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Isabell Hubert Lyall

Post-Doctoral Fellow & Assistant Lecturer

University of Alberta

Hello there!

I am a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Comparative Psycholinguistics at the University of Alberta, doing research at the intersection of extra-linguistic information and language comprehension with Dr. Juhani Järvikivi.

Elevator pitch: “Hey, did you know that how much disgust you feel when you think of touching dog poop tells us something about how your brain is likely to react to spoken language?1

I also work as an Assistant Lecturer, teaching, for example:

Recent & Upcoming Courses

  • LING 101 - Introduction to Linguistic Analysis (Online, Winter 2020)
  • STEP 2020 - Introduction to R for Experimental Data Processing (May 2020) cancelled due to CoViD-19; stay tuned for updates from the CCP!
  • LING 523 - Introduction to Statistics for Linguistic Data (Fall 2020)

ETSAB

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.


  1. This is a gross oversimplification & there’s a lot more to it. ^

Interests

  • Language comprehension
  • Extra-linguistic information & individual differences
  • Personality traits, political views, disgust sensitivity
  • Statistics & data visualization
  • Urbanism & urban transportation

Education

  • Ph.D., Experimental Psycholinguistics, 2019

    University of Alberta

  • MA, Linguistics & Web Technology, 2014

    Marburg University

  • BA, Anglophone Studies, 2012

    Marburg University

Skills

Statistics

R

LaTeX

Teaching

Pupillometry

Writing

Recent Work Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of Alberta

Jan 2020 – Present Edmonton, AB
I work in experimental psycholinguistics, researching individual differences & extra-linguistic information in language comprehension with Dr. Juhani Järvikivi.
 
 
 
 
 

Assistant Lecturer

University of Alberta

Jan 2020 – Present Edmonton, AB
I teach a fully online section of LING 101 (Introduction to Linguistic Analysis).
 
 
 
 
 

Public Service Intern

Government of Alberta

Jun 2018 – Nov 2018 Edmonton, AB
In this part-time graduate student internship placement through IPAC Edmonton, I contributed data analysis, journalistic writing, and photography.
 
 
 
 
 

Communications and Engagement Intern

City of Edmonton

Jan 2018 – Jun 2018 Edmonton, AB
In this part-time graduate student internship placement through IPAC Edmonton, I contributed research, data analysis, and report/journalistic writing.
 
 
 
 
 

Teaching & Research Assistant

University of Alberta

Sep 2014 – Dec 2019 Edmonton, AB
Over the course of my PhD program, I assisted in the delivery of many different undergraduate LING courses, such as 101 (Introduction), 204 (English Syntax), and 320 (Second-Language Acquisition), including marking assignments and exams and giving guest lectures. As a research assistant, I worked on developing the first OCR model for Northern Haida, and on experimental psycholinguistics.

Recent Volunteering

 
 
 
 
 

Vice-Chair

Edmonton Transit Service Advisory Board (ETSAB)

Jan 2019 – Present Edmonton, AB
ETSAB advises Edmonton’s City Council in transit-related matters. As the Vice-Chair, I assist in running our monthly board meetings, planning the agenda, contributing research to reports, and preparing presentations to City Council.
 
 
 
 
 

Board Member

Paths for People

Aug 2017 – Jun 2018 Edmonton, AB
I managed the organization’s facebook (>1,400 page likes) and twitter (>1,800 followers) pages together with the Executive Director(s), sharing relevant news and social content and increasing social reach and engagement, and assisted in event planning.
 
 
 
 
 

Board Member

Edmonton Transit Service Advisory Board (ETSAB)

May 2017 – Jan 2019 Edmonton, AB
ETSAB advises Edmonton’s City Council in transit-related matters. As a board member, I chaired several subcomittees, contributed research and writing, and presented reports to City Council.

Publications

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 …

Training & Quality Assessment of an OCR Model for Northern Haida

We are presenting our work on the creation of the first optical character recognition (OCR) model for Northern Haida, also known as …

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Listener’s Big Five Personality Traits Predict Changes in Pupil Size During Spoken Language Comprehension

Accepted poster presentation. Abstract to follow.

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 …

Materials

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!