Nathan Arnett


Department of Linguistics
UC Santa Cruz
1156 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95064


Psycholinguistics and syntax

My research deals mostly with sentence-comprehension, asking questions about the nature of structured linguistic representations and their interactions with memory access mechanisms. My recent work has focused on similarity-based interference in online dependency formation, parsing, and notions of (morphosyntactic) complexity.

Other interests

Morphology, prosody, and their interactions. Empirically, my interests lie in sign languages, Maltese, and English

I am a member of the UCSC Experimental Syntax and Processing Lab, the Morphology Reading Group (MRG), the S{yntax/semantics}-Circle, and the Crosslinguistic Investigations in Syntax-Prosody (CrISP) research groups.



Simulating subject-verb attachment in ACT-R, Poster presented at 89th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA). Portland, Oregon.


(with Matt Wagers) Case and position versus clausal information in subject retrieval, Poster presented at Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP). Edinburgh, Scotland.


(with Matt Wagers) Subject Encodings and Retrieval Interference, Poster presented at CUNY Sentence Processing Conference, 25, March 14-16, New York.


Editor (with Ryan Bennet) Proceedings of the 30th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 30). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.