Laboratory for Cognitive Studies of Language

Zoya I. Rezanova, Doctor of Philology, Professor, Head of the Department of General and Slavic-Russian Linguistics and Classical Philology, Faculty of Philology, Tomsk State University

The Laboratory’s studies are interdisciplinary and bring together the efforts of specialists working in the field of cognitive science, psycholinguistics, experimental and corpus linguistics, natural language automatic processing, and language mathematical modeling

Areas of Research

Main aim of the Laboratory: Studies of mutual influences of linguistic and cognitive mechanisms on the processes of generation and perception of speech in native and second language; development of mathematical models for processing of language units and texts. 
Understanding the processes of interference at different stages of speech ability and mastery of native and foreign language helps to optimize processes of language education and communication practices in socially important areas. Mathematical modeling for cognitive processes in the processing of language stimuli is the basis for improvement of text arrays automatic processing systems.

Main Research Fields

  • Experimental studies of the role of the motor and physical experience in the processes of human language processing stimuli, modality impact on the perception of ways of conceptualizing native language and second languages.

  • Analysis of the cognitive processing of grammar and vocabulary of the Russian language as native and non-native (at different levels of bilingualism), including units of complex formal and semantic structures.

  • Studies of the influence of lexical and morphological specificity of language units on cognitive processes of perception, conceptualization and parameterization.

  • Cross-cultural studies on the influence of idioethnic originality of the Russian language on the cognitive processes of perception and categorization and cognitive effects of different types of bilingualism.

  • Studies of the influence of social and cultural factors on generation and processing of language and speech (age, gender and sociocultural differences).

  • Mathematical modeling of cognitive processing of language stimuli. Software development for psycholinguistic experiments.

  • Creation of databases for psycholinguistic experiments and linguistically annotated corpuses of texts.


Application of Scientific Results

Understanding the processes of mutual influences of linguistic and cognitive mechanisms at different stages of speech ability and mastery of the native and foreign languages will improve the methods of teaching languages and communication practices in socially important fields: mass communications, including political, ethnic and professional communications.

Mathematical modeling of linguistic and cognitive processing of language and speech is the basis for improving the systems of automatic processing of text arrays.


Russian and International Partners

  • The Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences; Russia;

  • Department of Psychology, University of Turku, Finland;

  • Central and Eastern European Center for Cognitive Science and Department of Cognitive Science and Psychology, New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria.