Dr Clay Beckner
- Ph.D. (Linguistics) University of New Mexico (2013)
- M.A. (Linguistics) University of New Mexico (2005)
- M.S. (English) Illinois State University (1999)
Room 218, Locke Building
Telephone: +64 3 369 5919 (direct)
Postal address: NZILBB
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
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.