Ellen Lau

I’m an associate professor in the Department of Linguistics and the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program at the University of Maryland. I serve as the Co-Director of the KIT-Maryland MEG Lab and collaborate with the Maryland Language Science Center. 

These days most of my work focuses, in one way or another, on the representational formats of linguistic and world knowledge and their neural implementation. In collaborations with different people this includes questions about the ‘working memory’ representation of syntactic structure in comprehension and production, the implications of non-lexicalist theories of linguistic knowledge for psychology and neuroscience models, the nature of the interface between linguistic representations and non-linguistic representations of world knowledge, and the qualitatively different means of formatting the same information that can arise in late learners of a language as compared to native speakers.

PhD students interested in working with me can apply through the Linguistics PhD program or the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) PhD program.