Isabell Hubert Lyall

Research Assistant in Experimental Psycholinguistics | Vice-Chair ETS Advisory Board

Centre for Comparative Psycholinguistics (CCP)

University of Alberta

Hello there!

I am a newly minted Ph.D., working as a Research Assistant in Experimental Psycholinguistics at the University of Alberta and the Centre for Comparative Psycholinguistics. In my current work I am researching the influence of extra-linguistic information on language comprehension together with Dr. Juhani Järvikivi.

I am also the Vice-Chair of the Edmonton Transit Service Advisory Board (ETSAB), which does research and writes reports to advise City Council on transit-related matters.


  • Language comprehension
  • Extra-linguistic information
  • Individual differences
  • Urbanism


  • Ph.D., Experimental Psycholinguistics, 2019

    University of Alberta

  • MA, Linguistics & Web Technology, 2014

    Marburg University

  • BA, Anglophone Studies, 2012

    Marburg University








Recent Work Experience


Research Assistant

University of Alberta

May 2019 – Present Edmonton, AB

Course Instructor

University of Alberta

Jan 2019 – Apr 2019 Edmonton, AB

Public Service Intern

Government of Alberta

Jun 2018 – Nov 2018 Edmonton, AB

Communications and Engagement Intern

City of Edmonton

Jan 2018 – Jun 2018 Edmonton, AB

Recent Volunteering



Edmonton Transit Service Advisory Board (ETSAB)

Jan 2019 – Present Edmonton, AB

Board Member

Paths for People

Aug 2017 – Jun 2018 Edmonton, AB

Board Member

Edmonton Transit Service Advisory Board (ETSAB)

May 2017 – Jan 2019 Edmonton, AB


(2019). Dark Forces in Language Comprehension: The Case of Neuroticism and Disgust in a Pupillometry Study. In A.K. Goel, C.M. Seifert, & C. Freksa (Eds.), Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

PDF Slides

(2016). Training & Quality Assessment of an OCR Model for Northern Haida. N. Calzolari, K. Choukri, T. Declerck, M. Grobelnik, B. Maegaard, J. Mariani, A. Moreno, J. Odijk, and S. Piperidis (Eds.) Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2016; ISBN 978-2-9517408-9-1, pp. 3227-3234).

PDF Poster

Recent Talks

Dark Forces in Language Comprehension - The Case of Neuroticism and Disgust in a Pupillometry Study

We report on a pupillometry study that investigated the influence of two extra-linguistic variables, namely Neuroticism and Disgust …

Structure and Meaning - (Some) Recent Research in Syntax & ~Semantics

Guest lecture in LING 101 (Introduction to Linguistic Analysis) on how the comprehension of meaning and structure is influenced by …

It’s Personal and Disgusting - Extra-Linguistic Information in Language Comprehension

Our results suggest that extra-linguistic variables pertaining to the listener’s identity influence language processing.


How to Deploy your Hugo Academic Website on GitHub

A quick gist on how to deploy your GitHub-hosted Hugo Academic webpage when the public directory (i.e. the deployed website) is a submodule of the main source files directory/repo.

Textmining Friends: S1 E5 - The One with Valence, Arousal, and Dominance [Work in Progress]

We find out which are the most positive, arousing, and dominant words in Friends!

Textmining Friends: S1 E4 - The One with the TF-IDF's

We find out which are the most ‘defining’ words in Friends!