Isabella Fritz

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
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I work as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant on the experimental strand of our Journey of words: Manuscript to Mind project which combines psycho- and neurolinguistic investigations with historical linguistic analyses.

Using behavioural methods and EEG, I am investigating how learners of English who have Dutch or German as a first language process Romance loanwords that differ in pronunciation across the three languages. In particular, I am interested in the influence of stress patterns on language processing.

Before joining the Language and Brain Lab in September 2020, I worked on different levels of language processing.

As a PostDoc at NTNU in Trondheim (Norway), I investigated semantic and syntactic composition looking at how our brain combines single words in order to make sense of phrases and sentences.

For my PhD studies at the University of Birmingham, I conducted experiments investigating how iconic gestures and speech interact during discourse comprehension and sentence production.


Selected publications:

Fritz, I., & Baggio, G. (2021). Neural and behavioural effects of typicality, denotation and composition in an adjective–noun combination task. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience.

Fritz, I., Lahiri, A., & Kotzor, S. (2021). The role of metrical stress differences in learner word recognition. ExLing 2021: pp. 85-88.

Fritz, I., Kita, S., Littlemore, J., & Krott, A. (2021). Multimodal language processing: How preceding discourse constrains gesture interpretation and affects gesture integration when gestures do not synchronise with semantic affiliates. Journal of Memory and Language, 117, 104191.

Fritz I., & Baggio, G. (2020). Meaning composition in minimal phrasal contexts: Distinct ERP effects of intensionality and denotation, Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 1-19.

Olstad, A. M. H. *, Fritz, I. *, & Baggio, G. (2020). Composition decomposed: Distinct neural mechanisms support processing of nouns in modification and predication contexts. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 46(11), pp. 2193-2206.
*equal contribution

Fritz I., Kita S., Littlemore J., & Krott A. (2019). Information packaging in speech shapes information packaging in gesture: The role of speech planning units in the coordination of speech-gesture production. Journal of Memory and Language, 104, 56-69.

Vulchanova M., Vulchanov V., Fritz I. & Milburn E. (2019). Language and perception: introduction to the special issue speakers and listeners in the visual world. Journal of Cultural Cognitive Science. 1-10.