Language

RuCCS has a long and distinguished tradition of bringing together researchers of language across  the disciplines of cognitive science to systematically and scientifically investigate fundamental questions about language, such as:

  • What structures and patterns underlie linguistic competence and conversational exchanges between speakers and hearers?
  • How is language acquired and processed by various populations?
  • How is language mentally represented?
  • What are cross-linguistic universals, and how do we account for cross-linguistic diversity?
  • How are linguistic and cognitive development connected?
  • How do the sub-areas of linguistics (syntax, semantics, pragmatics, phonology) interact in linguistic comprehension and production?
  • How does language change, and how have linguistic capacities evolved?
  • What are the domain-specific and domain-general mechanisms at work in language?
  • What are the societal, clinical, educational, and technological applications of language research?

Language researchers at RuCCS are highly regarded at Rutgers and in the broader scholarly community. They actively present and widely publish cutting-edge language research, advise and professionally mentor students within and across departments, organize local and (inter)national workshops and conferences, and regularly advocate for public outreach and engagement related to language.

 

Affiliated Labs and Research Groups

 

Affiliated Faculty

  • Mark Baker

    Comparative syntax, linguistic universals, semantic roles, Amerindian and African languages.

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  • Kasia M. Bieszczad

    Neurobiology of learning and memory. Applies epigenetic, molecular, and electrophysiological techniques in animals to understand the basis of associative learning and memory determined by behavior; combines sensory neurophysiology (in the auditory system) with behavioral neuroscience to study how memory and perception intertwine.

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    Info Page | Cortex Learning Epigenetics & Function (CLEF) Lab Website

  • Andrew Egan

    I’m interested in intentionality in thought and language and how they’re related. I do work in philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, metaphysics, epistemology and rational decision theory.

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  • Matthew Stone

    Reasoning systems for natural language generation and human-computer interaction; formal models of plans, context and mutual knowledge, and linguistic meaning and interpretation.

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  • Simon Charlow

    Formal semanticist working on scope and binding, questions and indefiniteness, focus, dynamic semantics, continuations and monads, ellipsis, and their interactions, especially interested in using insights from other disciplines (in particular, theoretical computer science) to address fundamental questions in linguistic theory.

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  • Mariapaola D'Imperio

    My main research interests span from intonational phonology to prosody production and perception, within a Laboratory Phonology approach. More recently, my work has expanded to online measures (ERP, Eyetracking) of intonation and word processing/acquisition in both in L1 and L2, aimed at unravelling the impact of individual cognitive differences in linguistic production and perception.

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  • Kristen Syrett

    Language acquisition and development, semantics, syntax-semantics interface, pragmatics, prosody, representation and processing

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  • Bruce Tesar

    Computational models of language learning, phonology, Optimality Theory, the role of linguistics within cognitive science.

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  • Thony Gillies

    I work on stuff about how rational(ish) but imperfectly informed agents like us communicate about and operate in an unpredictable world like ours full of other agents. I like proving things (if it’s not too hard) so I tend to be interested in formal models of said stuff. I also have a hobby interest in various parts of the decision sciences.

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  • Ernest Lepore

    Philosophy of language and philosophy of mind.

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  • Paul Pietroski

    What are meanings? How are they related to concepts, grammatical structure, logical structure, and truth?

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  • Stephen Stich

    Nature and viability of commonsense (or "folk") psychology, moral cognition & moral reasoning and rationality.

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  • Dave Kleinschmidt

    Perception in a variable but structured world; computational modeling, human behavior, and cognitive neuroscience; speech perception/language comprehension; how perception is shaped by prior experience through learning and memory.

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  • Sharon Lee Armstrong

    Clinical Counseling Psychology

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  • Alex Borgida

    Development of languages and models for knowledge representation and reasoning.

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  • Julien Musolino

    Specializes in psycholinguistics and research focuses on language acquisition and language processing.

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  • Gerard De Melo

    Natural language processing, lexical semantics, deep learning, artificial intelligence, knowledge acquisition, multilingual language technology, data mining.

     

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  • Karin Stromswold

    Language acquisition and learnability theory; the cognitive and neural bases of language, language acquisition, and language processing; studies of sentence processing using neuroimaging.

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  • Veneeta Dayal

    Semantic theory and the syntax-semantics interface from a cross-linguistic perspective.

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  • Viviane Deprez

    Theoretical and comparative syntax of natural languages focusing on models of parameterization for deriving grammars from universal principles.

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    Info Page | Comparative and Experimental Linguistics Lab (CELL) Website

  • Michael Lewis

    Emotional development and the role of cognition. Cognition, attribution and psychopathology. Face-voice integration in ASD.

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  • Arnold Glass

    Computer models of syntactic parsing and language comprehension.

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  • Robert Krovetz

    Word sense disambiguation and lexical semantics; morphology; multiword expressions; applications of natural language processing to education and information retrieval.

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  • Craige Roberts

    I study linguistic semantics and pragmatics, and am also interested in closely related issues in the philosophy of language.

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  • Kenneth Safir

    Syntactic theory; explanation of anaphora crosslinguistically and across the boundaries of syntax, semantics, pragmatics and language acquisition; formal learnability theory as applied to language acquisition.

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  • Nuria Sagarra

    Psycholinguistics: linguistic and cognitive factors modulating morphosyntactic processing in adult learners (e.g., executive control, cognitive load, language experience), using behavioral (eye tracking, self-paced reading) and electrophysiological (ERPs) techniques.

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  • Liliana Sanchez

    Bilingual acquisition of syntax. Convergence and crosslinguistic influence in syntactic representations in bilinguals

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