant language acquisition include the role of intention and interaction, as well as the interconnected contributions of syntax and phonetics in acquiring language. I have also worked in the areas of dyslexia, multi-media interfaces for machine translation (English-Japanese), and discourse issues in machine translation.

Courses Taught
PSYC 336 Psychology of Language

Representative Publications
Fais, Laurel, 1994. Conversation as collaboration: Some syntactic evidence. Speech Communication 15, 231-242.

Fais, Laurel, and Kyung-ho Loken-Kim, 1995. How many words is a picture really worth? Technical Report of the IEICE, SP95-81(1995-12), The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers, Tokyo, Japan, 41-48.

Fais, Laurel, 1998. Lexical accommodation in human- and machine-interpreted dialogues. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 48, 217-246.

Fais, Laurel and Mitsuko Yamura-Takei, 2003. The nature of referent resolution in Japanese email. Discourse Processes 36 (3), 167-204.

Fais, Laurel, 2004. Inferable centers, centering transitions and the notion of coherence. Computational Linguistics 30 (2), 119-150.
Fais, Laurel, Sachiyo Kajikawa, Janet F. Werker, and Shigeaki Amano, 2005. Japanese listeners' perceptions of phonotactic violations. Language and Speech 48(2), 185-202.

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