Keio University: July 3, 2016

Invited talk on “Morphological computation in the mind/brain” at Keio University on July 3, 2016:

Morphological computation in the mind/brain

Anti-lexicalist theories of morphology such as Distributed Morphology (DM) explicitly propose that there exists only one computational engine to build both words and sentences (the so-called ”Single Engine Hypothesis”). In this talk, we exploit this theoretical proposal seriously to generate predictions and test them with psycho/neurolinguistic experimentation. The first half of the talk reviews our recent computational psycholinguistic experiment (with Alec Marantz) and addresses the question whether words are organized as hierarchical structures of morphemes, much as sentences are hierarchical structures of words. The second half of the talk presents neurolinguistic experiments (with Graham Flick, Amanda Kaczmarek, Alec Marantz, and Liina Pylkkänen) and asks whether the composition effects previously observed across words are also found within words in the same cortex and timing. The results of these experiments verify the predictions of DM, suggesting that morphology is syntactic in nature.

LSJ 152: June 25-26, 2016

Organizer/moderator of the workshop on “Theoretical linguistics and cognitive neuroscience: how are linguistic theories verified with neuroscience experiments” at the 152nd meeting of the Linguistic Society of Japan (LSJ 152) held at Keio University on June 25-26, 2016. The presenters of the workshop are Shinri Ohta (Juntendo University), Shota Momma (UMD), and Yohei Oseki (NYU). The commentators are Hiromu Sakai (Waseda University), Koizumi Masatoshi (Tohoku University), and Michiru Makuuchi (National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities).

Talk on “MEG and the neural basis of morphosyntactic processing” in this workshop.