Current Projects:

  • The role of orthography during language processing among Korean-English bilinguals (running analyses): This magnetoencephalography (MEG) study examines how bilinguals engage with Korean words when presented in either Hangul (the preferred orthography) or the Roman alphabet (a productive alternative).
  • Code-switching and the developing bilingual (in development): This eye-tracking study investigates how children are able to process single-language and code-switched utterances between two different types of stimuli.
  • Offline vs. online tasks to investigate bilingual competence (in development): This mixed-methods study seeks to understand why offline tasks (e.g. acceptability judgment tasks) and online tasks (e.g. reaction time experiments) have both been used to investigate bilingual competence but can produce divergent results.


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.