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Felser, C. (2020). Do processing resource limitations shape heritage language grammars? Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 23, 23-24. doi:10.1017/S1366728919000397

Pañeda, C., Lago, S., Vares, E., Veríssimo, J., & Felser, C. (2020). Island effects in Spanish comprehension. Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics, 5(1), 21. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/gjgl.1058

Reifegerste, J., Jarvis, R., & Felser, C. (2020). Effects of aging on native and nonnative sentence processing: Evidence from subject-verb agreement in German. Journal of Memory and Language 111, 104083. doi:10.1016/j.jml.2019.104083


Felser, C. (2019). Structure-sensitive constraints in non-native sentence processing. Journal of the European Second Language Association 3(1), 12–22. doi:10.22599/jesla.52

Felser, C., & Arslan, S. (2019). Inappropriate choice of definites in Turkish heritage speakers of German. Heritage Language Journal 16(1), 22-43. [journal website]

Jessen, A., & Felser, C. (2019). Reanalysing object gaps during non-native sentence processing: Evidence from ERPs. Second Language Research 35(2), 285–300. doi:10.1177/0267658317753030

Lago, S., Gracanin-Yuksek, M., Şafak, D.F., Demir, O., Kırkıcı, B., & Felser, C. (2019). Straight from the horse's mouth: Agreement attraction effects with Turkish possessors. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism 9(3), 398-426. doi: 10.1075/lab.17019.lag

Lago, S., Stutter Garcia, A., & Felser, C. (2019). The role of native and non-native grammars in the comprehension of possessive pronouns. Second Language Research 35(3), 319–349. doi:10.1177/0267658318770491

Patterson, C., & Felser, C. (2019). Delayed application of binding condition C during cataphoric pronoun resolution. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research 48(2), 453-475. doi:10.1007/s10936-018-9613-4


Arslan, S., Bastiaanse, R., & Felser, C. (2015). Looking at the evidence in visual world: eye-movements reveal how bilingual and monolingual Turkish speakers process grammatical evidentiality. Frontiers in Psychology 6:1387. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01387

Arslan, S., & Felser, C. (2018). Comprehension of wh-questions in Turkish-German bilingual speakers with aphasia: a dual-case study. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics 32(7), 640-660. doi:10.1080/02699206.2017.1416493

Arslan, S., Gür, E., & Felser, C. (2017). Predicting the sources of impaired wh-question comprehension in non-fluent aphasia: A cross-linguistic machine learning study on Turkish and German. Cognitive Neuropsychology 34(5), 312-331. doi:10.1080/02643294.2017.1394284

Boxell, O., & Felser, C. (2017). Sensitivity to parasitic gaps inside subject islands in native and non-native sentence processing. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 20(3), 494–511. doi:10.1017/S1366728915000942

Boxell, O., Felser, C., & Cunnings, I. (2017). Antecedent contained deletions in native and non-native sentence processing. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism 7(5), 554-582. doi:10.1075/lab.15006.box

Clahsen, H., & Felser, C. (2018). Some notes on the Shallow Structure Hypothesis. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 40(3), 693-706. doi:10.1017/S0272263117000250

Cunnings, I., Patterson, C., & Felser, C. (2015). Structural constraints on pronoun binding and coreference: Evidence from eye movements during reading. Frontiers in Psychology 6:840. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00840

Drummer, J.-D., & Felser, C. (2018). Cataphoric pronoun resolution in native and non-native sentence comprehension. Journal of Memory and Language 101, 97-113. doi:10.1016/j.jml.2018.04.001

Felser, C. (2015). Native vs. non-native processing of discontinuous dependencies. Second Language 14, 5-19. doi:10.11431/secondlanguage.14.0_5

Felser, C., & Drummer, J.-D. (2017). Sensitivity to crossover constraints during native and non-native pronoun resolution. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research 46(3), 771-789. doi:10.1007/s10936-016-9465-8

Felser, C., Phillips, C., & Wagers, M. (2017). Editorial: Encoding and navigating linguistic representations in memory. Frontiers in Language Sciences 8:164. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00164

Gerth, S., Otto, C., Nam, Y., & Felser, C. (2017). Strength of garden-path effects in native and non-native speakers' processing of subject-object ambiguities. International Journal of Bilingualism 21(2), 125–144. doi:10.1177/1367006915604401

Jacob, G., & Felser, C. (2016). Reanalysis and semantic persistence in native and non-native garden-path recovery. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 69(5), 907-925. doi:10.1080/17470218.2014.984231

Jessen, A., Festman, J., Boxell, O., & Felser, C. (2017). Native and non-native speakers' brain responses to filled indirect object gaps. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research 46(5), 1319-1338.  doi:10.1007/s10936-017-9496-9

Lago, S., & Felser, C. (2018). Agreement attraction in native and non-native speakers of German. Applied Psycholinguistics 39, 619-647. doi:10.1017/S0142716417000601

Pan, H.-Y., Schimke, S., & Felser, C. (2015). Referential context effects in non-native relative clause ambiguity resolution. International Journal of Bilingualism 19(3), 298–313. doi:10.1177/1367006913515769

Patterson, C., Esaulova, Y., & Felser, C. (2017). The impact of focus on pronoun resolution in native and non-native sentence comprehension. Second Language Research 33(4), 403-429. doi:10.1177/0267658317697786

Reifegerste, J., & Felser, C. (2017). Effects of aging on interference during pronoun resolution. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research 60(12), 3573-3589. doi:10.1044/2017_JSLHR-L-17-0183

Reifegerste, J., Hauer, F., & Felser, C. (2017). Agreement processing and attraction errors in aging: Evidence from subject-verb agreement in German. Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition 24(6), 672-702. doi:10.1080/13825585.2016.1251550

Van de Koot, H., Silva, R., Felser, C., & Sato, M. (2015). Does Dutch A-scrambling involve movement? Evidence from antecedent priming. The Linguistic Review 32(4), 739-776. doi:10.1515/tlr-2015-0010


Clackson, K., Felser, C., & Clahsen, H. (2011). Children’s processing of reflexives and pronouns in English: Evidence from eye movements during listening. Journal of Memory and Language 65, 128-144. doi:10.1016/j.jml.2011.04.007

Clahsen, H., & Felser, C. (2012). The Potsdam Research Institute for Multilingualism. Linguistische Berichte 229, 99-116. [ PDF ]

Clahsen, H., Felser, C., Neubauer, K., Sato, M., & Silva, R. (2010). Morphological structure in native and non-native language processing. Language Learning 60, 21-43. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9922.2009.00550.x

Cunnings, I., Patterson, C., & Felser, C. (2014). Variable binding and coreference in sentence comprehension: Evidence from eye movements. Journal of Memory and Language 71, 39-56. doi:10.1016/j.jml.2013.10.001

Cunnings, I., & Felser, C. (2013). The role of working memory in the processing of reflexives. Language and Cognitive Processes 28:1-2, 188-219. doi:10.1080/01690965.2010.548391

Felser, C. (2012). Language processing evidence for linguistic structure. Iberia 4(2), 1-22. [ PDF ]

Felser, C., Cunnings, I., Batterham, C., & Clahsen, H. (2012). The timing of island effects in nonnative sentence processing. Studies in Second Language Acquisition 34, 67-98. doi:10.1017/S0272263111000507

Felser, C., & Cunnings, I. (2012). Processing reflexives in English as a second language: The role of structural and discourse-level constraints. Applied Psycholinguistics 33, 571-603. doi:10.1017/S0142716411000488

Pan, H.-Y., & Felser, C. (2011). Referential context effects in L2 ambiguity resolution: Evidence from self-paced reading. Lingua 121, 221-236. doi:10.1016/j.lingua.2010.08.003

Patterson, C., Trompelt, H., & Felser, C. (2014). The online application of binding condition B in native and non-native pronoun resolution. Frontiers in Psychology 5: 147. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00147

Radford, A., Felser, C., & Boxell, O. (2012). Preposition copying and pruning in present-day English. English Language and Linguistics 16, 403-426. doi:10.1017/S1360674312000172

Roberts, L., & Felser, C. (2011). Plausibility and recovery from garden-paths in second-language sentence processing. Applied Psycholinguistics 32, 299-331. doi:10.1017/S0142716410000421

Sato, M., & Felser, C. (2010). Sensitivity to morphosyntactic violations in English as a second language. Second Language 9, 101-118. doi:10.11431/secondlanguage.9.0_101


Clahsen, H., & Felser, C. (2006a). Grammatical processing in language learners. Applied Psycholinguistics 27, 3-42. doi:10.1017.S0142716406060024

Clahsen, H., & Felser,C. (2006b). Continuity and shallow structures in language processing. Applied Psycholinguistics 27, 107-126. doi:10.1017.S0142716406060206

Clahsen, H., & Felser, C. (2006c). How native-like is non-native language processing? Trends in Cognitive Sciences 10 (12), 564-570. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2006.10.002

Felser, C. (2004). Wh-copying, phases, and successive cyclicity, Lingua 114, 543-574. doi:10.1016/S0024-3841(03)00054-8

Felser, C., Sato, M., & Bertenshaw, N. (2009). The on-line application of Binding Principle A in English as a second language. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 12, 485-502. doi:10.1017/S1366728909990228

Felser, C., & Clahsen, H. (2009). Grammatical processing of spoken language in child and adult language learners. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research 38, 305-319. doi:10.1007/s10936-009-9104-8

Felser, C., & Roberts, L. (2007). Processing wh-dependencies in a second language: A cross-modal priming study. Second Language Research 23, 9-36. doi:10.1177/0267658307071600

Marinis, T., L. Roberts, C. Felser & H. Clahsen (2005). Gaps in second language sentence processing. Studies in Second Language Acquisition 27, 53-78. doi:10.1017/S0272263105050035

Roberts, L., Marinis, T., Felser, C., & Clahsen, H. (2007). Antecedent priming at gap positions in children's sentence processing. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research 36, 175-188. doi:10.1007/s10936-006-9038-3


Felser, C. (1998). Perception and control: A Minimalist analysis of English direct perception complements. Journal of Linguistics 34, 351-385. [WEBLINK]

Felser, C. (2001). Wh-expletives and secondary predication: German partial wh-movement reconsidered. Journal of Germanic Linguistics 13, 5-38. [PDF]

Felser, C., Clahsen, H., & Münte, T.F. (2003). Storage and integration in the processing of filler-gap dependencies: An ERP study of topicalization and wh-movement in German. Brain and Language 87, 345-354. doi:10.1016/S0093-934X(03)00135-4

Felser, C., Marinis, T., & Clahsen, H. (2003). Children's processing of ambiguous sentences: A study of relative clause attachment. Language Acquisition 11, 127-163. doi:10.1207/s15327817la1103_1

Felser, C., Roberts, L., Marinis, T., & Gross, R. (2003). The processing of ambiguous sentences by first and second language learners of English. Applied Psycholinguistics 24, 453-489. doi:10.1017.S0142716403000237

Felser, C., & Rupp, L. (2001). Expletives as arguments: Germanic existential sentences revisited. Linguistische Berichte 187, 289-324. [PDF]

Nakano, Y., Felser, C., & Clahsen, H. (2002). Antecedent priming at trace positions in Japanese long-distance scrambling. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research 31, 531-571. doi:10.1023/A:1021260920232

Books & edited volumes

Felser, C., Phillips, C., & Wagers, M. (eds.) (2017). Encoding and navigating linguistic representations in memory. Frontiers Media SA. ISBN 978-2-88945-132-6 [Colin Phillips' blog post]

Felser, C. (ed.) (2005). Experimental psycholinguistic approaches to second language acquisition. Second Language Research 21. doi:10.1191/0267658305sr253ed

Felser, C. (1999).  Verbal Complement Clauses: A Minimalist Study of Direct Perception Constructions. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins. ISBN 9789027299277 [reviewed in Language 77(3), doi: 10.1353/lan.2001.0163]

Book chapters

Felser, C. (in press). Eye-tracking and self-paced reading. In G. Goodall (ed.), The Cambridge handbook of experimental syntax. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Felser, C., & Jessen, A. (in press). Brain responses elicited by implausible fillers and filled object gaps in German. In V. Torrens (ed.). Typical and impaired processing in morphosyntax. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Felser, C. (2016, to appear). Satzverarbeitung bei türkischen Herkunftssprechern. In U. Koreik & A. Uzuntas (eds.), Sprach- und Kulturkontakte im deutsch-türkischen Kontext. [preprint]

Patterson, C., & Felser, C. (in press). Cleft focus and antecedent accessibility within the discourse unit: Evidence from eye movements during reading. In A. Holler, K. Suckow, & I. de la Fuente (eds.) Information structuring in discourse, Leiden: Brill.

Felser, C. (2018). Verarbeitung von Pronomen bei erwachsenen L2-Lernern. In S. Schimke & H. Hopp (eds.), Sprachverarbeitung in der Zweitsprache. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 195-220. doi:  10.1515/9783110456356-009

Felser, C. (2017). Syntactic ambiguity in real-time language processing and diachronic change. In M. Hundt, S. Mollin & S. Pfenninger (eds.), The changing English language: Psycholinguistic perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 271-291.

Felser, C. (2016). Binding and coreference in non-native language processing. In A. Holler & K. Suckow (eds.), Empirical perspectives on anaphora resolution. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Mouton, 229-253.

Paulmann, S., Ghareeb-Ali, Z., & Felser, C. (2015). Neurophysiological markers of phrasal verb processing: Evidence from L1 and L2 speakers. In R. Heredia and A. Cieslicka (eds.). Bilingual Figurative Language Processing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 245-267.

Felser, C. (2015). Syntax and language processing. In T. Kiss and A. Alexiadou (eds.). Syntax – Theory and Analysis. An International Handbook. Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science. 42.3, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 1875-1911.

Cunnings, I., Batterham, C., Felser, C., & Clahsen, H. (2010). Constraints on L2 learners’ processing of wh-dependencies: Evidence from eye movements. In B. VanPatten & J. Jegerski (Eds.), Research in Second Language Processing and Parsing. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 87-110.

Felser, C., & Wanner, A. (2001). The syntax of cognate and other unselected objects. In N. Dehé & A. Wanner (eds.) Structural Aspects of Semantically Complex Verbs. Frankfurt, Bern & New York: Peter Lang, 105-130. [PDF]

Felser, C. (2000). Aspectual complement clauses and the (un-)availability of Verb Raising. In H. Janssen (ed.) Verbal Projections. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 163-193. [PDF]


Arslan, S., Lago, S., Yanilmaz, A., Drury, J., & Felser, C. (2019). The processing of negative polarity items in Turkish-German bilinguals. In P. Guijarro Fuentes & C. Suárez Gómez (eds.), Proceedings of GALA 2017: Language acquisition and development (pp. 117-133). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Trompelt, H., & Felser, C. (2014). Variable binding and coreference in non-native pronoun resolution. In W. Orman and M. J. Valleau (eds.), BUCLD 38: Proceedings of the 38th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press, 471-483.

Radford, A., & Felser, C. (2011). On preposition copying and preposition pruning in wh-clauses in English. Essex Research Reports in Linguistics 60.2, Dept. of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex. 

Felser, C., & Britain, D. (2007). Deconstructing what with absolutes. Essex Research Reports in Linguistics 53 (pp. 97-134), Dept. of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex. [PDF]

Felser, C. (2004). Review of "Psycholinguistics: A resource book for students", by J. Field [2003]. International Journal of Applied Linguistics 14, 430-432.

Felser, C. (2001). Review of "Wh-Scope Marking", ed. by U. Lutz, G. Mueller & A. von Stechow [2000]. Journal of Germanic Linguistics 13, 274-280.

Felser, C. (1995). The syntax of verbal complements: a study of perception verbs in English. PhD dissertation, University of Göttingen.


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