Laura Gonnerman

Associate Professor

laura.gonnerman [at] (Email)

Language and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab


BA German, Boston University
MA French, Middlebury College
MA German, Middlebury College
MA Linguistics University of Southern California
PhD Linguistics, University of Southern California

Research interests

My two main areas of interest are: 1) the structure of the lexical semantic system; and 2) the representation and processing of morphologically complex words in English and other languages. To explore these areas, I use a combination of research in normal adult processing, language loss in Alzheimer's disease and other disorders, connectionist modeling, and imaging.

Recent publications

Kolne, K.L.D, Gonnerman, L.M. (2014). Improving children’s spelling ability with a morphology-based intervention. In P. Bello, M. Guarini, M. McShane, & B. Scassellati (Eds.), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp.). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Blais, M-J., & Gonnerman, L.M. (2013). Explicit and implicit semantic processing of verb-particle constructions by French-English bilinguals. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 16, 829-846.

Rvachew, S., Marquis, A., Brosseau-Lapré, F., Paul, M., Royle, P., Gonnerman, L.M. (2013). Speech articulation performance of francophone children in the early school years: Norming of the Test de Dépistage Francophone de Phonologie. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 27, 950-968.

Kolne, K.L.D, *Hill, K.J., & Gonnerman, L.M. (2013). The role of morphology in spelling: Long-term effects of training. In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds.), Proceedings of the Thirty-Fifth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2766-2771). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Gonnerman, L.M. (2012). The roles of efficiency and complexity in the processing of verb particle constructions. Journal of Speech Sciences, 2, 3-31.

Blais, M-J., & Gonnerman, L.M., (2012). The role of semantic transparency in the processing of verb particle constructions by French-English bilinguals. In N. Miyake, D. Peebles, & R.P. Cooper (Eds.), Proceedings of the Thirty-Fourth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1338-1343). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Marquis, A., Royle, P., Gonnerman, L. & Rvachew, S. (2012). La conjugaison du verbe en début de scolarisation. Travaux interdisciplinaires sur la parole et le langage, 28, 2-13.

Almor, A., Aronoff, J.M., MacDonald, M.C., Gonnerman, L.M., Kempler, D., Hintiryan, H., Hayes, U.L., Arunachalam, S., & Andersen, E.S. (2009). A common mechanism in verb and noun naming deficits in Alzheimer's patients. Brain and Language, 111, 8-19.

Gonnerman, L.M., Seidenberg, M.S., & Andersen, E.S. (2007). Graded semantic and phonological similarity effects in priming: Evidence for a distributed connectionist approach to morphology. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 136, 323-345.

Gonnerman, L.M., (2007) Children’s recognition of novel derived words. In Caunt-Nulton, H., Kulatilake, S., & Woo, I. (Eds.) BUCLD 31: Proceedings of the 31st annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, (p. 251-261). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.