Talking and Timing – Zenzi M. Griffin (University of Texas at Austin)
People do not retrieve all of the words they will use in an utterance before beginning to speak. At the same time, they do not appear to blurt out each word as it is prepared. A wealth of experimental and observational data testify to this. But then how do speakers coordinate the preparation and articulation of words over time? In this talk, I will discuss experiments and hypotheses on this issue, which identifies different ways of conceptualizing language production.
Dr. Griffin studied psychology at Stockholm University for one year before transferring to Michigan State University, where she completed a BA in Psychology. In 1998, she earned a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology (with a minor in Linguistics) from the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There she worked with Dr. Kathryn Bock and Dr. Gary Dell, becoming one of the first researchers to monitor eye movements to study language production. Dr. Griffin then spent three years as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University before moving to the School of Psychology at Georgia Tech in the summer of 2001. In 2008, she joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin as a full professor. In addition to a wide range of collaborative projects, Dr. Griffin is currently studying the retrieval and use of personal names.