Recent Papers

In Press Embodied Grammar and Humor. To Appear in Cognitive Linguistics and Humor Research, Geert Brone, Tony Veale, and Kurt Feyaerts (eds.). Mouton de Gruyter. (With Kim Binsted) [Draft]
Grammatical aspect and mental simulation. Brain & Language. (With Kathryn Wheeler)
Meaning in the palm of your hand. In Sally Rice and John Newman (eds.) Empirical and Experimental Methods in Conceptual structure, Discourse, and Language. Stanford: CSLI. (With Kathryn Wheeler)
2008 Computational Models in the Debate over Language Learnability. Infant and Child Development 17:55-80. (With Frederic Kaplan and Pierre-Yves Oudeyer) [Draft]
Embodied concept learning. In Paco Calvo and Toni Gomila (eds.) Handbook of Cognitive Science. Elsevier. (With Jerome Feldman)
2007 Spatial and linguistic aspects of visual imagery in sentence comprehension. (with Shane Lindsay, Teenie Matlock and Srini Narayanan). Cognitive Science.
Mental simulation in literal and figurative language. In Seana Coulson and Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk (eds.) The Literal/Non-Literal Distinction.
Experimental methods for simulation semantics. In Monica Gonzalez-Marquez, Irene Mittelberg, Seana Coulson, and Michael J. Spivey (eds.) Methods in Cognitive Linguistics: Ithaca. John Benjamins.
Searching for Happiness or Full of Joy? Source Domain Activation Matters. In Proceedings of the 31st Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society.. (With Meylysa Tseng, Yiran Hu, and Wen-Wei Han)
2006 On the Emergence of Compositionality. Proceedings of the 6th evolution of language conference. (With Joachim De Beule)
Frame-Shifting Humor in Simulation- Based Language Understanding. In IEEE Intelligent Systems. (With Seana Coulson)
2005 Writing Direction Influences Spatial Cognition. In Proceedings of the Twenty-Seventh Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. (With Ting Ting Chan)
Mental Simulation in Spatial Language Processing. In Proceedings of the Twenty-Seventh Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.
Sentence Understanding Engages Motor Processes. In Proceedings of the Twenty-Seventh Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. (With Kathryn Wheeler)
Lexical Processing Drives Motor Simulation. In Proceedings of the Twenty-Seventh Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. (With Meylysa Tseng)
The convergent evolution of radial constructions: French and English deictics and existentials. Cognitive Lingusitics. (With Madelaine C. Plauché)
Embodied Construction Grammar in Simulation-Based Language Understanding. In Jan-Ola Östman and Miriam Fried (Eds.), Construction Grammars: Cognitive grounding and theoretical extensions (With Nancy C. Chang)
2004 Embodied verbal semantics: evidence from a verb-verb matching study. Proceedings of the 30th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. (With Shweta Narayan and Zach Weinberg) [Draft]
Simulated Action in an Embodied Construction Grammar. In Proceedings of the Twenty-Fifth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. (With Nancy Chang and Shweta Narayan)
The psychological reality of phonaesthemes. Language 80(2).
To awaken a sleeping giant: Blending and metaphor in editorial cartoons after September 11. In Michel Achard and Suzanne Kemmer (Eds.) Language, Culture, and Mind. CSLI.
The cognitive linguistics of scalar humor. In Michel Achard and Suzanne Kemmer (Eds.) Language, Culture, and Mind. CSLI.
2003 Embodied verbal semantics: evidence from an image-verb matching task. In Proceedings of the Twenty-Fifth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. (With Jerome Feldman and Shweta Narayan.)
Pun and non-pun humor in second-language learning. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Humor Modeling in the Interface at Computer-Human Interaction (CHI) (With Kim Binsted and Justin McKay)
2001 Of sound, mind, and body: neural explanations for non-categorical phonology. Ph.D. Dissertation. Department of Linguistics, U.C. Berkeley. (Advisor: George Lakoff)
Nativization processes in L1 Esperanto. Journal of Child Language. 28(3): 575-595
Voilà voilà: Extensions of deictic constructions in French. In Alan Cienki, Barbara Luka, and Michael Smith (Eds.), Conceptual and Discourse Factors in Linguistic Structure. CSLI. (With Madelaine C. Plauché.)
2000 Probability in phonological generalizations: Modeling optional French final consonants. In Alan Yu et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 26th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. Berkeley: Berkeley Linguistics Society. 
Ramifications of phonology-syntax interactions for phonological models. In Proceedings of the 24th Annual Penn Linguistics Colloquim, 27-36.
1999 Markedness and the Evolution of Binary Spatial Deictics: French voilà and voici. In Steve Chang et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 25th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. Berkeley: Berkeley Linguistics Society. (With Madelaine C. Plauché.)
Handouts from recent presentations
2002 The linguistics of scalar humor. UH Manoa Linguistics Dept. Tuesday Seminar.
2003 Simulation Semantics. UH Manoa Linguistics Dept. Tuesday Seminar.