lwbibc

Department of International Business Communication

Laura Winther
Balling
Associate professor
,
Ph.d.


Room: DAL/2Ø.079
Tel:
+4538153180
E-mail: lwb.ibc@cbs.dk
Primary research areas
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Word recognition and the mental lexicon
  • Translation process research
  • Experimental methods and statistics in linguistics
  • Sentence processing
Link to this homepage
www.cbs.dk/en/staff/lwbibc
Presentation

I'm fascinated by the fact that people can understand and produce language as quickly as they can – recognising 2-3 words per second. My research focuses on some of the mental processes that enable us to do this: I study the recognition of words and decoding of syntactic structure in both first and foreign languages. I also investigate the (even more complex) process of translation where translators must comprehend one language and produce another in parallel. I use experimental methods, including reaction time experiments and eye-tracking, to study this. Another, derived interest is experimental design and statistical methods for linguistic research.

I am the lab director of IBC's experimental laboratory, CogLab.

Courses
  • Statistics in linguistics and the humanities. PhD-course
  • Interlingual knowledge transfer, MA obligatory course
  • Words and texts in the their contexts, MA obligatory course
  • Oral communication. BA obligatory course, IMK
Supervision
  • Experimental studies of language processes
  • Statistics and experimental methods in linguistics and the humanities
Selected publications
  • Balling, L.W. 2008. Morphological Effects in Danish Auditory Word Recognition. Ph.d.-afhandling, Aarhus Universitet.
  • Balling, L.W. 2008. A brief introduction to regression designs and mixed-effects modelling by a recent convert. Copenhagen Studies in Language 36, pp. 175-192.
  • Jensen, K.T.H., Sjørup, A.C. & Balling, L.W. 2009. Effects of L1 syntax on L2 translation. Copenhagen Studies in Language, 38, pp. 319-336.
  • Balling, L.W. Reading authentic texts: What counts as cognate? To appear in Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.
  • Balling, L.W. & Baayen, R.H. Probability and surprisal in auditory comprehension of morphologically complex words. To appear in Cognition.
Publications
2016
Moritz Schaeffer ; Barbara Dragsted; Kristian Tangsgaard Hvelplund; Laura Winther Balling; Michael Carl / Word Translation Entropy : Evidence of Early Target Language Activation During Reading for Translation.
In: New Directions in Empirical Translation Process Research: Exploring the CRITT TPR-DB. . ed. /Michael Carl; Srinivas Bangalore; Moritz Schaeffer. Cham : Springer 2016, p. 183-210 (New Frontiers in Translation Studies)
Book chapter
2015
Laura Winther Balling; Kristian Tangsgaard Hvelplund / Design and Statistics in Quantitative Translation (Process) Research
In: Translation Spaces, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2015, p. 170-187
Journal article
Laura Winther Balling; Johannes Kizach / Surprised by Locality : An Eye-Tracking Study of Danish Double-Object Constructions.
Poster session presented at The 21st Annual Conference on Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing, 2015, 1 p.
Poster
Moritz Schaeffer ; Barbara Dragsted; Kristian Tangsgaard Hvelplund; Laura Winther Balling; Michael Carl / Word Translation Entropy : Evidence of Early Target Language Activation During Reading for Translation.
Paper presented at Technical Committee on Thought and Language (TL). 2015, 2015
Paper
2014
Laura Winther Balling; Kristian Tangsgaard Hvelplund; Annette C. Sjørup / Evidence of Parallel Processing During Translation
In: Meta, Vol. 59, No. 2, 2014, p. 234-259
Journal article
Sharon O'Brien; Laura Winther Balling; Michael Carl; Michel Simard; Lucia Specia / Foreword
In: Post-editing of Machine Translation: 
Processes and Applications. . ed. /Sharon O'Brien; Laura Winther Balling; Michael Carl; Michel Simard; Lucia Specia. Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2014, p. vii-viii
Preface/postscript
Jakob Elming; Laura Winther Balling; Michael Carl / Investigating User Behaviour in Post-editing and Translation using the CASMACAT Workbench
In: Post-editing of Machine Translation: 
Processes and Applications. . ed. /Sharon O'Brien; Laura Winther Balling; Michael Carl; Michel Simard; Lucia Specia. Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2014, p. 147-169
Book chapter
Sharon O'Brien (Editor) ; Laura Winther Balling (Editor) ; Michael Carl (Editor) ; Michel Simard (Editor) ; Lucia Specia (Editor) / Post-editing of Machine Translation : 
Processes and Applications.
Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2014, 335 p.
Anthology
Laura Winther Balling; Michael Carl / Production Time Across Languages and Tasks : A Large-Scale Analysis Using the Critt Translation Process Database.
In: The Development of Translation Competence: Theories and Methodologies from Psycholinguistics and Cognitive Science. . ed. /John W. Schwieter; Aline Ferreira. Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2014, p. 239-268
Book chapter
2013
Laura Winther Balling / Does Good Writing Mean Good Reading? : An Eye-Tracking Investigation of the Effect of Writing Advice on Reading.
In: Fachsprache, Vol. 35, No. 1-2, 2013, p. 2-23
Journal article
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