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
F. Trecca, D. Bleses, M.H. Christiansen, H. Basbøll, A. Højen & T.O. Madsen
(2015, August).Listeners' Native Phonology Affects Segmentation of
Artificial Speech Streams. Poster to be presented at the
5th Conference of the Scandinavian Association for Language and Cognition
(SALC V), Trondheim, Norway.
McCauley & M.H. Christiansen (2015, November). Individual Differences in
Experience-based Chunking Predict Online Language Processing. Talk to be
presented at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Chicago, IL.
I. Arnon, S.M. McCauley & M.H. Christiansen (2015, November). Digging Up
the Building Blocks of Language: Age-of-Acquisition Effects for Multiword
Phrases. Poster to be presented at the 40th Boston University Conference on
Language Development, Boston, MA.
F. Trecca, D. Bleses & M.H. Christiansen (2015, November). When Too Many
Vowels Impede Language Processing: The Case of Danish. Talk/Poster to be
presented at the 40th Boston University Conference on Language Development,
Christiansen, M.H. & Chater, N. (in press). The Now-or-Never bottleneck: A fundamental constraint on language. Behavioral & Brain Sciences. [target article]
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.
Fitneva, S.A. & Christiansen, M.H. (in press). Developmental changes in cross-situational word learning: The inverse effect
of initial accuracy.Cognitive Science.
Vuong, L.C., Meyer, A.S. & Christiansen, M.H. (in press).
Concurrent learning of adjacent and nonadjacent dependencies. Language
Caldwell-Harris, C., Ladd, R., Dediu, D., Biller, A. & Christiansen, M.H.
(2015) Factors influencing sensitivity to lexical tone in an artificial language:
Implications for L2 learning. Studies in Second Language Acquisition,
Christiansen, M.H. & Chater, N. (2015). The language faculty that wasn’t: A usage-based account of natural language recursion. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1182. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01182.
Frost, R., Armstrong, B.C., Siegelman, N. & Christiansen, M.H. (2015). Domain generality vs. modality specificity: The paradox of statistical
learning. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 19, 117-125.
McCauley, S.M. & Christiansen, M.H. (2014). Acquiring formulaic language:
A computational model. Mental Lexicon, 9, 419-436.
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.
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: