Alessandro Lopopolo will defend his thesis Tuesday 12th of January 2021

06 January 2021
On Tuesday 12th of January 2021, at 14.30, Alessandro Lopopolo will defend his thesis entitled "Properties, Structures, and Operations: Studies on language processing in the brain using computational linguistics and naturalistic stimuli".
As with all defences, it is a public event, and everybody is welcome to join. Nonetheless, due to the restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, the event will be accessible only via live-stream.

Link to live-stream

During language processing, the brain receives a signal that is essentially sequential. The input unfolds linearly in time or space. Nevertheless, sequences of words are not all there is to support language understanding. In his thesis, Alessandro Lopopolo investigates the different types of sequential information, syntactic structures, and operations that are part of natural language processing. The central question is whether brain activity can be subdivided into different sub-components by using computational linguistic tools and neural data collected using naturalistic stimuli. 

Taken together, the results of his analyses show that the sequential properties of words, grammatical categories, and phonemes are likely to be processed by distinct areas of the temporal and frontal lobes. His results also suggest that the dependency and phrase-structure of sentences are likely to be computed by separate, yet interacting, areas of the left temporal lobe. 

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