Meera Saeed Al Kaabi

Doctoral Student

I am a PhD candidate in Linguistics at New York University. My research interests span morphology, morphosyntax, neurolinguistics, and agrammatism. My recent work is on Arabic non-linear morphology and particularly on the concepts of roots and templates. I did my undergraduate studies in English language and literature at the United Arab Emirates University in the UAE. I received my M.A in Linguistics from NYU, and I am currently working on my PhD dissertation where I am planning to run priming and neurophysiological experiments on the verbal morphology of Emirati Arabic (the variety of Arabic spoken in the UAE).   personal webpage

Neuroscience of Language Lab Publications


Westerlund, M., Kastner, I., Al Kaabi, M., & Pylkkänen, L. (2015). The LATL as locus of composition: MEG evidence from English and Arabic. Brain and Language, 141, 124-134. DOI:

Neuroscience of Language Lab Posters & Presentations


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.


Al Kaabi, M., & Pylkkänen, L. (2014, April). Building Phrases vs. Words: An MEG Investigation. Poster presented at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Boston, MA.

Kastner, I., Westerlund, M., Al Kaabi, M., Pylkkänen, L. (2014, February). The Left Anterior Temporal Lobe as Locus of Combinatory Language Processing: MEG Evidence from English and Arabic. Talk presented at the NYUAD Annual Research Conference 2014, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.