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Presentations (2012-2018)

  • Watkins, F., Abdlkarin, D. & Thompson R.L. (July, 2018). The nature of L1 & L2 phonological representations in a signed language: 3D or orientation-specific? 8th Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies – Gesture and Diversity. Cape Town.
  • Lu, J. & Thompson, R.L. (July, 2018). Different word learning contexts modulate the learnability of iconic signs. 8th Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies – Gesture and Diversity. Cape Town.
  • Watkins, F., Abdlkarin, D., Thompson R.L. (July, 2018). Rotatable phonological representations or visual angle-specificity? L1 & M2-L2 British Sign Language comprehension from front and side angles. International Conference on Sign Language Acquisition. Istanbul, Turkey.
  • O’Neill, R., Mann, W., Thompson, R.L., (July, 2018). Strategies used by deaf and hearing children during online reading Australian and New Zealand Conference for Educators of the Deaf (ANZCED).
  • Perlman, M., Little, H., Thompson, R.L. (July, 2018). Iconicity in signed and spoken Lexicons: Implications for language evolution. ‘modality matters’ workshop at Evolang. (https://evolang.cles.umk.pl/workshops).
  • Perlman, M., Little, H., Thompson, R.L. (July, 2018). Comparing Iconicity in Signed and Spoken Vocabulary. International Association of Cognitive Semiotics (http://iacs-2018.org/iacs3/).
  • Frank, S., Thompson, R.L. (May, 2018). Sensitivity to language statistics in first and second language reading. Poster presented at the 2nd International Symposium on Bilingual and L2 Processing in Adults and Children (ISBPAC-TU-2018). Braunschweig, Germany. https://www.tu-braunschweig.de/anglistik/isbpac
  • Thompson, R.L., Langdon, C. (March, 2018). Cross-Modal Bilingual Activation In ASL Signers: The Role Of Language Experience. 31th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Davis, CA.
  • Kumcu, A., Thompson, R.L., (September, 2017). Lexical difficulty and looking at nothing: Less imageable and abstract words lead to more looks to blank locations. Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing (AMLaP, 2017), Lancaster University.
  • Watkins, F., Abdlkarim, D., Thompson, R.L., (September, 2017). Viewpoint specificity in L1 and L2 British Sign Language comprehension. Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing (AMLaP, 2017), Lancaster University.
  • Perlman, M., Little, H., Thompson, R.L. (July, 2017). Modality driven encoding of iconicity in signed and spoken vocabulary: A Comparison between British Sign Language and English. Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
  • Thompson, R.L. (November, 2016). Invited speaker: Eye gaze and signed language interaction. Kickoff workshop – Interdisciplinary project on Eye gaze in multimodal interaction management. KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.
  • Thompson, R.L. & Watkins, F. (July, 2016). The relationship between sign production and sign comprehension: what the hands reveal. International  Society for Gesture Studies Conference 7. Paris, France.
  • Huck, A., Cruice, M., Thompson, R.L., Marshall, J. (March, 2016). Patterns of silent reading in aphasia: Insights from the analysis of eye movements. Talk presented at the Aphasia Research Group, University College London, London, UK
  • Thompson, R.L., Langdon, C. (January, 2016). Cross-Modal Bilingual Activation In ASL Signers: The Role Of Language Experience. Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research Conference 12, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Watkins, F. (November, 2015). Die Britische Gebärdensprache (BSL) und die Deutsche Gebärdensprache (DGS) im Vergleich. 58th Students’ Conference on Linguistics, Goethe-Universität-Frankfurt. Frankfurt, Germany.
  • Huck, A., Thompson, R.L., Cruice, M., Marshall J. (September, 2015). Using eye tracking to investigate silent sentence reading by people with aphasia. British Aphasiology Society Biennial International Conference.
  • Huck, A., Cruice, M., Thompson, R.L., Roy, P., Marshall J. (August, 2015) Meaning-structure probabilities influence comprehension of mild garden path sentences in aphasia. European Conference on Eye Movements (ECEM XVIII). Vienna, Austria.
  • Thompson, R.L., (July, 2015). Keynote: Multimodal, Multilingual Language Acquisition. 2nd International Conference on Sign Language Acquisition (ICSLA). Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Thompson, R.L., Frank, S. (May, 2015). Deaf readers are bilingual too. Tenth International Symposium on Bilingualism, ISB10. New Jersey.
  • Thompson, R.L., England, R., Morgan, G., Vigliocco, G. (July, 2014). Children’s sensitivity to iconic sign-to-world mappings: an eye-tracking study of British Sign Language. 13th International Congress for the Study of Child Language (IASCL) Amsterdam.
  •  Morgan, G., Thompson, R.L., Lu, J., Vigliocco, G., Woll, B. (July, 2014). The sign and gesture overlap: implications for language development. 13th International Congress for the Study of Child Language (IASCL) Amsterdam.
  •  Thompson, R.L., Emmorey, K. & Langdon, C. (July, 2014). Gestural links to grammatical eye gaze during American Sign Language comprehension & production. International Society for Gesture Studies, 7 (ISGS 7) San Diego, California.
  • Thompson, R.L. (May, 2014). Language as a multimodal communication system: Insights from signed language research. Invited presentation at: University of Central Lancashire, International Institute for Sign Languages and Deaf Studies
 (Islands).
  • Thompson, R.L. (March, 2014). Multimodal multilingual language processing. Invited talk for the Psychology & Cognitive Processes Group, Department of Education & Professional Studies, King’s College London.
  • Thompson, R.L. & Watkins, F. (July, 2013). The relationship between sign production and sign comprehension: what the hands reveal. Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research Conference 11, London, UK.
  • Thompson, R.L. (April, 2013). The road to language learning is iconic: Evidence from British Sign Language, Symposium on Iconicity in Gesture and Sign. Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, Washington.
  • Thompson, R.L., Vinson, D., Woll, B., Vigliocco, G. (March, 2013). The road to language learning is iconic: Evidence from British Sign Language. 1st Symposium on Sign Language Acquisition, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • England, R., Thompson, R.L., Vigliocco, G., Woll, B., Morgan, G. (March, 2013). Picture naming in deaf children from deaf and hearing families compared with spontaneous gestures produced by hearing children: the influence of iconicity. 1st Symposium on Sign Language Acquisition, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Frank, S., Thompson, R.L. (September, 2012). The origin of surprisal effects during reading: evidence from pupillometry. 14th annual conference on Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP), Riva del Garda, Italy.
  • Frank, S., Fernandez Monsalve, I. & Thompson, R.L. (July, 2012). Modelling cognitive effort during reading: Neural networks outperform grammars (again). Neural Computation and Psychology Workshop: San Sebastion Spain July 12-14.
  • Thompson, R. L., Vinson, D. P., Woll, B., Vigliocco, G. (August 2012). The road to language learning is iconic: Evidence from British Sign Language. 5th Annual Embodied and Situated Language Processing, Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
  • Morgan, G., England, R., Thompson, R.L., Vigliocco, G., & Woll, B. (July, 2012). Types and forms of representational gestures produced by children aged between 24 and 36 months in a naming task: comparison of English and British Sign Language learners. International Society for Gesture Studies, 5 (ISGS 5) Lund, Sweden.
  • Frank, S., Thompson, R. L. (July, 2012). Modelling cognitive effort during reading: Neural networks outperform grammars (again). Neural Computation and Psychology Workshop, 13. San Sebastian, Spain.
  • Watkins, F. & Thompson, R.L. (May, 2012). Investigating Handedness Effects on Perception in British Sign Language. 51st Students’ Conference on Linguistics, Universität Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Thompson, R. L., Vinson, D. P., Fox, N. Vigliocco, G. (January, 2012). What if languages were visual? Lexical processing in British Sign Language. Experimental Psychology Society Workshop.

Posters

  • Thompson, R.L., Watkins, F., Mann, W. & Oneill, R. (Sept, 2018) Strategies used by deaf and hearing children during online reading. Poster presented at the WoRLD: Workshop on Reading, Language and Deafness, San Sebastian, Spain.
  • Frank, S.L. & Thompson, R.L. (Sept, 2018) Sensitivity to language statistics in 1st and 2nd language reading. (Poster). Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing (AMLaP, 2018). Berlin, Germany.
  • Watkins, F., Abdlkarim, D & Thompson, R.L. (April, 2017). Viewpoint specificity in L1 & M2-L2 British Sign Language Comprehension. Postgraduate Research Event, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham. Birmingham, UK.
  • Watkins, F. & Thompson, R.L. (January, 2016). Phonological Processing of Dual Language Input: The relationship between phonological systems for speech-sign bilinguals. Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research 12. Melbourne, Australia.
  • Watkins, F., Sorace, A. & Bak, T. (July, 2015). Bi-bi, bilingual advantage? Auditory attention and visuospatial cognition in late L2 bimodal bilinguals. 2nd International Conference on Sign Language Acquisition. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Huck, A., Marshall J., Cruice, M., Thompson, R.L. (June, 2014). An eye movement analysis of word frequency and contextual predictability in sentence reading in people with aphasia. International Aphasia Rehabilitation Conference, The Hague.
  • Kumcu, A. & Thompson, R.L. (April, 2015). “Looking at Nothing” for Verbal Memory. Poster session presented at the Research Event of the School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, UK.
  • Watkins, F., Scholes, L., Sandher, A. & Wheeldon, L. (April, 2014). Semantically-related naming in two picture-picture interference tasks. Postgraduate Research Event, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham. Birmingham, UK.
  • Al-Qahtani, N., Kumcu, A. & Wheeldon, L. (April, 2014). Morphological, semantic and translation priming in word reading: Evidence from Arabic-English bilinguals. Poster session presented at the Research Event of the School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, UK.
  • Thompson, R.L., Vinson, D.P., Fox, N., Vigliocco, G. (July, 2013). Is Lexical Access Driven by Temporal Order or Perceptual Salience? Evidence from British Sign Language. 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Berlin, Germany.
  • Frank, S., Thompson, R. L. (August, 2012). Early effects of word surprisal on pupil size during reading. Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Sapporo, Japan.