dskordos@ucsd.edu

Links to: Personal website / CV in PDF format

Positions

2016-current    Post-doctoral scholar, Language and Development Lab, Department of Psychology, UC San Diego (Adv. David Barner)

2014-2015        Lecturer of Psychology, College of William & Mary

Education

2008-2014  PhD in Linguistics, University of Delaware (Adv: Anna Papafragou)
2013-2014   Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Science, University of Delaware
2005-2006 MA in Linguistics, University College London, UK
2000-2004 BA in Linguistics, University of Ioannina, Greece

Research Interests

Language development;  logical and pragmatic inference in children; psychology of language; events, space and motion in language

Awards

Research

  • 2012 Dissertation Fellowship, Office of Graduate & Professional Education, UD
  • 2012 College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Doctoral Student Summer Scholarship, UD
  • 2010 Global Research, Internships, and Performances for Graduate Students Award, Office of Graduate & Professional Education, UD, co-sponsored by the Dept. of Linguistics & Cognitive Science and the Dept. of Psychology: A study of crosslinguistic event perception and description, using eye-tracking techniques. $3,000
  • 2009 Jean Berko-Gleason Award for best student paper in the Boston University Conference on Language Development 34, $100

Travel

  • 2013 Paula Menyuk Travel Award for the Boston University Conference on Language Development 38, $300
  • 2011 Paula Menyuk Travel Award for the Boston University Conference o Language Development 36, $300
  • 2011 Professional Development Award, Office of Graduate & Professional Education, UD, $500
  • 2009 Professional Development Award, Office of Graduate & Professional Education, UD, $500

Publications

  • (2016) Skordos, D. & Papafragou, A. Children's derivation of scalar implicatures: Alternatives and relevance. Cognition. 153: 6-18.
  • (2016) Landau, B., Johannes, K., Skordos, D., & Papafragou, A. Containment and Support: Core and complexity in spatial language learning. Cognitive Science.
  • (2016) Bunger, A., Skordos, D., Trueswell, J., Papafragou, A. How children and adults encode causative events cross-linguistically: Implications for language production and attention. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience. 31, 8: 1015-1037
  • (2016) Papafragou, A. & Skordos, D. Scalar Implicature. In J. Lidz, W. Snyder & J. Pater, (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Developmental Linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • (2014) Skordos, D. & Papafragou, A. Lexical, Syntactic and Semantic-Geometric Factors in the Acquisition of Motion Predicates. Developmental Psychology. 50: 1985-1998.
  • (2014) Skordos, D. & Papafragou, A. Scalar Inferences in 5-year-olds: The Role of Alternatives. Proceedings from the 38th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.
  • (2012) Skordos, D. & Papafragou, A. Lexical alternatives improve 5-yearolds’ ability to compute scalar implicatures. Online supplement to the proceedings from the 36th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, MA.
  • (2010) Skordos, D. & Papafragou, A. Extracting paths and manners: Linguistic and conceptual biases in the acquisition of spatial language. Proceedings from the 34th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

In Preparation

  • (in prep.) Skordos, D., Myers, A. & Barner, D. Non-linguistic alternatives in logical inference.
  • (in prep.) Skordos, D. & Barner, D. Inference in natural language.
  • (in prep.) Skordos, D., Johanson, M., & Papafragou, A. Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Linguistic difficulties in the acquisition of “between”.
  • (in prep.) Bunger, A., Skordos, D., Trueswell, J., Papafragou, A. Speech planning affects attention to events in 3-year-olds across languages.
  • (in prep.) Bunger, A., Skordos, D., Papafragou, A. Crosslinguistic effects of verb production and comprehension on attention and memory for motion event components.

Conference presentations

  • (2016) Myers, A., Skordos, D., & Barner D. Reasoning with alternatives in logical inference (poster presentation). To be presented in the 41st Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, MA.
  • (2015) Skordos, D., & Papafragou, A. Pragmatic inference in children: reasoning about scalar alternatives (paper presentation in the “Mechanisms of pragmatic development in language comprehension” symposium). SRCD Biennial Meeting 2015, Philadelphia, PA.
  • (2015) Skordos, D., Johanson, M., & Papafragou, A. When children fail to use syntax to learn novel prepositions (poster presentation). SRCD Biennial Meeting 2015, Philadelphia, PA.
  • (2014) Bunger, A., Skordos, D., Trueswell, J., & Papafragou, A. Developmental and linguistic influences on the cross-linguistic encoding of causative events. The 13th International Conference of the Association for the Study of Child Language, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • (2013) Skordos, D. & Papafragou, A. Scalar inferences in 5-year-olds: the role of alternatives. 38th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, MA.
  • (2013) Skordos, D., Johanson, M., & Papafragou, A. Complexities in Mapping Spatial Terms onto Spatial Referents: The Case of Between (poster presentation). SRCD Biennial Meeting 2013, Seattle, WA.
  • (2013) Skordos, D. & Papafragou, A. Implicit Contrast to the stronger alternative improves SI generation in 5-year-old children (poster presentation). Budapest CEU Conference on Cognitive Development 13, Budapest, Hungary.
  • (2013) Bunger, A., Skordos, D., Trueswell, J., & Papafragou, A. Crosslinguistic differences in event description and inspection in preschool speakers of English and Greek. Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Boston, MA.
  • (2012) Johanson, M., Skordos, D., & Papafragou, A. Syntactic and Observational Factors in the Acquisition of “Between” (poster presentation). Cognitive Science Conference for Graduate Students, University of Delaware.
  • (2011) Skordos, D. & Papafragou, A. Lexical alternatives improve 5-year-olds’ ability to compute scalar implicatures (poster presentation). 36th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, MA.
  • (2011) Skordos, D. & Papafragou, A. Context Effects on the Generation of Scalar Implicatures. Cognitive Science Conference for Graduate Students, University of Delaware.
  • (2011) Skordos, D., Johanson, M., & Papafragou, A. Acquisition of Spatial Terms (poster presentation). Graduate Student Forum, University of Delaware.
  • (2010) Skordos, D. & Papafragou, A. Extracting paths and manners: Linguistic and conceptual biases in the acquisition of spatial language. Cognitive Science Conference for Graduate Students, University of Delaware.
  • (2009) Skordos, D. & Papafragou, A. Extracting paths and manners: Linguistic and conceptual biases in the acquisition of spatial language. 34th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, MA.

Teaching

College of William and Mary
     2014-2015   The Study of Language; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics; Concept Acquisition; Communicative Development and the Social Mind; Language Disorders

Mentoring

Honors Thesis Committee Member (College of William and Mary)
          Aliya Ensign, Relational mobility and similarity of friends.
          Anna Marry, The binary stress pattern effect on extrametrical final syllables.

Undergraduate Research Assistants (University of Delaware)
          
M. Uretsky, N. Demers, C. Juers, L. Hoey, A. Myers, A. Kuchta, L. Diamant, J. Silver

Service

  • 2011-2016 Ad-hoc reviewer for Psychological Science; Cognition; Cognitive Psychology; Child Development; Mind  Language; Journal of Applied Psycholinguistics, Journal of Child Language; Journal of Experimental Child Psychology; Frontiers in Psychology; Journal of Semantics; Glossa; Language; Learning & Development
  • 2014-5 Member of the “Study of Language” Linguistics program steering committee, College of William and Mary
  • 2011 Graduate student representative to the Office of Graduate and Professional Education external review committee
  • 2010-2012 Graduate Student Senate representative to the Graduate Studies Committee
  • 2010 Department of Linguistics & Cognitive Science graduate and international student representative to the UD Path-to-prominence review committee
  • 2010-2012 Linguistics Association of Delaware Officer
  • 2010 Department of Linguistics & Cognitive Science graduate student representative for the College of Arts & Sciences candidate Deans interviews
  • 2009-2010 Graduate Student Senate representative to the College of Arts & Sciences Educational Affairs Committee
  • 2009-2012 Graduate Student Senator, representative of the Department of Linguistics & Cognitive Science

Languages

  • Greek: native speaker
  • English: native-like knowledge
  • German: good knowledge