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Bobby Ruijgrok


Dr. B.J. Ruijgrok
+31 71 527 2727

Fields of interest

  • Syntax-semantics interface in sentence comprehension
  • Event-related potentials associated with linguistic phenomena
  • Phonetics
  • Bilingualism
  • Aphasia


My project aims to investigate the underlying (neurocognitive) linguistic processes of ellipsis resolution, particularly gapping. Using the neuroscientific technique 'event-related brain potentials' (ERPs) I try to determine the time-course of ellipsis resolution. Ellipsis is a widespread phenomenon persistent in many of the world's languages and an adequate tool to examine non-lexical processing of meaning: interpretation of elided constituents requires a process of semantic recovery of a proposition. The question is what neural correlates constitute this process. In order to find out their effect on the resolution process, two dimensions, namely syntax and semantics, are taken as variables in several experiments. Dutch sentences in which syntactic complexity or semantic complexity are manipulated are explored. To control for prosody effects I conduct the experiments in both the visual and auditory domain.

Curriculum vitae

August 2012, MA (cum laude) in Clinical and Experimental Linguistics, Leiden University
August 2010, BA (cum laude) in General Linguistics, Leiden University

Research expertise

  • Methods of experimental research

  • Event related potentials associated with linguistic phenomena

  • Syntax-semantics interface in sentence comprehension


  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics
  • LUCL diversen


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