Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login

New from Cambridge University Press!


Voice Quality

By John H. Esling, Scott R. Moisik, Allison Benner, Lise Crevier-Buchman

Voice Quality "The first description of voice quality production in forty years, this book provides a new framework for its study: The Laryngeal Articulator Model. Informed by instrumental examinations of the laryngeal articulatory mechanism, it revises our understanding of articulatory postures to explain the actions, vibrations and resonances generated in the epilarynx and pharynx."

New from Oxford University Press!


Let's Talk

By David Crystal

Let's Talk "Explores the factors that motivate so many different kinds of talk and reveals the rules we use unconsciously, even in the most routine exchanges of everyday conversation."

E-mail this page 1

We Have a New Site!

With the help of your donations we have been making good progress on designing and launching our new website! Check it out at!
***We are still in our beta stages for the new site--if you have any feedback, be sure to let us know at***

Dissertation Information

Title: The Electrophysiology of Language Comprehension: A Neurocomputational Model Add Dissertation
Author: Harm Brouwer Update Dissertation
Email: click here to access email
Institution: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Alpha-Informatica
Completed in: 2014
Linguistic Subfield(s): Psycholinguistics; Neurolinguistics; Cognitive Science;
Director(s): John Nerbonne
John Hoeks

Abstract: One decade ago, researchers using event-related brain potential (ERP) measurements stumbled upon what looked like a 'Semantic Illusion' in language comprehension: Semantically anomalous, but otherwise well- formed sentences did not affect the 'meaning-related' N400 component, but instead increased the amplitude of the 'structure-related' P600 component. This finding spawned five new models of language comprehension, which claim that language is processed in two or even more separate processing streams, at least one of which is not driven by structure, but by word meaning alone. In this thesis, I argue instead that language is processed in a single stream, where N400 amplitude reflects lexical retrieval, and P600 amplitude reflects semantic integration. I present evidence from neurocomputational simulations showing that this alternative, and most parsimonious explanation is able to predict the relevant ERP patterns found in the literature.