Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Maryland, 2013
Certificate in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science
Dissertation: Pragmatic enrichment in language processing and development
- B.A. in Cognitive Science, Yale University, 2006
cum laude, with distinction in the major
- Postdoctoral research fellow, Cognitive Science Department, Johns Hopkins University (2013-present)
Mentor: Barbara Landau
- Research assistant, EEG Lab, University of Washington Autism Center (2007-2008)
Supervisor: Michael Murias
- Therapy assistant, Early STAART Intervention Study, University of Washington Autism Center (2006-2007)
Supervisors: Milani Smith, Elizabeth Grevey, Jamie Winter
- Research assistant, Psycholinguistics Lab, Linguistics Department, Yale University (2005-2006)
Supervisor: Maria Piñango
- Research assistant, Language and Cognition Lab, Psychology Department, Yale University (2004-2005)
Supervisors: Paul Bloom and Melissa Allen
- JHU Krieger School Science Teaching Postdoc Award (2014, 2015)
- Some Institutes for Advanced Study (SIAS) Summer Institute Fellowship (2015-2016)
- University of Maryland Flagship Fellowship (2008-2013)
Awarded to ten incoming graduate students at the university each year.
- College of Arts and Humanities Graduate Student Service Award (2011)
Awarded to one student per year for excellence in service to their department and the College.
- NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Honorable Mention (2009)
- Yale College Dean's Research Fellowship (2005)
- Linck Summer Fellowship (2005)
- Yale College Dean's Research Fellowship (2004)
Honors and Awards
Publications and Manuscripts
- S. Lewis & B. Landau (2015, to appear). Language development in children with Williams syndrome: Genes, modularity, and the importance of development. In E. Bavin & L. Naigles (eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Child Language (2nd ed.). Cambridge University Press. [manuscript]
- S. Lewis & C. Phillips (2015). Aligning grammatical theories and language processing models. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 44 (1): 27-46. doi: 10.1007/s10936-014-9329-z. [link]
- W.Y. Chow*, S. Lewis*, & C. Phillips (2014). Immediate structural constraints on pronoun resolution. Frontiers in Psychology 5: 630. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00630 [*joint first authorship] [link]
- C. Phillips. & S. Lewis (2013). Derivational order in syntax: Evidence and architectural consequences. Studies in Linguistics 6: 11-47. [pdf]
- S. Lewis, V. Hacquard, & J. Lidz (2012). The semantics and pragmatics of belief reports in preschoolers. Proceedings of SALT 22. [link]
- S. Lewis, V. Hacquard, & J. Lidz (submitted). 'Think' pragmatically: Children's interpretations of belief reports. [pdf]
- B. Larson, S. Lewis & D. Kush (submitted). Overt wh-displacement without movement in coordinated wh-questions.
- S. Lewis & B. Landau (2015). Parents and children prefer shared attention to follow-in labeling for word learning. Poster at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Philadelphia. [pdf]
- S. Lewis, V. Hacquard, & J. Lidz (2014). Thinking pragmatically: A new perspective on children's understanding of belief reports. Talk at the 13th International Congress for the Study of Child Language (IASCL 2014), Amsterdam.
- S. Lewis & C. Phillips (2014). Pragmatic processing costs reflect linking to context, not enrichment. Poster at the 27th CUNY Human Sentence Processing Conference, Ohio State University. [Poster]
- S. Lewis, K. Harrigan, & J. Lidz (2013). 3-year-olds compute relevance inferences in indirect requests. Poster at the 19th International Congress of Linguists (ICL), Geneva. [Poster]
- S. Lewis, D. Kush, & B. Larson (2013). No filled gap effects in coordinated wh-questions. Talk at the 19th International Congress of Linguists (ICL), Geneva. [Slides]
- D. Kush, S. Lewis, & B. Larson (2013). The what and when of processing coordinated wh-questions. Talk at the 31st West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL), Arizona State University.
- S. Lewis, D. Kush, & B. Larson (2013). Processing gaps in coordinated wh-questions. Talk at the 85th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Boston. [Slides]
- S. Lewis, V. Hacquard, & J. Lidz (2013). Pragmatic parentheticals and the acquisition of ‘think’. Talk at the 85th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Boston. [Slides]
- B. Larson, D. Kush, & S. Lewis (2012). Psycholinguistic evidence for non-syntactic dependencies in coordinated wh-questions. Talk at the Workshop on the Syntax and Semantics of Sharing (WorkShare), Nantes, France.
- S. Lewis, V. Hacquard, & J. Lidz (2012). Pragmatic influences on 3- and 4-year-olds’ interpretation of ‘think’. Talk at Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition-North America (GALANA) 5, University of Kansas. [Abstract]
- S. Lewis, V. Hacquard, & J. Lidz (2012). The semantics and pragmatics of belief reports in preschoolers. Talk at Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 22, University of Chicago. [Abstract] [Slides]
- S. Lewis, V. Hacquard, & J. Lidz (2012). The pragmatics of belief reports in development. Talk at the 30th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL), University of California, Santa Cruz.
- S. Lewis, W.Y. Chow, & C. Phillips (2012). Structural constraints on pronoun resolution: Distinguishing early and late sensitivity to illicit antecedents. Talk at the workshop on Timing of Grammar at the 35th Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW) Colloquium, Potsdam, Germany. [Abstract] [Slides]
- S. Lewis, B. Larson, & D. Kush (2012). What and when can you fill a gap with something? Talk at the 25th CUNY Human Sentence Processing Conference, CUNY. [Abstract]
- S. Lewis & C. Phillips (2011). Computing scalar implicatures is cost-free in supportive contexts. Poster presented at the 17th conference on Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP), Paris, France. [Poster]
- W.Y. Chow, S. Lewis, S. Lee-Ellis, & C. Phillips (2011). Immediate structural constraints on antecedent retrieval in pronoun resolution. Poster presented at the 24th CUNY Human Sentence Processing Conference, Stanford University. [Abstract] [Poster]
- M. Preissler & S. Lewis (2005). Art and Intention: Young children’s abilities to decode representations. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Jean Piaget Society. Vancouver, Canada.
- S.Lewis (2015). The development of pragmatic competence. University of Washington, Seattle. February 10.
- S.Lewis & W.Y. Chow (2012). Immediate sensitivity to Principle B: Implications for the implementation of grammatical constraints. University of Massachusetts, Amherst. May 16.
- C. Phillips & S. Lewis (2012). Fast Stuff and Slow Stuff: Is a unified theory desirable? Invited talk at the 25th CUNY Human Sentence Processing Conference, CUNY.
- Born to Talk: Language in the Human Mind, Johns Hopkins University (Fall 2014, Fall 2015)
Instructor of freshman seminar (2 sections). Created course for Science Teaching Postdoc Program. [2014 Syllabus][2015 Syllabus]
- Workshop on R for Data Analysis, University of Maryland (January 2012)
Co-instructor of 2-week workshop for graduate students and faculty on the R statistical programming language. [link to wiki]
- Seminar on Real-Time Language Processing (LING499E), University of Maryland (Fall 2011)
Co-instructor of seminar for advanced undergraduate linguistics majors. [Syllabus]
- Introduction to Linguistics for majors (LING240), University of Maryland (Fall 2010)
Teaching assistant, responsible for grading and office hours.
- Honors Seminar: Language and Mind (HONR218L), University of Maryland (Fall 2009)
Teaching assistant, responsible for grading and office hours.
- Language & Cognition Lab, Johns Hopkins University (PI: Barbara Landau)
Hannah Cowley (Summer 2015) Courtney Finkbeiner (Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015)
Katie Link (Spring 2015) Kelsey Whalen (Spring 2014, Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015)
- Project on Children's Language Learning, University of Maryland (PI: Jeffrey Lidz)
Amber Frazier (Spring 2013)
Sara McVeigh (Spring 2013)
Laura Sherry (Spring 2012, Fall 2012)
Faina Kostyukovsky (Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Summer 2011, Spring 2012, Summer 2012)
Jessica Lee (Spring 2011, Summer 2011)
Leah Whitehill (Fall 2010, Spring 2011)
Sam Blitzstein (Summer 2010, Fall 2010)
- Vice President, Homewood Postdoc Association, JHU (2015-2016)
Responsible for organizing professional development activities for postdocs.
- Founding member, IGERT Student Executive Committee, UMD (2010-2011)
Responsible for coordinating student committees, communicating with faculty.
- Leader, IGERT Student Committee for Language Science Day (September 2010)
Organized a one-day event to bring together over 120 students and faculty from 9 different departments involved in language science research. [Program]
- Co-organizer, IGERT Winter Storm (January 2010)
Organized a 2-week workshop for language researchers from different departments. Included hardware and software training, research presentations, and interdisciplinary research groups.
- Member, Linguistics Department Colloquium Committee (2009-2010)
Frontiers in Psychology
Journal of Memory and Language
Journal of Semantics
Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics
Language Learning and Development