PIC

Ekaterina Kravtchenko

eskrav@coli.uni-saarland.de
Department of Language Science and Technology
SFB 1102

University of Saarland



Research

I'm an experimental and computational psycholinguist interested in communicative efficiency and pragmatics, particularly in how people combine expectations about speaker efficiency, world knowledge, and discourse structure in interpreting the meaning of utterances. I use web-based rating and passage completion experiments, eye-tracking, and self-paced reading studies to look at at how world knowledge, primarily in the form of stereotyped event sequences (scripts), influences production and comprehension of informationally redundant utterances.

I'm also working on a project which looks at the (potentially asymmetrical) role of discourse predictability in speaker production and listener comprehension of referring expressions.

I'm currently a PhD student in Vera Demberg's psycholinguistics lab.

Biography

I received my MA in Linguistics from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2013. After working at Intel in Hudson, MA for a year, I moved to Germany, where I now work in the Computational Linguistics department at Saarland University. I am a native English and Russian speaker, and semi-proficient German speaker.

Papers and Manuscripts

Kravtchenko, E., and Demberg, V. (Under revision). Informationally redundant utterances alter prior beliefs about event typicality. PDF [Please do not cite without permission]

Kravtchenko, E., and Demberg, V. (2015). Semantically underinformative utterances trigger pragmatic inferences. In Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. PDF

Kravtchenko, E. (2014). Predictability and syntactic production: Evidence from subject omission in Russian. In Proceedings of the 36th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. PDF

Polinsky, M., Gallo, C. G., Graff, P., Kravtchenko, E., Morgan, A.M., and Sturgeon, A. (2012). Subject islands are different. J. Sprouse & N. Hornstein (Eds.), Experimental Syntax and Island Effects, Cambridge. PDF

Polinsky, M., Gómez Gallo, C., Graff, P., and Kravtchenko, E. (2011). Subject preference and ergativity. Lingua 122(3): 267-277. PDF

Xiang, M., Harizanov, B., Polinsky, M., and Kravtchenko, E. (2011). Processing morphological ambiguity: An experimental investigation of Russian numerical phrases. Lingua 121(3): 548-560. PDF

Conference Talks and Posters

Kravtchenko, E., Modi, A., Demberg, V., Titov, I., and Pinkal, M. (2017). Does referent predictability affect rate of pronominalization?. Talk presented at 30th CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, MIT, March 2017. VIDEO

Kravtchenko, E., Modi, A., Demberg, V., Titov, I., and Pinkal, M. (2017). Does UID affect rate of pronominalization?. Talk presented at Information-theoretic Modeling of Linguistic Variation in Context workshop at DGfS 2017, Saarland University, March 2017.

Kravtchenko, E., and Demberg, V. (2017). Informationally redundant event descriptions alter prior beliefs about event typicality. Poster presented at CSLI Workshop: Bridging Computational and Psycholinguistic Approaches to the Study of Meaning, Stanford University, February 2017.

Kravtchenko, E., and Demberg, V. (2016). Informational status of redundant event mentions mediates pragmatic interpretation. Poster presented at Events in Language and Cognition workshop at 29th CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, University of Florida, March 2016.

Kravtchenko, E., and Demberg, V. (2015). Online processing and interpretation of underinformative event mentions. Poster presented at Discourse Expectations: Theoretical, Experimental, and Computational Perspectives (DETEC), University of Alberta, Edmonton, June 2015.

Kravtchenko, E., and Demberg, V. (2015). Underinformative event mentions trigger context-dependent implicatures. Talk presented at Formal and Experimental Pragmatics: Methodological Issues of a Nascent Liaison (MXPRAG), Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Berlin, June 2015.

Kravtchenko, E., and Demberg, V. (2015). Underinformative event mentions trigger pragmatic inferences. Poster presented at 28th CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, University of Southern California, March 2015.

Kravtchenko, E. (2013). Contextual referent predictability affects optional subject omission in Russian. Poster presented at 26th CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, University of South Carolina, March 2013.

Kravtchenko, E. (2013). Effects of contextual predictability on optional subject omission in Russian. Talk presented at Annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA), Boston, January 2013.

Sturgeon, A., Polinsky, M., Harizanov, B., Kravtchenko, E., Gómez Gallo, C., Medova, L. and Koula, V. (2010). Subject islands in Slavic: The syntactic position matters. Talk presented at Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics (FASL) 19, University of Maryland, April 2010.

Sturgeon, A., Polinsky, M., Harizanov, B., Kravtchenko, E., Gómez Gallo, C., Medova, L. and Koula, V. (2010). Revisiting the person case constraint in Czech. Talk presented at Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics (FASL) 19, University of Maryland, April 2010.

Kravtchenko, E., Xiang, M., and Polinsky, M. (2009). Are all subject islands created equal?. Poster presented at 22nd CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, UC Davis, March 2009.

Personal

In my off-time, I enjoy hiking, rock climbing, and playing board games.

I like data, sci-fi, and cats.