Investigator, A-195, Individual Differences in Learning Potential for Language and Literacy
My research focuses on the interaction between biological and environmental constraints in the evolution, acquisition and processing of language. I employ a variety of methodologies, including computational modeling, corpus analyses, psycholinguistic experiments, neuroimaging, and molecular genetics. The goal is to develop a unified framework for understanding language across multiple time-scales: evolution, acquisition and processing.
Representative Publications [pdf]
Frank, S.L., Bod, R. & Christiansen, M.H. (2012). How
hierarchical is language use? Proceedings of the Royal Society B:
Biological Sciences, 279, 4522-4531.
Monaghan, P., Christiansen, M.H. & Fitneva, S.A. (2011). The
arbitrariness of the sign: Learning advantages from the structure
of the vocabulary. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General,
Chater, N. & Christiansen, M.H. (2010). Language acquisition
meets language evolution. Cognitive Science, 34, 1131-1157.
Misyak, J.B., Christiansen, M.H. & Tomblin,
J.B. (2010). Sequential expectations: The role of
prediction-based learning in language. Topics in Cognitive
Science, 2, 138-153.
Wells, J., Christiansen, M.H., Race, D.S., Acheson, D. &
MacDonald, M.C. (2009). Experience and sentence processing:
Statistical learning and relative clause comprehension. Cognitive
Psychology, 58, 250-271.
Christiansen, M.H. & Chater, N. (2008). Language as shaped by the
brain. Behavioral & Brain Sciences, 31, 489-558.
Reali, F. & Christiansen, M.H. (2007). Processing of relative
clauses is made easier by frequency of occurrence. Journal of
Memory and Language, 57, 1-23.
Conway, C.M. & Christiansen, M.H. (2006). Statistical learning
within and between modalities: Pitting abstract against stimulus
specific representations. Psychological Science, 17, 905-912.
Farmer, T.A., Christiansen, M.H. & Monaghan,
P. (2006). Phonological typicality influences on-line sentence
comprehension. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,
Christiansen, M.H. & Chater, N. (1999). Toward a connectionist
model of recursion in human linguistic performance. Cognitive
Science, 23, 157-205.
Christiansen, M.H., Allen, J. & Seidenberg, M.S. (1998). Learning
to segment speech using multiple cues: A connectionist
model. Language and Cognitive Processes, 13, 221-268.