I’m a linguist and cognitive scientist, based at the University of Lausanne.
My work explores how the search for meaning changes the systems we use to communicate, using insights and tools from formal syntax, digital humanities and cognitive psychology. My recent work looks at how differences in one part of the system change how people use and perceive the rest of the system.
Before coming to Lausanne, I trained with the psychologist Reinhold Kliegl at the University of Potsdam, where I was a member of the SFB in language variability and a visiting lecturer in linguistics at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Before that, I did my PhD in linguistics at Cambridge with David Willis.
Recent talks Middle ratings rise regardless of grammatical construction, Stanford, 28th May
New paper Brown JMM, Fanselow G, Hall R, Kliegl R (2021) Middle ratings rise regardless of grammatical construction: Testing syntactic variability in a repeated exposure paradigm. PLoS ONE 16(5): e0251280. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0251280
Preprints Middle ratings rise regardless of grammatical construction / Blackholes and subextraction from adjuncts in English and Norwegian
Research by project Change and satiation within rating studies / Structural Couplets and locality / Individual differences and varieties of German / Training ungrammatical constructions / CICEL: a theory of Change in Computational and Experimental Linguistics / Age Grading in rating studies / Artificial Language Learning in L1 and L2 / Flexible Idioms / Comparing Complexity in the Copy-Construction / Commentary
Upcoming courses WiSe 2021-22 Multilingualism and older Englishes, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and University of Lausanne / Second language learning and variation in English, University of Lausanne
Past courses Second language learning and variation in English, SoSe 2021 Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin / Morphology, WiSe 2020-21 Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin / Processes of language change, SoSe 2020 / History and varieties of English, SoSe 2019 Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Bio Maître assistante (lecturer) in English linguistics, University of Lausanne, September 2021-present / Visiting lecturer in English linguistics, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, 2019-present / Research associate in cognitive sciences, University of Potsdam SFB Language Variability, 2017-August 2021 / PhD Linguistics, Cambridge
Email: jbrown at uni-potsdam.de
Office: 3.20, Haus 14, Campus Golm
Office telephone: +49 331 077-2051
Lab: 2.08, Haus 26, Campus Golm