Research Scientist

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, WI

l.rissman AT wisc DOT edu


I am a cognitive scientist/linguist studying the mapping between semantic and conceptual knowledge. I investigate the extent to which cognitive biases lead different languages to be represented and learned in the same way.  I adopt a multi-method approach to understanding the nature of such biases, bringing together studies of adult semantic representation, cross-linguistic diversity, emerging sign languages and child language learning. I focus on the domain of event semantics, particularly concepts related to agency, instrumentality and causation.