Dr. Anouschka Foltz

Anouschka Foltz
Dr Anouschka Foltz
Lecturer in Psycholinguistics; Director of Undergraduate Studies
+44 (0)1248 382267
Room 111, 37-41 College Road


I received a Magister Degree from the University of Mannheim in 2003. My Magister thesis, supervised by Prof. Rosemarie Tracy, was an empirical study comparing native (American) and non-native (German) speakers’ argumentative discourse in English. In 2000/2001, I had the opportunity to study abroad at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and gain my first teaching experience at the Dapertment of Germanic Languages and Literatures.

In 2010 I received both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from The Ohio State University. My Ph.D. dissertation, entitled “The Effect of Pitch Accents and Boundary Tones on the Interpretation of L+H* Accents”, was supervised by Prof. Shari Speer. During my time at The Ohio State University, I mostly worked on sentence processing and the production and comprehension of prosody in adults. I also taught numerous undergraduate classes.

After completing my Ph.D., I spent four years working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Collaborative Research Centre 673 “Alignment in Communication” at Bielefeld University. During this time, I worked with the principle investigators Prof. Prisca Stenneken, Prof. Philipp Cimiano, and PD Dr. Katharina Rohlfing. Most of this work focused on syntactic and lexical alignment phenomena in both children and adults.

Research Interests:

My research is in the area of psycholinguistics, both on adult language processing and language acquisition. My main interests revolve around prosodic and syntactic processing.

I am currently working on a number of research projects. One project focuses on syntactic priming in children. In these studies, children take turns with the experimenter describing pictures. The experimenter uses different syntactic structures to describe pictures, for example, “a blue car” vs. “a car that is blue”. I am particularly interested in which factors influence how often children will adopt the syntactic structures that the experimenter uses. For example, one current study investigates whether the prosodic structure of the experimenter’s sentences influences how often children attempt to adopt a syntactic structure that is dispreferred and that they may not have fully mastered.

Another project focuses on the production and comprehension of contrastive and corrective accentuation, as in “Look, a red car, and a BLUE car” or “That’s not a red car, that’s a BLUE car”. I use eyetracking and audio recordings to investigate how adults use contrastive accentuation in both production and comprehension. I am particularly interested in individual differences and in the relationship of individuals’ production and comprehension of contrastive accentuation. I would also like to explore these questions in both monolingual and bilingual children.

Authored and edited books:

Smith, B. J., Beckman, M. E., and Foltz, A. (2016). Analyzing the sounds of languages. Ohio State University. ISBN: 978-1-878594-00-6. Available as a PDF at http://kb.osu.edu/dspace/handle/1811/77848 and as an iBook at https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/analyzing-sounds-languages/id1146918655?mt=13.

The Ohio State University, Department of Linguistics (2007). Language Files: Materials for an Introduction to Language and Linguistics. 10th Edition. Bergmann, A., Hall, K. C., & Ross, S. M. (eds.), Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University Press. ISBN: 978-0814251638.

Scientific Publications:

  • Foltz, A., Gaspers, J., Meyer, C., Thiele, K., Cimiano, P., & Stenneken, P. (2015). Temporal Effects of Alignment in Text-based, Task-oriented Discourse. Discourse Processes, 52(8), 609-641. doi: 10.1080/0163853X.2014.977696.
  • Foltz, A. and Gaspers, J and Thiele, K and Stenneken, P and Cimiano, P. (2015). Lexical alignment in triadic communication. Frontiers in Psychology, 6 (127). DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00127.
  • Speer, S. R. & Foltz, A. (2015). The implicit prosody of corrective contrast primes appropriately intonated probes (for some readers). In L. Frazier, & E. Gibson (Eds), Explicit and Implicit Prosody in Sentence Processing, Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics Series (pp. 263-285), Springer.
  • Foltz, A., Thiele, K., Kahsnitz, D., & Stenneken, P. (2015). Children's syntactic-priming magnitude: lexical factors and participant characteristics. Journal of Child Language, 42, 932-945, doi:10.1017/ S0305000914000488.
  • Bressmann, T., Foltz, A., Zimmermann, J., & Irish, J. (2014). Production of tongue twisters by speakers with partial glossectomy. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 28(12): 951-964. doi: 10.3109/02699206.2014.938833
  • Gaspers, J., Foltz, A., & Cimiano, P. (2014). Towards the emergence of verb-general constructions and early representations for verb entries: Insights from a computational model. Proceedings of CogSci 2014: The Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Quebec City, Canada.
  • Gaspers, J., Thiele, K., Cimiano, P., Foltz, A., Stenneken, P., & Tscherepanow, M. (2012). An evaluation of measures to dissociate language and communication disorders from healthy controls using machine learning techniques. Proceedings of the 2nd ACM SIGHIT International Health Informatics Symposium, pp. 209–218.
  • Foltz, A., Maday, K., & Ito, K. (2011). Order Effects in Production and Comprehension of Prosodic Boundaries. In S. Frota, G. Elordieta, & P. Prieto (Eds), Prosodic categories: production, perception and comprehension. Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory Series, Springer.
  • Bergmann, A., Armstrong, M., & Maday, K. (2008). Relative Clause Attachment in English and Spanish: A Production Study. Proceedings of the Conference on Speech Prosody 2008, Campinas, Brazil, pp. 505-508.
  • Armstrong, M., Bergmann, A. &, Tamati, T. (2008), Prosody and Negation in Brazilian Portuguese. Proceedings of the Conference on Speech Prosody 2008, Campinas, Brazil, pp. 489-492.

Popular publications:

Recent and upcoming presentations:

  • Foltz, A. (accepted). Using L+H* accents to predict referents in the L1 and the L2: The role of exposure. Talk at the Tone and Intonation in Europe Conference 2016, Canterbury, UK.
  • Tan, M.S, & Foltz, A. (accepted). Task sensitivity in bilingual sentence comprehension: Evidence for "good-enough" processing. Talk at the Conference on Multilingualism 2016, Ghent, Belgium.
  • Olloqui-Redondo, J., Tenbrink, T., & Foltz, A. (2016). To the left or to the right? The impact of animacy in spatial configurations in English and Spanish. Talk given at the 6th UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Bangor, UK.
  • Ferroni, A., Wallington, A., & Foltz, A. (2016). Prototype Effects in Morality Judgments. Talk given at the 6th UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Bangor, UK.
  • Tan, M.S, & Foltz, A. (2016). Task sensitivity in L2 syntactic processing: Evidence for "good-enough" processing. Poster presented at the workshop on Sentence Processing in Multilingual and Other Less Commonly Studied Populations, Potsdam, Germany.
  • Foltz, A. (2016). Tuning-in: Comprehension of contrastive accents in L1 and L2 acquisition. Invited talk given at the Forschungskolloquium, English Linguistics, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany.
  • Foltz, A., & Rohlfing, K. J. (2015a). Processing contrastive accents in the L1 and L2. Poster presented at the 21st Annual AMLaP Conference, Valetta, Malta. 
  • Foltz, A., & Rohlfing, K. J. (2015b). Prosody modulates syntactic alignment in 3-year-old children with low working memory capacity. Poster presented at the 21st Annual AMLaP Conference, Valetta, Malta. 
  • Foltz, A., & Rohlfing, K. J. (2015c). Young children have abstract knowledge of the discourse function of L+H* accents. Poster presented at the 21st Annual AMLaP Conference, Valetta, Malta. 
  • Foltz, A., Gaspers, J., Thiele, K., Cimiano, P. & Stenneken, P. (2014). Lexical (Mis)alignment: Automatic or Strategic Behavior? Talk given at the 20th Annual AMLaP Conference, Edinburgh, UK.
  • Foltz, A., Linne, C., & Speer, S. R. (2014). Implicit Prosody primes appropriately intonated auditory probes. Poster presented at The 27th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Columbus, OH.
  • Foltz, A., Gaspers, J., Meyer, C., Thiele, K., Cimiano, P., & Stenneken, P. (2013). Temporal effects of lexical alignment: Evidence from task-oriented discourse. Poster presented at the 11th International Symposium of Psycholinguistics, Tenerife, Spain.
  • Zimmermann, J., Bressmann, T., Foltz, A., & Irish, J. (2012). The tongue - not essential for the production of tongue twisters? Talk given at the ICPLA Conference 2012, Cork, Ireland.
  • Foltz, A., Knopf, K., Thiele, K., & Stenneken, P. (2012). Syntactic Priming in Two-Year-Old Children. Poster presented at the 18th Annual AMLaP Conference, Riva del Garda, Italy.
  • Berner, A.-L., Nachtigäller, K., Foltz, A., & Rohlfing, K. (2012). Does emotional narrative context influence retention of newly learned words? Poster presented at Narrative, Intervention and Literacy (NIL2012), Paris, France.
  • Thiele, K., Foltz, A., & Stenneken, P. (2012). Factors contributing to differences in lexical adoption rates. Poster presented at the Interdisciplinary College 2012, Günne at Lake Möhne, Germany.

Ph.D. Supervision:

Jen Lewendon: Phonetic constraints on bilingual lexical access.

Amirah Saud A. Alharbi: First language attrition and second language acquisition in the domain of phonetics: The impact of phonetic aptitude and bilingualism.

Alaa Alahmadi: Exploring the effect of lexical inferencing and lexical translation on Saudi undergraduate EFL students’ vocabulary retention

I welcome enquiries from students interested in pursuing a PhD in the areas of sentence processing, discourse processing, and prosody. I am also interested in lexical access in Welsh, in particular, relating to mutations. Proposed topics may involve studies with monolingual or bilingual children and/or adults.

Teaching at Bangor:

I teach courses on introductory linguistics as well as psycholinguistics. For details, please consult the current timetable.

  • QXL1110: Introduction to Language
  • QXL3308/QXL4408: L1 & L2 Sentence Processing
  • QXL3341: Dissertation
  • QXL3349/QXL4449: Psycholinguistics
  • QXL4431: Foundations of Linguistics 2