Current Projects:

  • Code-switching and the developing bilingual: This eye-tracking study investigates how location of a language switch within phrases affects processing in young children and comparable adults.
    • We are currently recruiting Spanish/English bilingual toddlers (2 – 4 years old) and adults in the NYC area! Sign up here!
  • Abstraction during language learning: This series of studies, conducted with Heidi Getz and Elissa Newport, investigate how children and adults use distributional information and delay to form abstract representations of an artificial language.


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).

Recent Conference Presentations:

Phillips, S. F., Sedarous, Y., and Reinoso, A. (2022, March). Investigating ordering restrictions on code-switching. Poster presented at the Penn Linguistics Conference (PLC46), Virtual. [PNG]

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]

Recorded Talks:

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