Sarah Hye-yeon LEE (이혜연)

Postdoctoral Researcher

Language & Cognition Lab, University of Pennsylvania




I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Language & Cognition Lab (PI: Anna Papafragou) in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania.

My PhD was in Linguistics at the University of Southern California, where I was advised by Elsi Kaiser. My dissertation research -- Processing the Dynamicity of Events in Language -- investigated how comprehenders' mental representations of events are dynamically updated during online language processing. This dissertation project was generously supported by the NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant in Linguistics. [link to Award Abstract]

Before USC, I received my B.A. in and M.A. from Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea.

Like many psycholinguists, I am interested in the question of what the relationship between the human mind and language is. To probe this question, I examine event representations in language and the mind. How are events represented in the mind? How do mental representations of events relate to linguistic representations of events? Currently, I am specifically interested in the internal temporal structure/complexity of events. I also have broader interests that revolve around linguistic meaning and its interfaces. Topics I have worked on include evidentiality, subjectivity, reference resolution, superlatives, and focus. Please click on Research for my past and current research projects.