Regular Faculty

Jean E Fox Tree
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Psychology Department
  • Phone
    831-459-5181, 831-459-5084
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Social Sciences 2, Room 353
  • Office Hours Mondays 10-11am and by appointment (Fall 2018)
  • Mail Stop Psychology Faculty Services
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Psycholinguistics, Cognition, Cognitive Science, Psychology, Human Computer Interaction, Language Processing, Speech
  • Courses Taught Psych 125: Psychology of Language, Psych 139H: Weird Science, Psych 224B: Proseminar: Cognitive II, Psych 230: Research in Cognitive Psychology Seminar

Summary of Expertise

Psycholinguistics: production and comprehension of spontaneous speech, disfluencies and discourse markers in speech, listeners' interpretations of speech.

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.