Processing of multi-word sequences
Using corpus studies and behavioral data we examine the processing of multi-word sequences by adult speakers. We show that speakers are sensitive to multi-word frequencies in comprehension (Arnon & Snider, 2010) and production (Arnon & Cohen-Priva, 2013, 2014; Hernandez et al. 2016). Our findings demonstrate parallels between words and phrases, and undermine the distinction between lexicon and grammar (Snider & Arnon, 2012).
Continuity of processing: children's sensitivity to input properties
We use naturalistic speech and experiments with children and adults to ask whether children are affected by the same factors that influence adult processing, and how language development is affected by input properties. Our work shows that children, like adults, are sensitive to the distributional properties of their input and that their learning trajectory is influenced by such information (Arnon, 2010, 2011; Arnon & Clark, 2011; de Marneffe et al., 2011).