Jean E Fox Tree

TitleProfessor
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentPsychology Department
Phone831-459-5181,
831-459-5084
Email
Web Site https://foxtree.sites.ucsc.edu
OfficeSocial Sciences 2, Room 353
Office HoursTuesday 12-1pm and by appointment (Spring 2016)
Campus Mail StopPsychology Faculty Services
Jean E Fox Tree

Research Interests

Jean Fox Tree is a cognitive psychologist specializing in psycholinguistics. She studies the production and comprehension of spontaneous speech and writing.

Projects in Professor Fox Tree's lab include studies of discourse markers (such as well, oh, I mean, and you know), enquoting devices (such as said and like), Spanish speech devices, and computer mediated communication.

Professor Fox Tree uses a variety of techniques to explore her areas of interest, including corpora analyses, reaction time experiments, questionnaires, referential communication tasks, and analyses of speech produced under controlled conditions.

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D., Stanford University
M.Sc., University of Edinburgh
A.B., Harvard University

Selected Publications


  • Discourse markers across speakers and settings. Language and Linguistics Compass, 2010, 3(1), 1–13.

  • Dunn, A. L. & Fox Tree, J. E. A quick, gradient Bilingual Dominance Scale. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 2009, 12(3), 273-289.

  • Fox Tree, J. E. & Mayer, S. A. Overhearing single and multiple perspectives. Discourse Processes, 2008, 45, 160-179.

  • Fox Tree, J. E. & Tomlinson, J. M., Jr. The rise of like in spontaneous quotations. Discourse Processes, 2008, 45, 85-102.

  • Folk notions of um and uh, like, and you know. Text & Talk, 2007, 27-3, 297-314.

  • Fox Tree, J. E. & Weldon, M. S. Retelling urban legends. American Journal of Psychology, 2007, 120(3), 459-476.

  • Placing like in telling stories. Discourse Studies, 2006, 8(6), 749-770.

  • Listeners’ uses of “um” and “uh” in speech comprehension. Memory and Cognition, 2001, 29(2), 320-326

  • Fox Tree, J.E., and Schrock, J.C. Discourse markers in spontaneous speech: Oh what a difference an “oh” makes. Journal of Memory and Language, 1999, 40, 280–295.

  • Fox Tree, J.E., and Clark, H.H. Pronouncing “the” as “thee” to signal problems in speaking, Cognition, 1997, 62, 151–67.

Courses Taught

Psych 125: Psychology of Language
Psych 139H: Weird Science
Psych 224B: Proseminar: Cognitive II
Psych 230: Research in Cognitive Psychology Seminar