Research overview

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Information structure and ellipsis


  1. Rasekhi, Vahideh, & Jesse A. Harris (submitted). Processing ambiguous stripping ellipsis structures in Persian. Talk presented at Experimental and Corpus-based Approaches to Ellipsis 2019. UC Davis, CA, July 14 2019.

  2. Harris, Jesse A., & Katy Carlson. (2019). Correlate not optional: PP sprouting in ’much less’ ellipsis. Glossa, 4, 1-35.

  3. Harris, Jesse A. & Katy Carlson (2018). Information structure preferences in focus-sensitive ellipsis: How defaults persist. Language & Speech, 6, 480–512.

  4. Carlson, Katy & Jesse A. Harris (2018). Zero-Adjective Contrast in Much-less Ellipsis: The Advantage for Parallel Syntax. Language, Cognition, & Neuroscience, 1, 77–97.

  5. Harris, Jesse A. & Katy Carlson (2016). Keep it local (and final): Remnant preferences for ‘let alone’ ellipsis. Quarterly Journal for Experimental Psychology, 69, 1278–1301.

  6. Harris, Jesse A. (2016). Processing let alone coordination in silent reading. Lingua, 169, 70–94.

Sluicing and retrieval


  1. Harris, Jesse A. (2019). Alternatives on demand and locality: Resolving discourse-linked wh-phrases in sluiced structures. In: C. Clifton, Jr., J.D. Fodor, & K. Carlson (Eds.), Grammatical Approaches to Language Processing – Essays in Honor of Lyn Frazier (pp. 45-75). Springer Studies in Theoretical Linguistics.

  2. Harris, Jesse A. (2017). Semantic selectivity in the retrieval of sluiced sentences: An eye movement study. Poster presented at The 30th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Boston, MA, March 30–April 1, 2017.

  3. Harris, Jesse A. (2015). Structure modulates similarity-based interference in sluicing: An eye- tracking study. Frontiers in Psychology, 6. Encoding and navigating linguistic representations in memory.

Prosodic constraints on syntactic alignment


  1. Harris, Jesse A., Sun-Ah Jun, & Adam Royer (in progress). The benefits of putting on a little weight: Recovery from garden path sentences. Ms. UCLA.

  2. Harris, Jesse A., Alexandra Lawn, & Marju Kaps (2019). Investigating sound and structure in concert: A pupillometry study of relative clause attachment. In The 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1880-1886). Montreal, QB.

  3. Harris, Jesse A., & Sun-Ah Jun (2018). Pupil dilation indexes closure mismatches between prosody and syntax. Poster presented at The 4th Experimental and Theoretical Advances in Prosody (ETAP) conference. Amherst, MA. October 11–13, 2018.

  4. Harris, Jesse A., Sun-Ah Jun, & Adam J. Royer (2016). Implicit prosody pulls its weight: Recovery from garden path sentences. In: J. Barnes, A. Brugos, S. Shattuck-Hufnagel, and N. Veilleux (Eds.), Proceedings of Speech Prosody 8 (pp. 207-211). Boston, MA.

  5. Frazier, Lyn, Charles Clifton, Jr., Katy Carlson, & Jesse A. Harris (2014). Standing alone with prosodic help. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 28, 1519-1544.

Perspective shifting


  1. Harris, Jesse A. (accepted). Extended perspective shift and discourse economy in language processing. Frontiers - Special issue on Perspective Taking in Language.

  2. Harris, Jesse A. (2014). Signaling non-speaker commitment in transparent free relatives: A paired speaker-hearer judgment study. In V. Rieser and R. Muller (Eds.), The Proceedings of the 18th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue, pp. 71–79. Edinburgh, Scotland.

  3. Harris, Jesse A. & Christopher Potts (2011). Predicting perspectival orientation for appositives. In Proceedings from the 45th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society.

  4. Harris, Jesse A. & Christopher Potts (2009). Perspective-shifting with appositives and expressives. Linguistics & Philosophy, 32, 523-552.

  5. Harris, Jesse A. (2009). Epithets and perspective shift: experimental evidence. In: M. Biezma & J. A. Harris (Eds.), University of Massachusetts Occasional Papers: Papers in Pragmatics. Volume 39, (pp. 49 - 76). GLSA Publishing. Amherst, MA.

Prediction and constraint in sentence processing


  1. Harris, Jesse A., & Stephanie Rich (revision in progress). Predicted analyses linger: The case for structural prediction with either-or structures. Ms. UCLA. Poster presented at CUNY 2017.

  2. Rich, Stephanie, & Jesse A. Harris. (in progress). Local constraint is inhibited by global context in concessive structures. Ms. UCLA. Poster presented at CUNY 2018.

  3. Rich, Stephanie & Jesse A. Harris (in progress). The limits of forward thinking: Structural prediction with correlative and quantificational both. Talk presented at the Psycholinguistics in Iceland – Parsing and Prediction (PIPP). Verold, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, June 19–20, 2019.

  4. Harris, Jesse A., Stephanie Rich, & Ian Rigby (2021). Contextual constraint and lexical competition: Revisiting biased misperception during reading. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 47, 81-102.

  5. Chie Nakamura, Jesse A. Harris, Sun-Ah Jun (2020). Learning to anticipate contrast with prosody: A Visual world study with L2 learners. Proceedings of the 10th Speech Prosody International Conference.

  6. Nakamura, Chie, Jesse A. Harris, Sun-Ah Jun, & Yuki Hirose (2019). L2 adaptation to uninformative prosody during structural analysis: A visual world study. In BUCLD 43: Proceedings of the 43rd Boston University Conference on Language Development. Medford, MA: Cascadilla Press.

  7. Nakamura, Chie, Jesse A.Harris, & Sun-Ah Jun (2018). Cue reliability affects anticipatory use of prosody in processing globally ambiguous sentences. Talk presented at The 31st Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Davis, CA, March 15–17, 2018.

Event construal


  1. Harris, Jesse A., & Natasha Korotkova (2019). Preference for single events guides perception in Russian: A phoneme restoration study. In the Proceedings of the 54th Chicago Linguistic Society. University of Chicago, IL.

  2. Harris, Jesse A., Charles Clifton, Jr., & Lyn Frazier (2013). Processing and domain restriction: Quantificational variability effects. Language and Cognitive Processes, 28, 1519–1544.

  3. Harris, Jesse A. (2011). Extraction from coordinate structures: Evidence from language processing. In Adams, Nikki et al. (Eds.), Proceedings from the 45th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society (pp. 73–88). Chicago, IL.
Jesse Harris
Jesse Harris
Associate Professor of Linguistics

My research interests center on how syntactic and semantic representations are constructed during online sentence processing.