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Dr Hunter Hatfield

MA (Mississippi) PhD (Hawai'i at Mānoa)

Email hunter.hatfield@otago.ac.nzHatfield Web
Phone +64 3 479 9087
Office 1N10
1st Floor
Arts Building
Albany Street
Dunedin

Mail Department of English and Linguistics
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand

Teaching

LING 111 Language and its Structure
LING 215 Phonology
LING 315 Psycholinguistics
LING 415 Psycholinguistics
LING 423 Special Topic: Language Processing


Research Interests

For a hundred years, language researchers, as well as grammarians in secondary school, have written about language as if it is something that occurs in space: we draw trees for grammar, say a word is to the left or right of another, speak of one bit being inside or outside another bit, etc. However, natural speech occurs primarily over time. Hunter is interested in how to describe language in time, as well as in space, and discovering whether or not it makes any difference to our scientific understanding of language.

Current Projects

An experimental platform that uses the touch/gesture interface of an Android tablet for studying language processing is under development in the lab. Several current or upcoming projects revolve around the creation of this experimental platform including:

  • a study of the time course of syntactic ambiguity using “underlining” of text with a finger to trace attention while reading
  • continuous measurement of politeness judgments throughout a conversation
  • stress perception by both typically-developing children and children with dyslexia using a “visual world paradigm” but employing finger traces as the dependent variable
  • theoretical study of the relation between Shannon information (information theory) and dynamic information in a dynamic system as realised in language behaviour
  • studying and improving linguistics as higher education for undergraduates. Some recent talks were presented here. Write to Hunter for more information.

Some of Hunter's research projects can be followed in his profile on the Open Science Framework.


Postgraduate Supervision

Hunter hopes to find postgraduate students with projects that reinforce the direction of the lab. Projects that focus on the temporal side of language could look at any timescale, from 10s of milliseconds to a lifespan. Students with the following sorts of interests are encouraged to apply:

  • Projects that move the gesture-based experimental methodology forward are welcome. As this platform is under active development, having the appropriate technical skills would be of great benefit.
  • Dynamic approaches to language processing that focus on language as a temporal phenomenon. The lab's focus has largely been phonological, so this would be the best fit, but it is not required. Language acquisition over a course of time would also be a natural fit.
  • The current research in the lab has focused upon small-scale temporal and statistical approaches to language use and acquisition. A project that could add a social dimension to this work, such as alignment over a set of interactions, would be welcome.

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Publications

Hatfield, H. (2016). Self-guided reading: Touch-based measures of syntactic processing. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 45(1), 121-141. doi: 10.1007/s10936-014-9334-2

Hatfield, H., & Artos, T. (2016). The locus of processing for object relative clauses and the impact of methodology. Language, Cognition & Neuroscience, 31(2), 190-195. doi: 10.1080/23273798.2015.1095936

Hatfield, H. (2015). Can an entire paper be project-based group work? Te Reo, 58, 95-113.

Hatfield, H. (2015, December). Metrical stress theory in a selection phonology. Verbal presentation at the Linguistic Society of New Zealand Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Holmes, K., Kuepper, M.-C., Monaghan, K., Orchard, S., & Hatfield, H. (2015, December). Adaptation to sound variation over minutes and years. Verbal presentation at the Linguistic Society of New Zealand Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Journal - Research Article

Hatfield, H. (2016). Self-guided reading: Touch-based measures of syntactic processing. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 45(1), 121-141. doi: 10.1007/s10936-014-9334-2

Hatfield, H., & Artos, T. (2016). The locus of processing for object relative clauses and the impact of methodology. Language, Cognition & Neuroscience, 31(2), 190-195. doi: 10.1080/23273798.2015.1095936

Hatfield, H. (2015). Can an entire paper be project-based group work? Te Reo, 58, 95-113.

Hatfield, H., & Hahn, J.-W. (2014). The face of others: Triadic and dyadic interactions in Korea and the United States. Journal of Politeness Research: Language, Behaviour, Culture, 10(2), 221-245. doi: 10.1515/pr-2014-0010

Hahn, J.-W., & Hatfield, H. (2011). Group face in Korea and the United States: Taking responsibility for the individual and the group. Multilingua, 30(1), 25-70. doi: 10.1515/mult.2011.003

Hatfield, H., & Hahn, J.-W. (2011). What Korean apologies require of politeness theory. Journal of Pragmatics, 43(5), 1303-1317. doi: 10.1016/j.pragma.2010.10.028

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Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Hahn, J.-W., & Hatfield, H. (2009, July). Variation in apology use through studying group face. Poster session presented at the 11th International Pragmatics Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Hatfield, H. (2015, December). Metrical stress theory in a selection phonology. Verbal presentation at the Linguistic Society of New Zealand Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Holmes, K., Kuepper, M.-C., Monaghan, K., Orchard, S., & Hatfield, H. (2015, December). Adaptation to sound variation over minutes and years. Verbal presentation at the Linguistic Society of New Zealand Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Hatfield, H. (2011, November). Attention and time in statistical learning. Verbal presentation at the 19th Linguistics Society of New Zealand Biennial Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.

Hatfield, H. (2011, July). Face creation and profiling cultural knowledge. Verbal presentation at the Face Symposium, Huddersfield, UK.

Hatfield, H., & Hahn, J.-W. (2009, July). Implications of Korean apology use for face theory. Verbal presentation at the 11th International Pragmatics Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

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Working Paper; Discussion Paper; Technical Report

Hatfield, H. (2007). The biological endowment for language and arguments from the poverty of the stimulus [Working Papers in Linguistics: Vol. 38(6)]. Honolulu, HI: Department of Linguistics, University of Hawai‘i at Mânoa.

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Hatfield, H. B. (2010). Temporal expectancy and the experience of statistics in language processing (PhD). University of Hawai'i, Mānoa, Hawai'i. 155p.

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