In the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at Cornell
University, we aim to produce a comprehensive account of
the evolution, acquisition and processing of language. Our research
is conducted within a unified framework for
understanding language across multiple time-scales: the
time-scale of thousands of years, over which languages
themselves evolve; the time-scale of years, over which children
acquire the language of their community; and the time-scale of
seconds, in which particular utterances are spoken and
understood. We approach language using a variety of
methods, including neuroimaging, eye-tracking, behavioral
experiments, corpus analyses,
and computational modeling as well as with different subject
populations, ranging from infants to adults with and without
Dr. Christiansen will be a keynote speaker at the
International Conference on Statistical Learning at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language, San Sebastián, Spain.
Dr. Christiansen was a plenary speaker at the
International Congress for the Study of Child Language, Amsterdam, the
Netherlands, July, 14-18, 2014. Click here to see a streaming
version of the talk.
Dr. Christiansen was a keynote speaker at
CoNLL-2014: the 18th Conference on Computational Natural Language
Learning, Baltimore, MD, June 26-27, 2014.
M.H. Christiansen (2015, February 20). Language Acquisition as Learning to
Process: The Importance of Chunking.Talk to be
delivered at the Modeling Workshop, ESRC International Centre for Language and
Communicative Development (LuCiD) at The Universities of Manchester, Liverpool
M.H. Christiansen (2015, March 12). Language Evolution as Cultural
Evolution. Talk to be presented at the symposium on Cognitive and
Evolutionary Approaches to Human Culture, Cornell University, NY.
M.H. Christiansen & P. Monaghan (2015, March 19). Arbitrariness and
Systematicity in Vocabulary Structure. Paper to be presented in a
symposium on Sound Symbolism: New Insights into its Role in Language
Development at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child
Development, Philadelphia, PA.
I. Arnon, S.M. McCauley & M.H. Christiansen (2015, March). Digging up the
Building Blocks of Language: Age-of-Acquisition Effects for Multiword
Phrases. Poster to be presented at 28th Annual CUNY Conference on Human
Sentence Processing, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.
M.H. Christiansen (2015, April). TBA. Invited speaker at the workshop
on Causality in the Language Sciences, Max
Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany.
M.H. Christiansen (2015, May 20). Sequence Learning and the Cultural
of Language. Invited talk to be delivered at the symposium for Learning
about the Vocal World: Deciphering the Statistics of Communication at the
Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methodology, Emory University, Atlanta,
Caldwell-Harris, C., Ladd, R., Dediu, D., Biller, A. & Christiansen, M.H.
(in press) Factors influencing
sensitivity to lexical tone in an artificial language: Implications for L2
learning. Studies in Second Language Acquisition.
Christiansen, M.H. & Monaghan, P. (in press).
Division of labor in vocabulary structure: Insights from corpus analyses.
Topics in Cognitive Science.
Dediu, D. & Christiansen, M.H. (in press).
Language evolution: Constraints and opportunities from modern genetics.
Topics in Cognitive Science.
Frost, R., Armstrong, B.C., Siegelman, N. & Christiansen, M.H. (in press).
Domain generality vs. modality specificity: The paradox of statistical
learning. Trends in Cognitive Sciences.
Vuong, L.C., Meyer, A.S. & Christiansen, M.H. (in press).
Concurrent learning of adjacent and nonadjacent dependencies. Language
McCauley, S.M. & Christiansen, M.H. (2014). Acquiring formulaic language:
A computational model. Mental Lexicon, 9, 419-436.
McCauley, S.M. & Christiansen, M.H. (2014).
Prospects for usage-based computational models of grammatical development:
Argument structure and semantic roles. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews:
Cognitive Science, 5, 489-499.
Monaghan, P., Shillcock, R.C., Christiansen, M.H. & Kirby, S. (2014). How
arbitrary is language? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society
B: Biological Sciences, 369, 20130299.
Hsu, H.J., Tomblin, J.B. & Christiansen, M.H. (2014).
Impaired statistical learning of non-adjacent dependencies in adolescents with
specific language impairment. Frontiers in Psychology, 5:175. doi:
Mitchel, A.D., Christiansen, M.H. & Weiss, D.J. (2014).
Multimodal integration in statistical learning: Evidence from the McGurk
illusion. Frontiers in Psychology, 5: 407. doi: