Guillermo Montero-Melis

Biography

I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Neurobiology of Language) and Stockholm University (Department of Linguistics), funded by a 3-year outgoing postdoctoral grant from the Swedish Research Council. Before that, I obtained a PhD at the Centre for Research on Bilingualism, Stockholm University.

My interest lies in how language shapes conceptual representations and conceptual processing. Is a concept less well defined or less stable when you lack a corresponding word? Is the perception of the same stimulus affected by how we would name it in our language? I investigate these questions in my project mainly by looking at cross-linguistic variation, cases in which the same situation in the world is described differently in different languages. My current project combines semantic vector space models with neuroimaging (fMRI) paradigms to explore how well the semantics of a language map onto the mental representations we can read out of the brain. A related line of research concerns what kind of semantic representations we acquire when we learn a new language and whether these differ from those we acquired in our mother tongue.

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