Lau, E., Socolof, M., Clarke, N., Asatiani, R., Polinsky, M. (submitted). A subject relative clause preference in a split-ergative language: ERP evidence from Georgian. pdf

Schlueter, Z., Momma, S., & Lau, E. (submitted). No grammatical illusion with L2-specific memory retrieval cues in agreement processing.

Green, J., McCourt, M., Lau, E., & Williams, A. (submitted). Processing adjunct control: Prediction and the rapid use of structural information in reference resolution.


Lau, E. & Namyst, A. (in press). fMRI evidence that left posterior temporal cortex contributes to N400 effects of predictability independent of congruity.

Schlueter, Z., Parker, D., & Lau, E. (2019). Error-driven Retrieval in Agreement Attraction does not lead to Misinterpretation.

Matchin, W., Liao, C-H., Gaston, P., & Lau, E. (2019). Same words, different structures: an fMRI investigation of argument relations and the angular gyrus. Neuropsychologia. pdf

Lago, S., Namyst, A., Jäger, L., & Lau, E. (2019). Antecedent access mechanisms in pronoun processing: evidence from the N400. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience.

Delaney-Busch, N., Morgan, E., Lau, E., & Kuperberg, G. (2019). Neural evidence of rational adaptation of semantic predictions: a Bayesian model of trial-by-trial N400 amplitude during semantic priming. Cognition.

Kuperberg, G., Weber, K., Delaney-Busch, N., Ustine, C., Stillerman, B., Hamalainen, M., Lau, E. (2019). Multimodal neuroimaging evidence for looser lexico-semantic connections in schizophrenia. Neuropsychologia. pdf

Lau, E. (2018). Neural indices of structured sentence representation: State of the art. In Psychology of Learning and Motivation, Vol. 68. pdf

Matchin, W., Brodbeck, C., Hammerly, C., & Lau, E. (2018). The temporal dynamics of structure and content in the language network. Human Brain Mapping. pdf

Pelzl, E., Lau, E., Guo, T., & DeKeyser, R. (2018). Advanced Second Language Learners’ Perception of Lexical Tone Contrasts. Studies in Second Language Acquisition. pdf

Chow, W-Y., Lau, E.F., Wang, S. & Phillips, C. (2018). Wait a second! Delayed impact of argument roles on on-line verb prediction. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience. pdf

Schlueter, Z., Williams, A., & Lau, E. (2018). Exploring the abstractness of number retrieval cues in the computation of subject-verb agreement in comprehension. Journal of Memory and Language. pdf

Lau, E. & Liao, C-H. (2017). Linguistic structure across time: ERP responses to coordinated and uncoordinated noun phrases. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience. pdf

Matchin, W., Hammerly, C., & Lau, E. (2017). The role of the IFG and pSTS in syntactic prediction: evidence from a parametric study of hierarchical structure in fMRI. Cortex. pdf

Lago, S., Sloggett, S., Schlueter, Z., Chow, W-Y., Williams, A., Lau, E., & Phillips, C. (2017). Coreference and antecedent representation across languages. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition. pdf

Lapinskaya, N., Uzomah, U., Bedny, M., & Lau, E. (2016). Electrophysiological signatures of event words: dissociating syntactic and semantic category effects in lexical processing. Neuropsychologia. pdf

Neufeld, C., Kramer, S., Lapinskaya, N., Heffner, C., Malko, A., & Lau, E. (2016). The electrophysiology of simple phrase building. Plos One. pdf

Lau, E., Namyst, A., Fogel, A., Delgado, T. (2016). A direct comparison of N400 effects of predictability and incongruity in adjective-noun combination. Collabra. pdf

Barrios, S., Namyst, A., Lau, E., Feldman, N., Idsardi, W. (2016). Establishing new mappings between familiar phones: Neural and behavioral evidence for early automatic processing of nonnative contrasts. Frontiers in Psychology.pdf

Weber, K., Lau, E.F., Stillerman, B., Kuperberg, G.R. (2016). The Yin and the Yang of Prediction: an fMRI study of semantic predictive processing. Plos One. pdf

Chow, W-Y., Momma, S., Smith, C., Lau, E. & Phillips, C. (2016). Prediction as Memory Retrieval: Timing and Mechanisms. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience. pdf

McCourt, M., Green, J., Lau, E., & Williams, A. (2015). Processing implicit control: evidence from reading times. Frontiers in Psychology. pdf

Chow, W-Y., Smith, C., Lau, E. & Phillips, C. (2015). A ‘bag-of-arguments’ mechanism for initial verb predictions. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience. pdf

Lau, E.F. & Nguyen, E.T. (2015). The role of temporal predictability in semantic expectation: An MEG investigation. Cortex. pdf

Lago, S., Shalom, D., Sigman, M., Lau, E., Phillips, C. (2015). Agreement processes in Spanish comprehension. Journal of Memory and Language. pdf

Omaki, A., Lau, E.F., Davidson White, I., Dakan, M., Apple, A., & Phillips, C. (2015). Hyper-active gap filling. Frontiers in Psychology. pdf

Lau, E.F., Weber, K., Gramfort, A., Hamalainen, M., & Kuperberg, G. (2014). Spatiotemporal signatures of lexical-semantic prediction. Cerebral Cortex. pdf

Chow, W-Y., Lago, S., Barrios, S., Parker, D., Morini, G. & Lau, E. (2014) Additive effects of repetition and predictability during comprehension: Evidence from event-related potentials. PLoS One. pdf

Lau, E.F., Gramfort, A., Hamalainen, M., & Kuperberg, G. (2013). Automatic semantic facilitation in anterior temporal cortex revealed through multimodal neuroimaging. Journal of Neuroscience. pdf

Lau, E.F., Holcomb, P.J., & Kuperberg, G.R. (2013). Dissociating N400 effects of prediction from association in single word contexts. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. pdf

Sprouse, J. & Lau, E.F. (2013). Syntax and the Brain. The Cambridge Handbook of Generative Syntax. Cambridge University Press, UK.

Monahan, P., Lau, E., & Idsardi, W. (2013). Computational Primitives in Phonology and their Neural Correlates. Handbook of Biolinguistics, Cambridge University Press, UK.

Lau, E.F., Almeida, D., Hines, P., Poeppel, D. (2009). A lexical basis for context effects: evidence from the N400. Brain and Language. pdf

Wagers, M.W., Lau, E.F., & Phillips, C. (2009). Agreement attraction in comprehension: representations and processes. Journal of Memory and Language. pdf

Lau, E.F., Phillips, C., & Poeppel, D. (2008). A cortical network for semantics: (de)constructing the N400. Nature Reviews Neuroscience. pdf

Lau, E.F., Rozanova, K., & Phillips, C. (2007). Syntactic prediction and lexical frequency effects in sentence processing. University of Maryland Working Papers. pdf

Kazanina, N., Lau, E.F., Lieberman, M., Phillips, C., & Yoshida, M. (2007). Effect of syntactic constraints on long-distance dependency formation in backwards anaphora processing. Journal of Memory and Language. pdf

Lau, E. F., Stroud, C., Plesch, S., & Phillips, C. (2006). The role of prediction in rapid syntactic analysis. Brain & Language. pdf
**It’s important to be aware that a recent study by Kaan et al. (2016) has failed to replicate this finding. I am not currently pursuing further research on the early left anterior negativity myself given the related concerns raised about that broader literature by Steinhauer & Drury (2012).

Resnik, P., Elkiss, A., Lau, E., & Taylor, H. (2005). The Web in Theoretical Linguistics Research: Two Case Studies Using the Linguist’s Search Engine. Proceedings of the 31st Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, February 2005. pdf

Lau, E.F. & Ferreira, F. (2005). Lingering effects of disfluent material on the comprehension of garden path sentences. Language and Cognitive Processes. pdf

Ferreira, F., Lau, E. F., & Bailey, K. G. D. (2004). Disfluencies, Language Comprehension, and Tree Adjoining Grammars. Cognitive Science. pdf

Phillips, C. & Lau, E. (2004). Foundational Issues (review article for R. Jackendoff’s Foundations of Language). Journal of Linguistics. pdf

Conference Presentations (not yet in ms form)

Gaston, P., Lau, E., & Phillips, C. (2018). Resolving cross-method conflicts in the timing of cohort competition using jTRACE. 31st Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference. pdf

Green, J., McCourt, M., Williams, A. & Lau, E. (2018). Processing adjunct control: Rapid use of structural information in anaphora resolution. 31st Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference. pdf

Karatas, N.B., Gor, K., Slevc, L.R. & Lau, E. (2018). Complex sentence planning in L1 & L2 Turkish. 31st Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference. pdf

Karatas, N.B. & Lau, E. (2018). A morphological cue beats a semantic constraint in Turkish agreement attraction. 31st Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference. pdf

Lau, E., Clarke, N., Socolof, M., Asatiani, R., Polinsky, M. (2018). Early detection of conflicting constraints? ERP evidence from Georgian. 31st Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference. pdf

Liao, C.-H. & Lau, E. (2018). Extra time to get results? ERP data on complex predicates in Mandarin. 31st Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference. pdf

Schlueter, Z., Namyst, A., & Lau, E. (2018). Predicting discourse status: N400 effects of determiner expectation. 31st Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference. pdf

Schlueter, Z., Parker, D., & Lau, E. (2018). Things that should affect agreement attraction in comprehension, but don’t. 31st Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference. pdf

Hirzel M, Lapinskaya N, Lidz J, & Lau E. Syntactic constituency rate effects in EEG. Society for the Neurobiology of Language, 2017. pdf

Pelzl E, Guo T, & Lau E. Tuning in: adaptation to mispronunciation in foreign-accented language comprehension. 29th Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference, 2016.

Momma S, Luo Y, Sakai H, Lau E, & Phillips C. Lexical predictions and the structure of semantic memory: EEG evidence from case changes. 29th Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference, 2016.

Lau E, O’Rourke P, Namyst A, Darwish S, Dawson T. The impact of timing on lexical-semantic prediction in L1 and L2. Society for the Neurobiology of Language Conference, 2015.

Lau E, Weber K, Delaney-Busch N, Ustine C, Fanucci K, Hamalainen M, Kuperberg G. Contextual prediction in schizophrenia: Multimodal imaging evidence from a semantic priming paradigm. Society for the Neurobiology of Language Conference, 2012. pdf


Lau, E. The predictive nature of language comprehension. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Maryland. Chaired by Colin Phillips, co-supervised by David Poeppel.