Alec Marantz

Silver Professor of Linguistics and Psychology

Alec Marantz is a Silver Professor of Linguistics and Psychology at NYU, which he joined in 2006 from MIT, where he had been Head of the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy and the Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Linguistics. He served as Chair of the Linguistics department at NYU from 2007-2013.

Co-founder of the theory of the architecture of grammar known as Distributed Morphology, Professor Marantz is world-renowned for his work on morphology and syntax, and more recently, his work on neurolinguistics, carried out at NYU in Neuroscience of Language Lab (NeLLab), located jointly in the Departments of Linguistics and Psychology. Within NeLLab, Marantz focuses on word structure and innovative MEG (magnetoencephalography) methods for functional neuroimaging. Integrating linguistic theory and psycholinguistic models with observed neural activity in the brain, this work explores: how the ability to use natural language is implemented in the brain; how the brain mediates the most critical aspects of our communication system; and which properties of the mind/brain facilitate the seemingly effortless human processing of language. Existing research in this field is typically based on the English language. Therefore, a particularly innovative aspect of Marantz's work is located in the NYU Abu Dhabi site of NeLLab, the lab's location in Abu Dhabi. This has a focus on speakers of Arabic, a language of special importance for the study of the neural correlates of linguistic representations and computations, as well as many other languages, such as Hindi, Greek, Hebrew, and Tagalog.

This work has resulted in an impressive list of publications in prestigious journals and marks Marantz as one of NYU's most high profile world-class scholars in an important, cutting-edge and rapidly-developing new field.

marantz@nyu.edu

Publications: 2000 - present

Accepted

King, J., Linzen, T. & Marantz, A. Syntactic categories as lexical features or syntactic heads: an MEG approach. To appear in Linguistic Inquiry.

In Press

Gaston, P. & Marantz, A. The time course of contextual cohort effects in auditory processing of category-ambiguous words: MEG evidence for a single "clash" as noun or verb. In press in Language, Cognition and Neuroscience.

Sharpe, V. & Marantz, A. Revisiting form typicality of nouns and verbs: usage versus category. In press in The Mental Lexicon.

2017

Wood, J. & Marantz, A. The interpretation of external arguments. In Roberta D’Alessandro, Irene Franco and Ángel J. Gallego [eds.] The Verbal Domain, 255–278. Oxford University Press.

Oltra-Massuet, I., Sharpe, V., Neophytou, K., & Marantz, A. (2017). Syntactic priming as a test of argument structure: A self-paced reading experiment. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1311. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01311

Gwilliams, L., Linzen, T., Poeppel, D., & Marantz, A. (2017). In spoken word recognition the future predicts the past. bioRxiv, 150-151. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1101/150151

2016

Oseki, Y. & Marantz, A. (2016). Computation modeling of hierarchical morphological structures (Thought and Language). 電子情報通信学会技術研究報告= IEICE technical report: 信学技報, 116(159), 65-69.

Marantz, A. Chapter 13 Morphology. In Steve Small and Greg Hickok, eds., Neurobiology of Language, 153-163. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780124077942000134

Gwilliams, L., Lewis, G., and Marantz, A. (2016). Functional characterisation of letter-specific responses in time, space and current polarity using magnetoencephalography. NeuroImage, 132, 320-333.

2015

Fruchter, J.*, Linzen, T.*, Westerlund, M., & Marantz, A. (2015) (*Denotes equal contribution). Lexical preactivation in basic linguistic phrases. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/jocn_a_00822

Fruchter, J., & Marantz, A. (2015). Decomposition, Lookup, and Recombination: MEG evidence for the Full Decomposition model of complex visual word recognition. Brain and Language, 143, 81-96. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bandl.2015.03.001

Gwilliams, L., & Marantz, A. (2015). Tracking non-linear prediction in a linear speech stream: Influence of morphological structure on spoken word recognition. Brain and Language, 147, 1-13. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bandl.2015.04.006

2014

Ettinger, A., Linzen, T., & Marantz, A. (2014). The role of morphology in phoneme prediction: Evidence from MEG. Brain and Language, 129, 14-23. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bandl.2013.11.004

2013

Fruchter, J., Stockall, L., & Marantz, A. (2013). MEG masked priming evidence for form-based decomposition of irregular verbs. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 22. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2013.00798

Linzen, T., Marantz, A., & Pylkkänen, L. (2013). Syntactic context effects in single word recognition: An MEG study. The Mental Lexicon, 8(2), 117-139. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/ml.8.2.01lin

Marantz, A. (2013). No escape from morphemes in morphological processing. Language and Cognitive Processes, 28(7), 905-916. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01690965.2013.779385

Marantz, A. (2013). Verbal argument structure: Events and participants. Lingua (130), 152-168. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lingua.2012.10.012.

2012

Marantz, A. (2012). Locality Domains for Contextual Allomorphy across the Interfaces. In O. Matushansky and A. Marantz (Eds.), Distributed Morphology Today (95-115). Cambridge, MA.: MIT Press.

Simon, D. A., Lewis, G., & Marantz, A. (2012). Disambiguating form and lexical frequency effects in MEG responses using homonyms. Language and Cognitive Processes, 27(2), 275-287. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01690965.2011.607712

2011

Hsu, C.-H., Lee, C.-Y., & Marantz, A. (2011). Effects of visual complexity and sublexical information in the occipitotemporal cortex in the reading of Chinese phonograms: a single-trial analysis with MEG. Brain and Language, 117(1), 1-11. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bandl.2010.10.002

Lewis, G., Solomyak, O., & Marantz, A. (2011). The neural basis of obligatory decomposition of suffixed words. Brain and Language, 118(3), 118-127. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bandl.2011.04.004

2010

Froud, K., Titone, D., Marantz, A., & Levy, D. L. (2010). Brain/behavior asymmetry in schizophrenia: A MEG study of cross-modal semantic priming. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 23(3), 223-239. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jneuroling.2009.03.001

Solomyak, O., & Marantz, A. (2010). Evidence for early morphological decomposition in visual word recognition: A single-trial correlational MEG study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22(9), 2042-2057. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/jocn.2009.21296

2009

Solomyak, O., & Marantz, A. (2009). Lexical access in early stages of visual word processing: A single-trial correlational MEG study of heteronym recognition. Brain and Language, 108(3), 191-196. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bandl.2008.09.004

2008

Embick, D., & Marantz, A. (2008). Architecture and blocking. Linguistic Inquiry, 39(1), 1-53. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/ling.2008.39.1.1

Halle, M., & Marantz, A. (2008). Clarifying "blur:" paradigms, defaults, and inflectional classes. In A.Bachrach and A. Nevins (Eds.), Inflectional Identity (pp.55-72). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2007

Hacquard, V., Walter, M. A., & Marantz, A. (2007). The effects of inventory on vowel perception in French and Spanish: an MEG study. Brain and Language, 100(3), 295-300. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bandl.2006.04.009

Marantz, A. (2007). Phases and words. In S.H. Choe (Ed.), Phases in the Theory of Grammar (pp. 191-222). Soeul: Dong-In Publishing Co.

2006

Stockall, L., & Marantz, A. (2006). A single route, full decomposition model of morphological complexity: MEG evidence. The Mental Lexicon, 1(1), 85-123. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/ml.1.1.07sto

2005

Embick, D., & Marantz, A. (2005). Cognitive neuroscience and the English past tense: Comments on the paper by Ullman et al. Brain and Language, 93, 243-247. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bandl.2004.10.003

Marantz, A. (2005). Generative linguistics within the cognitive neuroscience of language. The Linguistic Review, 22(2-4), 429-445. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/tlir.2005.22.2-4.429

2004

Sekihara, K., Nagarajan, S.S., Poeppel, D., & Marantz, A. (2004). Asymptotic SNR of scalar and vector minimum-variance beamformers for neuromagnetic source reconstruction. IEEE Transactions of Biomedical Engineering, 51(10), 1726-1734. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TBME.2004.827926

Stockall, L., Stringfellow, A., & Marantz, A. (2004). The precise time course of lexical activation: MEG measurements of the effects of frequency, probability, and density in lexical decision. Brain and Language, 90(1-3), 88-94. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0093-934X(03)00422-X

Pylkkanen, L., Feintuch, S., Hopkins, E., & Marantz, A. (2004). Neural correlates of the effects of morphological family frequency and family size: an MEG study. Cognition, 91(3), B35-45. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2003.09.008

Sekihara, K., Nagarajan, S.S., Poeppel, D., & Marantz, A. (2004). Performance of an MEG adaptive-beamformer source reconstruction technique in the presence of additive low-rank interference. IEEE Transactions of Biomedical Engineering, 51(1), 90-99. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TBME.2003.820329

2003

Pylkkanen, L., & Marantz, A. (2003). Tracking the time course of word recognition with MEG. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 7(5), 187-189. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1364-6613(03)00092-5

2002

Sekihara, K., Nagarajan, S.S., Poeppel, D., & Marantz, A. (2002). Performance of an MEG adaptive-beamformer technique in the presence of correlated neural activities: effects on signal intensity and time-course estimates. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 49(12), 1534-1546. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TBME.2002.805485

Pylkkanen, L., Stringfellow, A., & Marantz, A. (2002). Neuromagnetic evidence for the timing of lexical activation: an MEG component sensitive to phonotactic probability but not to neighborhood density. Brain and Language, 81(1-3), 666-678. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1006/brln.2001.2555

Sekihara, K., Nagarajan, S.S., Poeppel, D., Marantz, A., & Miyashita, Y. (2002). Application of an MEG eigenspace beamformer to reconstructing spatio-temporal activities of neural sources. Human Brain Mapping, 15(4), 199-215. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hbm.10019

2001

Sekihara, K., Nagarajan, S.S., Poeppel, D., Marantz, A., & Miyashita, Y. (2001). Reconstructing spatio-temporal activities of neural sources using an MEG vector beamformer technique. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 48(7), 760-71. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/10.930901

Embick, D., Hackl, M., Schaeffer, J., Kelepir, M., & Marantz, A. (2001). A magnetoencephalographic component whose latency reflects lexical frequency. Cognitive Brain Research, 10(3), 345-8. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0926-6410(00)00053-7

2000

Phillips, C., Pellathy, T., Marantz, A., Yellin, E., Wexler, K., Poeppel, D., McGinnis, M., & Roberts, T. (2000). Auditory cortex accesses phonological categories: an MEG mismatch study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 12(6), 1038-55. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/08989290051137567

Embick, D., Marantz, A., Miyashita, Y., O'Neil, W., & Sakai, K.L. (2000). A syntactic specialization for Broca's area. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 97(11), 6150-6154. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.100098897

Liu, J., Higuchi, M., Marantz, A., & Kanwisher, N. (2000). The selectivity of the occipitotemporal M170 for faces. Neuroreport, 11(2), 337-41.

Invited Talks in 2016

February

Beyond Decomposition: How experiments might help shape morphological theory. University of Arizona Linguistics Colloquium, Tuscon, AZ.

May

Linguistics as Cognitive Science: Back to our Roots. XI Annual Joshua and Verona Whatmough Guest Lecture, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSZ4kl2SIu8

University of Connecticut Annual Lecture Series (4 lectures), Storrs, CT.

Invited Talks in 2014

April

Competition and Prediction in Word Processing: MEG Studies of Visual and Auditory Word Recognition. University of Pennsylvania Linguistics Speaker Series, Philadelphia, PA.

Competition and Prediction in Word Processing: MEG Studies of Visual and Auditory Word Recognition. Harvard Linguistics Circle Colloquium, Cambridge, MA.

Invited Talks in 2013

January

Words and Rules Revisited: Separating the Syntagmatic and the Paradigmatic in Morphology. USC Linguistics Department Colloquium, Los Angeles.

May

Linguistic Atoms: the neurobiology of form and meaning. Keynote talk with invited respondents, Queen Mary, University of London.

Locating the verbal root. Plenary Talk, 25th Scandinavian Conference of Linguistics, Rejkjavik, Iceland.

September

Words and Rules Revisited: Separating the Paradigmatic from the Syntagmatic in Morphology. Keynote Speaker, Workshop on Cognitive Neuroscience and Bilingualism, Consilider Brainglot Project, Barcelona.

November

Decomposing and Composing: MEG Studies of Complex Word Recognition. Academia Sinica Institute of Linguistics Colloquium Talk, Taipei, Taiwan.

Words and Rules Revisited: Reassessing the Role of Construction and Memory in Language. Keynote Speaker, PACLIC 27, Taipei, Taiwan.

MEG technology drives progress in cognitive neuroscience: the KIT/NYU Lab and Linguistics. Keynote Speaker, Workshop on MEG and Cognitive Neuroscience, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan.

Posters & Presentations: 2008 - present

2016

Gwilliams, L., Linzen, T., Neophytou, K., Poeppel., D & Marantz, A. (2016, September).Tracking lexical garden-path resolution with MEG: Phonological commitment and sensitivity to subphonemic detail are independent. Presentation at AMLAP 2016, Bilbao, Basque Country.

Gwilliams, L., Linzen, T., Neophytou, K., Poeppel., D & Marantz, A. (2016, August). Tracking lexical garden-path resolution with MEG: Phonological commitment and sensitivity to subphonemic detail are independent. Poster presented at the 2016 Society for the Neurobiology of Language Conference, London, UK.

Neophytou, K., Manouilidou, C., Stockall, L., & A. Marantz (2016, August). Processing of lexical category and argument structure information in deverbal adjectives: An MEG study on Greek. Poster presented at the Society for the Neurobiology of Language Conference, London, UK.

Sharpe, V., Reddigari, S., Pylkkänen, L., & Marantz, A. (2016, August). Granularity of prediction for English verb continuations. Poster presented at the Society for the Neurobiology of Language Conference, London, UK.

Gwilliams, L., Linzen, T., Neophytou, K., Warnke, L., Poeppel., D & Marantz, A. (2016, April). Early and asymmetric sensitivity to phonological boundaries and within-category variation across hemispheres. Poster presented at the 2016 CNS Annual meeting, New York, USA.

Gwilliams, L., Linzen, T., Neophytou, K., Warnke, L., Poeppel., D & Marantz, A. (2016, March). Phoneme ambiguity is reflected very early in primary auditory cortex. Poster presented at the 29th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Florida, USA.

Gwilliams, L. & Marantz, A. (2016, February). Taking Morphology Seriously: MEG Studies of Morphological Representations. Presentation at 17th International Morphology Meeting, Vienna, Austria.

Stockall, L., Manouilidou, C., Gwilliams, L. & Marantz, A. (2016, February). Un/Re-packing argument and event structure restrictions on prefixation: MEG evidence. Workshop on the syntax of argument structure: empirical advancements and theoretical relevance. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft, Leipzig, Germany.

“Syntactic priming as a test of argument structure: A self-paced reading experiment”, selected talk, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenshaft, Workshop on The Syntax of Argument Structure: Empirical Advancements and Theoretical Relevance, 24-26 February, Konstanz (Germany). I. Oltrat Massuet, V. Sharpe, K. Neophytou, A. Marantz.

Co-organizer, EXAL+ conference, NYU Abu Dhabi, January 16-17, 2016.

2015

Gwilliams, L., & Marantz, A. (2015, March). Decomposition of spoken Arabic words into root morphemes during processing: Evidence from magnetoencephalography. Presentation at the Linguistics in the Gulf 5 Conference, Doha, Qatar.

Al Kaabi, M., & Marantz, A. (2015, March). Subliminal speech priming on Emirati Arabic Roots: an MEG investigation. Presentation at the Neuroscience of Language Lab Workshop 2015, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Brooks, T., & Marantz, A. (2015, March). Lexical access: a multi-modal approach. Presentation at the Neuroscience of Language Lab Workshop 2015, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Gaston, P., & Marantz, A. (2015, March). Modulating entropy in syntactic context: an MEG study of noun/verb homonyms. Presentation at the Neuroscience of Language Lab Workshop 2015, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Gwilliams, L., & Marantz, A. (2015, March). Letter specific sensitivities in the brain: located in time, space and current direction. Presentation at the Neuroscience of Language Lab Workshop 2015, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Gwilliams, L., & Marantz, A. (2015, February). Non-linear processing of a linear speech stream. Presentation at the NYUAD Annual Research Conference 2015, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

2014

Gwilliams, L., Lewis, G., & Marantz, A. (2014, August). Revealing the cortical dynamics of letter string perception. Poster presented at the sixth annual Society for the Neurobiology of Language Conference, Amsterdam.

King, J., Linzen, T., & Marantz, A. (2014, August). Noun/verb entropy: an MEG study of word-level syntactic category ambiguity. Poster presented at the sixth annual Society for the Neurobiology of Language Conference, Amsterdam.

Linzen, T., Gaston, P., Gwilliams, L., & Marantz, A. (2014, August). Competition and prediction in the auditory processing of morphologically complex words. Poster presented at the sixth annual Society for the Neurobiology of Language Conference, Amsterdam.

2013

Brooks, T., Garcia, D., Marantz, A., Pylkkänen, L. (2013, April). Combinatorial Effects within Compound Words during Visual Word Recognition. Poster presented at the 20th annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.

Ettinger, A., Linzen, T., & Marantz, A. (2013, April). The role of morphology in phoneme prediction: Evidence from MEG. Poster presented at the 20th annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.

Linzen, T., Fruchter, J., Westerlund, M., & Marantz, A. (2013, April). Predicting the foreseeable future: MEG evidence for preactivation of predicted words. Poster presented at the 20th annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.

Ettinger, A., Linzen, T., & Marantz, A. (2013, March). The role of morphology in phoneme prediction: Evidence from MEG. Poster presented at the 26th annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Columbia, SC.

Linzen, T., Fruchter, J., Westerlund, M., & Marantz, A. (2013, March). Predicting the foreseeable future: MEG evidence for preactivation of predicted words. Talk presented at the 26th annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Columbia, SC.

2012

Linzen, T., Marantz, A. & Pylkkänen, L. (2012, October). Syntactic effects in single word recognition: evidence from MEG. Talk presented at the eighth annual Mental Lexicon Conference, Montreal, Canada.

Fruchter, J., Stockall, L., & Marantz, A. (2012, April). MEG masked priming evidence for early form-based decomposition of irregular past tense verbs. Poster presented at the 19th annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Chicago, IL.

2011

Fruchter, J., Stockall, L., & Marantz, A. (2011, November). Early decomposition effects during visual processing of past tense verbs: An MEG study using masked priming and single-word lexical decision tasks. Poster presented at the third annual Neurobiology of Language Conference, Annapolis, MD.

Lewis, G., & Marantz, A. (2011, November). The latency of lexical access in visual and spoken word recognition. Poster presented at the third annual Neurobiology of Language Conference, Annapolis, MD.

Fruchter, J. & Marantz, A. (2011, April). MEG evidence for recombination stage in full decomposition model of visual word recognition. Poster presented at the 18th annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.

Lewis, G., & Marantz, A. (2011, April). The effect of meaning entropy during auditory homophone recognition: MEG evidence for amodal lexical entries. Poster presented at the 18th annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.

2010

Fruchter, J. & Marantz, A. (2010, November). Neural correlates of the effects of semantic coherence and derivational family entropy on processing of morphologically complex words. Poster presented at the second annual Neurobiology of Language Conference, San Diego, CA.

Lewis, G., & Marantz, A. (2010, November). Affix frequency versus positional letter string frequency in visual recognition of morphologically complex words. Poster presented at the second annual Neurobiology of Language Conference, San Diego, CA.

2009

Lewis, G., Solomyak, O., & Marantz, A. (2009, October). The neural basis of obligatory decomposition of suffixed words: Tracking the "broth" in "brother". Poster presented at the first annual Neurobiology of Language Conference, Chicago, IL.

Marantz, A. (2009). Resultatives and re-resultatives: Direct objects may construct events by themselves. Paper presented at the Penn Linguistics Colloquium.

Marantz, A. (2009). Roots, re-, and affected agents: can roots pull the agent under little v? Paper presented at Roots: Word Formation from the Perspective of "Core Lexical Elements", Stuttgart.

2008

Solomyak, O., & Marantz. A. (2008, April). Evidence for early morphological decomposition in visual word recognition: A single trial correlational MEG study. Poster presented at the fifteenth annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.