Current Projects:

  • Role of syntax during bilingual predictive processing: This online eye-tracking study (using Gorilla Experiment Builder) investigates how bilinguals use grammatical cues (word order, gender features) during online processing of both single-language and code-switching expressions. This is collaborative work with Yourdanis Sedarous (University of Michigan) and Alejandra Reinoso (Northwestern University).
  • Code-switching and the developing bilingual: This eye-tracking study investigates how location of a language switch within phrases affects processability in young children and comparable adults. This study has been severely delayed due to COVID-19.
  • Linking comprehension and production in children and adults: Using a novel task within a larger project under Liina Pylkkänen, this MEG study investigates how children and adults both comprehend a phrase and, in turn, produce a response.


Phillips, S. F. & Pylkkänen, L. (2021, November). Composition within and between languages in the bilingual mind: MEG evidence from Korean/English bilinguals. eNeuro, 8(6).

Recorded Talks:

2021, September. Toward a linguistically inclusive model of language processing.  Speaker Series, NLP with Friends.

Recent Presentations:

Phillips, S. F., Abrams, E., Parrish, A., Geguera, R., Hauptman, M., & Pylkkänen, L. (2020, October). Evaluating laterality of spoken word recognition and basic composition in adults and children with MEG. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Virtual.

Phillips, S. F. (2020, May). Code-switching during composition: MEG evidence from Korean-English bilinguals. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Virtual. [PDF]

Phillips, S. F. (2020, January). Using more than just grammars during offline and online tasks by Spanish-English bilinguals. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. [PDF]

Phillips, S. F. & Pylkkänen, L. (2019, September). Investigating the neural effects of code-switching on combinatory processing with MEG. Talk presented at the Conference on Multilingualism, Leiden University, Netherlands.

Phillips, S. F. & Pylkkänen, L. (2019, August). Are neural effects of composition sensitive to code- switching? Poster presented at the 15th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Helsinki, Finland.