Theres GrüterProfessor & Graduate Chair
PhD, McGill University

Theres Grüter

Moore Hall 404

My research investigates how language users of all kinds – adults and children, monolingual and bilingual – process and learn language. I am particularly interested in how we integrate information from various linguistic (e.g., phonological, syntactic, semantic) and non-linguistic (e.g., event structure, visual information) sources, how we do so as quickly and successfully as we typically do in everyday communication, and how input and experience influence our language learning and use.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Sentence processing
  • Developmental Psycholinguistics
  • Childhood bilingualism

Selected Publications:

Grüter, T., Kim, J., Nishizawa, H., Wang, J., Alzahrani, R., Chang, Y., Nguyen, H., Nuesser, M., Ohba, A., Roos, S., & Yusa, M. (2023/FirstView). Language proficiency modulates listeners’ selective attention to a talker’s mouth: a conceptual replication of Birulés et al. (2020). Studies in Second Language Acquisition.    (published online 3/27/2023)

Grüter, T. (2023). Synthesis: Psycholinguistics across the lifespan. In A. Godfroid & H. Hopp (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Psycholinguistics (pp. 97-107). Routledge.

Hopp, H., & Grüter, T. (2023). The time-course of competition from the L1 grammar in L2 sentence processing: Evidence from cross-linguistic structural priming. Second Language Research, 39(1), 133-159.

Brown, J. D., & Grüter, T. (2022). The same cloze for all occasions?: Using the Brown (1980) cloze test for measuring proficiency in SLA research. International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching, 60(3), 599-624.  (accepted 9/12/2019, published online 11/17/2020)

Ling, W., & Grüter, T. (2022). From sounds to words: The relation between phonological and lexical processing of tone in L2 Mandarin. Second Language Research, 38(2), 289-313.

Kaan, E., & Grüter, T. (2021, Eds.) Prediction in second language processing and learning. [Bilingual Processing and Acquisition (BPA), 12]. John Benjamins.