SAVANT team presented their research at a public event on Friday, May 20th in Ljubljana
The event was attended by Her Excellency Mrs. Tiffany Sadler, U.K. Ambassador to Slovenia, and Her Excellency Mrs. Namrata Kumar, Indian Ambassador to Slovenia, who each gave a brief address to the audience about the importance of international scientific collaboration, and the value of linguistic diversity.
Summer School is back for 2023!
We are happy to announce that our annual Neurolinguistics Summer School is back! This year the Summer School will be run with undergraduate students from Queen Mary University of London.
For more information checkout our Summer School page.
New Team Presentations at Society for the Neurobiology of Language (SNL)
Our team members recently presented their work at the Society for the Neurobiology of Language (SNL) conference in Philadelphia, United States of America. They presented research on various topics related to language processing.
Swarnendu Moitra, Dustin Alfonso Chacón, and Linnaea Stockall presented a poster titled “How long is long? – M100 response in Bangla tracks number of phonemes not graphemes or glyphs.”
Samantha Wray, Suhail Matar, Alec Marantz, and Linnaea Stockall presented a poster titled “Localizing early visual word processing for Arabic script.” Their research explores the localization of early visual word processing in Arabic script.
Dave Cayado, Samantha Wray, and Linnaea Stockall also presented a poster titled “Localising and Investigating Morphological Decomposition in Tagalog: an MEG study.”
New Team Presentations at the 9th Annual Conference of Cognitive Science (ACCS9)
Swarnendu Moitra presented his work at the 9th Annual Conference of Cognitive Science (ACCS9) held in New Delhi, India, in December 2022. The poster presentation and talk was titled “How long is long? An MEG study of M100 response in tracking word length in Bangla/Bengali”.
New Team Presentations at Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP)
Members of our team recently presented their work at the Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP) conference in York, United Kingdom. In their presentations, they showcased their research on various languages, including Tagalog and Slovenian.
Dave Cayado, Samantha Wray, and Linnaea Stockall gave two presentations: “Breaking down: Tagalog infixed, prefixed, and suffixed words are automatically decomposed in visual word processing” and “Morphological Recomposition in Tagalog: support for a two-stage model.“
Swarnendu Moitra, Dustin Alfonso Chacón, and Linnaea Stockall presented a poster titled “Morphological recomposition and the concrete/abstract distinction in Bangla.“
Finally, Bojana Ristić, Karin Kavčič, Rok Žaucer, Linnaea Stockall, and Christina Manouilidou gave a presentation titled “Category vs. semantic violations in prefix attachment in Slovenian.“
New Paper: Early Form-Based Morphological Decomposition in Tagalog: MEG Evidence from Reduplication, Infixation, and Circumfixation
This groundbreaking study is the first ever to investigate how the morphological processes of Reduplication, Infixation and Circumfixation are parsed using Magnetoencephalography to measure brain responses. The overwhelming majority of research on morphological processing has been restricted to Indo-European languages, in which Reduplication, Infixation and Circumfixation are not present. But these are all perfectly normal and common ways of building complex words in Tagalog and many related Austronesian languages. In this experiment, we have discovered that reduplicated prefixes, infixes, and circumfixes all trigger the same early, form based morphological decomposition mechanisms previously only observed for prefixes and suffixes in languages like English and Greek. MMMRG PhD student, and Tagalog native speaker, Dave Kenneth Cayado is building on these initial results in his PhD research, and we are conducting a follow up study to investigate morphological re-composition as part of our SAVANT project.
Wray, S., Stockall, L., & Marantz, A. (2022). Early Form-Based Morphological Decomposition in Tagalog: MEG Evidence from Reduplication, Infixation, and Circumfixation. Neurobiology of Language, 3(2), 235-255.