Postdoctoral Fellow

Radboud University

Nijmegen, the Netherlands

l.rissman AT


I am a cognitive scientist studying language, specifically 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 cross-linguistic diversity, emerging sign languages, child language learning and adult semantic representation. I focus on the domain of event semantics, particularly concepts related to agency, instrumentality and causation.