Conference Schedule

Words in the World 2021 will be held November 26 – 27, 2021, between 9:45 – 16:00 EST (Montreal time). Welcoming remarks begin at 9:45 EST on November 26. Conference talks will be held via Zoom, and poster sessions will be hosted using There will be no parallel sessions.

Download the abstracts: WOW2021 Abstract Book

Friday, November 26

9:45 – 10:00
Talks 1

10:00 – 10:35

Chair: Nancy Azevedo, McGill University
Naomi Vingron, Nancy Azevedo, Gonia Jarema, Joyce Fung, Gianluca Sorrento, Sarah Lee, Anouk Lamontagne, Ruthann Atchley, Paul Atchley, Juhani Järvikivi, Debra Titone, Gary Libben and Eva Kehayia
The impact of visual distraction on lexicality judgements in single and multitask settings

Alexia Antzaka and Marie Lallier 
Contribution of alpha-rate visual attentional tracking to reading acquisition

Daniil Gnetov, Noam Siegelman, Sascha Schroeder and Victor Kuperman
Word length, frequency, and predictability effects in eye-movements in reading: systematic comparison of 12 languages
Talks 2

10:45 – 11:45

Chair: John Gamboa, TU Kaiserslautern
Kaidi Lõo, Pärtel Lippus, Fabian Tomaschek and Benjamin Tucker
Morphological effects in the comprehension of Estonian spontaneous speech

Dominic Schmitz, Marie Engemann, Ingo Plag and Dinah Baer-Henney
Subtle morpho-phonetic differences in English stems and word-final /s/ influence listeners’ comprehension

Elnaz Shafaei-Bajestan, Masoumeh Moradipour-Tari, Peter Uhrig and R. Harald Baayen. 
Inflectional analogies with word embeddings: there is more than the average

Mohen Zhang, Nicola Dawson and Kate Nation
Effects of suffix familiarity and reading ability on morphological processing

Katherine J. Hill and Laura M. Gonnerman 
Implicit and explicit morphology measures: Toward a unified approach to morphological awareness
11:45 – 12:30POSTER SESSION 1 – Poster Room 1
Talks 3

12:45 – 13:45

Chair: Regina Hert, University of Alberta
Merel Muylle, Eva Van Assche and Robert Hartsuiker
Comparing the cognate effect in spoken and written L2 word production

Nadine Charanek, Vegas Hodgins and Olessia Jouravlev
How prevalent are bilingual costs during native (L1) speech production? 

Yanran Chen and Kathleen Eberhard
The role of lexical stress in spoken-word recognition – evidence from English monolinguals and Chinese-English bilinguals

Nick Reid, Huilan Yang and Yuru Mei
Conceptual Metaphor activation in Chinese-English bilinguals

Kaja Gregorc and Theo Marinis
The role of input variability in vocabulary learning in proficient L2 learners
14:00 – 14:45POSTER SESSION 2 – Poster Room 2
Talks 4

15:00 – 15:50

Chair: Daniil Gnetov, McMaster University
Patience Stevens and David C. Plaut
Simulating dynamics of morphological processing in visual word recognition with a neural network model

Jonathan Geary
Orthographic neighborhood density effects in a Maltese visual lexical decision megastudy

Shaina Benjamin and Daniel Schmidtke
Conceptual combination during novel and existing compound word reading: a self-paced reading study

Evonne Syed 
How do we learn the meanings of words? Investigating semantically related vs. unrelated novel word learning

Saturday, November 27

Talks 5

10:00 – 10:35

Chair: Bryor Snefjella, UCLA
Georgia Roumpea, Katarina Marjanovič, Tjaša Mlinarič, Zvezdan Pirtošek, Jure Bon and Christina Manouilidou
Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation treatment improves language performance in different stages of Alzheimer’s disease

María Fernández-López, Manuel Perea and Marta Vergara-Martínez
Are letter detectors resilient to rotations during word recognition? A masked priming ERP investigation

Juliana Novo Gomes, Marije Soto, Aniela Improta França, Julia Cataldo and Aline Gesualdi Manhães
Comparing ERP and the Divided Visual Field paradigm to explore Hemispheric Specialization as a Predictive and Descriptive Tool for grapheme and word processing


Shanley Allen 
Scientific Writing (Part 1): Developing a storyline
11:45 – 12:30POSTER SESSION 3 – Poster Room 3
Talks 6

12:45 – 13:45

Chair: Maria Heitmeier, University of Tübingen
Jessica Nieder, Fabian Tomaschek and Ruben van de Vijver 
The process behind production: Inflection of Maltese pseudo words is based on discriminative learning

Daria Gvozdeva, John Cristian Borges Gamboa, Juhani Järvikivi and Shanley E. M. Allen
How does context affect the perceived difficulty of long nominal compounds?

Fernanda Marabelly de Oliveira Veras and Gustavo Lopez Estivalet 
Deriving word Portuguese semantic variables from English metrics

Laura Schwalm and Ralph Radach 
Desirable difficulty in reading- the curious case of Sans Forgetica

Elizaveta Kovalenko and Daria Chernova
The Robustness of Graphic Representation of a Word in the Mental Lexicon: an Experimental Study with Reference to French
Talks 7

14:00 – 15:00

Chair: Naomi Vingron, McGill University
Ana Baciero, Pablo Gomez, Jon Andoni Duñabeitia and Manuel Perea
Letter similarity effects in braille word recognition

Annika Tjuka, Robert Forkel and Johann-Mattis List
Comparing word properties across languages: A case study on ratings for arousal and valence

Roya Khalili, Eva Kehayia and Marc Roig
Can exercise improve language functions in older adults? Evidence from a Scoping Review

Jordan Gallant and Gary Libben
Psycholinguistic perspectives on power and positivity in Canadian parliament

Kasandra Calkins, Jiseung Kim, Veranika Puhacheuskaya and Juhani Järvikivi
Labels speak volumes: the role of intergroup membership in accent perception
Closing remarks

Poster Sessions

Poster sessions will be organized in Posters will be displayed in designated poster rooms, with authors available to talk during their scheduled time. You can think of this as a ‘normal’ poster session – like the ones we used to have at in-person conferences -just in a virtual space this time. These sessions are not chaired. When you visit a poster, you will be able to see and hear the presenter, and they will be able to answer your questions or walk you through their study. You can control whether your video and microphone are on.

Here’s a brief tutorial:

Poster Session 1
Poster Room 1

Friday 11:45 – 12:30
01. Narissa Byers, Veronica Whitford, Clarice Yeen and Sarah MacIssac
An Investigation of the Relationship between Reading Abilities and Schizotypal Traits in a Neurotypical Adult Sample 

02. Farah Almohammed, Tala Al Otaibi, Hessa Alraqbani and Juana Park.
Is the past on the right for Arabic speakers?

03. Tami Sabag Shushan and Tami Katzir
The Contribution of Emotion Vocabulary to Reading Comprehension Processes at the Text and the Task Level

04. Aysegul Ozkan, Bilal Kırkıcı and Cengiz Acarturk
Phonological Mediation in Reading: A Theoretical Framework

05. Sangyub Kim, Satoru Saito and Kichun Nam
Syllabic constraint effect on the serial order control revealed by Korean non-word speech production

06. Joonwoo Kim and Kichun Nam
Morpho-semantic analysis of morphologically complex Korean words

07. Christina Manouilidou, Michaela Nerantzini, Katarina Marjanovič, Georgia Roumpea, Zvezdan Pirtošek and Jure Bon 
Sentence comprehension improvement in early Alzheimer’s disease as a result of transcranial magnetic stimulation coupled with behavioral intervention.

08. Maria Heitmeier, Yu-Ying Chuang and R. Harald Baayen 
Modeling German nonword plural productions with Linear Discriminative Learning

09. Nancy Azevedo, Gonia Jarema, Christine Alary Gauvreau, Guylaine Le Dorze, Stéfanie Beaulieu, Marc Yvon, Christel Beaujard and Eva Kehayia
What do people with aphasia and their family members think of communication aids? Focus group findings on users’ experiences

10. Elena Pozdnyakova 
Cognitive-pragmatic study of inferences in ad hoc meaning creativity task 

11. Julia Carden, Camila Stecher and Virginia Jaichenco
Category-based licensing in complex word recognition

12. Rita Mathur 
Cognitive Processes in the Acquisition of English as a Second Language by College Students

13. Yousri Marzouki, ِِafra Al Marri and Ali Idrissi
Morphological Family Size in Arabic
Poster Session 2
Poster Room 2

Friday 14:00 – 14:45
01. Alexander Taikh, Christina Gagne and Thomas Spalding
Influence of morphological information on letter position coding. 

02. Gabriela Mariel Zunino
(Un)known semantic relations in Spanish: how syntax may condition the comprehension?

03. Taylor Melvie, Alexandre Taikh, Christina Gagné and Thomas Spalding
The effects of masked pseudo-compound and compound words on constituent processing

04. Juliet Huynh and Naoko Witzel
Translation priming in Vietnamese heritage language speakers: The role of language dominance 

05. Melanie Labusch, Stéphanie Massol, Ana Marcet and Manuel Perea
Are goats chèvres, chévres, chēvres, or chevres? – Cracking the orthographic code of diacritical vowels

06. Zhiyi Wu 
Native Processing of Mandarin Separable Compounds: An Anti-frequency Effect in Visual Lexical Decision? 

07. Daniel Schmidtke, Sadaf Rahmanian and Anna Moro
Reading experience drives L2 reading development: a longitudinal study of EAL reading habits

08. Patience Stevens and David C. Plaut 
Orthographic-semantic consistency as a measure of graded morphological information

09. Owen Kapelle and Simone Sprenger
On the Nature of a Metrical Frame in the Lexicon: A pupillometric study on how the word production process is affected by incongruent word stress distractors

10. Fabian Tomaschek, Madeline Philipsen and Marlene Zimmermann
Massive Variation in Spontaneously Spoken German due to strong Coarticulation in Relation to Lexical and Phonetic Predictors

11. Bryor Snefjella and Idan Blank
The English Lexicon Imputation Project

12. Jordan Gallant, Gary Libben and Laurie Beth Feldman
Spaced-out compounds: What orthographic alteration can and cannot tell us about morphological processes in production
Poster Session 3
Poster Room 3

Saturday 11:45 – 12:30
01. Hanne Surkyn, Reinhild Vandekerckhove and Dominiek Sandra 
The impact of analogical effects and social factors on the spelling of partially homophonous verb forms

02. Dilsah Kalay
Word Knowledge Gains via Conceptual Approach

03. Alexandra Schmitterer and Garvin Brod 
Connected Neighborhoods are more Competitive: The Influence of Connectivity on Lexical Competitiveness in Children’s Decisions About Thematic Relations 

04. Angelika Golegos and Theo Marinis
Pronoun resolution in monolingual German adults

05. Annika Schebesta and Gero Kunter
Phonetic variation in NNN compounds: acoustic duration and plosive reduction

06. Ellen Taylor, Kate Nation and Yaling Hsiao
Context availability and sentence availability ratings for 3,000 English words and their association with lexical processing

07. Solbin Lee, Eun Ha Lee, Jinwon Kang, Jeahong Kim, Sangyub Kim, Changwhan Lee and Kichun Nam
Comparison type and token syllable effect in Korean morphologically complex words

08. Joohee Ahn, Jaehee Ryu, Jinwon Kang, Seonghak Jo, Junghye Choi and Sun-Young Lee
An fMRI study on morphological processing of Sino-Korean derivational prefix 

09. Jugyeong Sun and Kichun Nam
Which flicker frequency is more useful than others?

10. Regina Hert, Juhani Järvikivi and Anja Arnhold
Er or der? The influence of information structure on referent selection

11. Bahareh Yousefzadeh, Gary Libben and Sid Segalowitz
Persian compounds in the mental lexicon

12. Julia Cataldo and Aniela França
Friend or foe: the morphological kinship between words

13. Stephen Politzer-Ahles, Julie Siying Chen and Ka Keung Lee 
A failure to replicate the Ganong effect for tone continua

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