JunProf. Dr. Adriana Hanulikova
Adriana Hanulikova studied German Linguistics, Spanish and English Philology at the Humboldt University of Berlin and at the University of Wales Swansea. She received her PhD in Linguistics at the Humboldt University of Berlin. She worked as a staff scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen and as a Marie Curie fellow at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language in Donostia-San Sebastian. Her research includes topics such as speech perception, processing of foreign and regional accents, language aptitude, individual differences, and social aspects of language processing.
*Bien, H., *Hanulikova, A., Weber, A., Zwitserlood, P. (2016). A neurophysiological investigation of non-native phoneme perception by Dutch and German listeners. Frontiers in Psychology: Language Sciences 7:56. (*shared first authorship)
Hanulikova, A., Carreiras, M. (2015). Electrophysiology of subject-verb agreement mediated by speaker’s gender. Frontiers in Psychology: Cognition 6:1396.
Hanulikova, A., Van Alphen, P. M., Van Goch, M., & Weber, A. (2012). When one person’s mistake is another’s standard usage: The effect of foreign accent on syntactic processing. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 24 (4), 878-887. doi:10.1162/jocn_a_00103.
Hanulikova, A., & Weber, A. (2012). Sink positive: Linguistic experience with th-substitutions influences non-native word recognition. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 74 (3), 613-629. doi:10.3758/s13414-011-0259-7.
Hanulikova, A., Dediu, D., Fang, Z., Basnakova, J., Huettig, F. (2012). Individual differences in the acquisition of a complex L2 phonology: a training study. Language Learning, 62(Supplement S2), 79-109. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9922.2012.00707.x.
How the linguistic brain navigates the social world
Successful language comprehension entails the encoding of linguistic as well as nonlinguistic information, including social, physical or psychological markers of a speaker. The primary motivation for this project, then, is to investigate sentence processing (by means of EEG - electroencephalography) and how it is affected by the listener's social categorization of the speaker. This is an important question for two reasons: a) theoretically it is relevant to investigate when and how perceived speaker background helps or hinders language comprehension as a function of social categorization, and b) the question has social implication, because it allows to better understand the dynamics of inter-cultural communication.
The aim of this project is to establish a better theoretical understanding of the dynamics of language communication across speakers and varieties at the intersection of linguistics, experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience.