Polinsky Language Sciences Lab

The Polinsky Language Sciences Lab examines questions of language structure and its effect on the ways in which people use and process language in real time. The lab engages in interdisciplinary research projects; offers linguistic research capabilities for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and visitors; and builds relationships with the linguistic communities worldwide in which it does its research.  Members of the lab combine advances in cognitive science with investigations into language diversity, and the lab places a particular emphasis on novel experimental evidence that facilitates the construction of linguistic theory. The lab has a strong cross-linguistic focus, drawing upon English, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mayan languages, Austronesian languages, languages of the Caucasus, and others, and believes that challenging existing theories with data from as broad a range of languages as possible is a crucial component of the successful development of language science. External collaborations established by the lab also serve to promote language study, documentation, and preservation in indigenous communities.