Clay Beckner

Post-Doctoral FellowClayton Beckner

Elsie Locke 219
Internal Phone: 95919


Research Interests

My research investigates language change and the mental lexicon, using evidence from experiments and quantitative corpus analysis. In my dissertation, I studied the retrieval of 'prefabricated' multiword units from memory, and found evidence that complex linguistic units are both gradient and changeable with experience.

More broadly, I have ongoing interests in the cognitive representation of frequency and statistical knowledge; the interrelationship between language use and language structure; and the cognitive and social mechanisms of language change.

These various lines of research are encompassed in my work on the Wordovators project at NZILBB, which examines factors of interest in the learning and propagation of words, including frequency measures and social variables.