Language and Cognition Laboratory

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Language and Cognition Laboratory
Cognitive, Perceptual and Brain Sciences Research Department 
University College London
26 Bedford Way
United Kingdom

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Language and Cognition Laboratory


In Press

  • Andrews, M., Frank, S. & Vigliocco, G. (in press). Reconciling embodied and distributional accounts of meaning and language. Topics in Cognitive Science.
  • Thompson, R.L., Vinson, D.P, Woll, B. & Vigliocco, G. (in press). The road to language learning is iconic: evidence from British Sign Language. Psychological Science.
  • Vigliocco, G., Kousta, S.T., Vinson, D.P., Andrews, M. & Del Campo, E. (in press). The representation of Abstract Words: What matters? A reply to Paivio. Journal of Experimental Psychology:General.


  • Fernandez Monsalve, I., Frank, S. L., & Vigliocco, G. (2012). Lexical surprisal as a general predictor of reading time. In Proceedings of the thirteenth conference of the European chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (2nd best paper).
  • Meteyard, L., Rodriguez, S., Bahrami, B., & Vigliocco, G. (2012). Coming of age: A review of embodiment and the neuroscience of semantics. Cortex, DOI: 10.1016/j.cortex2010.11.002.
  • Perniss, P., Vinson, D.P., & Vigliocco, G. (2012). Talking about space as signers do. Language and Cognition
  • Della Rosa PA, Catricalà E, Vigliocco G, Cappa SF (2011). Beyond the abstract-concrete dichotomy: mode of acquisition, concreteness, imageability, familiarity, age of acquisition, context availability, and abstractness norms for a set of 417 Italian words. Behavior Research Methods, 42:1042-1048.
  • Frank, S. L., & Vigliocco, G. (2011). Sentence comprehension as mental simulation: an information-theoretic perspective. Information, 2, 672–696.
  • Kousta, S..-T., Vigliocco, G., Vinson, D.P., Andrews, M. & Del Campo, E. (2011). The representation of abstract words: Why emotion matters. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 140, 14-34.[pdf]
  • Vigliocco, G., Vinson, D.P., Druks, J. & Cappa, S.F. (2011). Nouns and Verbs in the Brain? A review of behavioural, electrophysiological, neuropsychological and imaging studies. Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews, 35, 407-426. [pdf]

    Andrews, M. & Vigliocco, G. (2010). Learning semantic representations with hidden Markov topic models. Topics in Cognitive Science, 2, 101-113. [pdf]

  • Barber, H., Kousta, S-T., Otten, L. & Vigliocco, G. (2010). Event related potential to event related words. Brain Research, 1332, 65-74. [pdf]
  • Iwasaki, N., Vinson, D.P. & Vigliocco, G. (2010). The role of grammatical count/mass distinction in semantic representations and phrasal constructions; Evidence from experiments in English and Japanese. Language and Cognitive Processes, 25, 189-223. [pdf]
  • Perniss, P., Thompson, R.L. & Vigliocco, G. (2010). Iconicity as a general principle of language. Frontiers in Psychology. [pdf]
  • Sharp, D.J., Award, M., Warren, j.E., Wise, R.J.S., Vigliocco, G. & Scott, S.K. (2010). The neural reponse to changing semantic and perceptual complexitiy during language processing. Human Brain Mapping, 31, 365-377. [pdf]
  • Thompson, R., Vinson, D.P.& Vigliocco G. (2010). The link between form and meaning in British sign language: effects of iconicity on phonological decisions. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 36, 1017-1027.[pdf]
  • Vinson, D.P., Thompson, R., Skinner, R., Fox, N., Vigliocco, G. (2010).The hands and the mouth do not slip together in British Sign Language: Dissociating articulatory channels in the lexicon. Psychological Science, 21, 1158-1167.  [pdf]
  • Andrews, M., Vigliocco, G. & Vinson, D. (2009). Integrating Experiential and Distributional Data to Learn Semantic Represenations. Psychological Review, Vol. 116(3), pp 463-498. [pdf]
  • Andrews, M. & Vigliocco, G. (2009). Learning Semantic Representations with Hidden Markov Topics Models. Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. [pdf]
  • Kousta, S., Vinson, D. & Vigliocco, G. (2009). Emotion words, regardless of polarity, have a processing advantage over neutral words. Cognition.
  • Maetzig, S., Druks, J., Masterson, J., & Vigliocco, G. (2009). Object vs. action naming: A double dissociation? Cortex, 45, 738-758.[pdf]
  • Meteyard, L. & Vigliocco, G. (2009). Verbs in Space. Behavioural Research Methods, 41, 565-574.
  • Thompson, R., Vinson D.P. & Vigliocco, G. (2009). Processing consequences of sign language iconicity. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 35, 550-557.
  • Vigliocco, G., Meteyard, L., Andrews, M., & Kousta, S.-T. (2009). Toward a Theory of Semantic Representation. Language and Cognition 1, 219-247.

    Vinson, D.P., Cormier, K., Schembri, A., Denmark, T. & Vigliocco, G. (2009). Normative data on familiarity, age of acquisition and iconicity for British Sign Language. Behavioral Research Methods, 40, 1079-1087.

    Meteyard, L. & Vigliocco, G. (2008). The Role of Sensory and Motor Information in Semantic Representation: A Review. In P. Calvo and A. Gomila eds. Handbook of Cognitive Science: An Embodied Approach. [pdf]

  • Andrews, M. & Vinson, D. & Vigliocco, G. (2008). Inferring a Probabilistic Model of Semantic Memory from Word Association Norms. Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. [pdf]
  • Franck, J., Vigliocco, G., Anton-Mendez, I., & Collina, S. (2008). The interplay of sound and syntax in sentence production: A cross-linguistic study of form effects on agreement. Language and Cognitive Processes, 23, 329-374. [pdf]
  • Iwasaki, N., Vinson, D.P., Arciuli, J., Watanabe, M. & Vigliocco, G. (2008). Naming actions in Japanese: Effects of semantic similarity and grammatical class. Language and Cognitive Processes, 23, 889-930. [pdf]
  • Kousta, S.-T., Vinson, D.P. & Vigliocco, G. (2008). Investigating linguistic relativity through bilingualism: The case of grammatical gender. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition. 34, 843-858. [pdf]
  • Meteyard, L., Zokaei, N., Bahrami, B. & Vigliocco, G. (2008). Now you see it: visual motion interferes with lexical decision on motion words. Current Biology, 18(17) R732-733. [pdf]
  • Siri, S., Tettamanti, M., Cappa, S. Della Rosa, P., Saccuman, C., Scifo, P. & Vigliocco, G. (2008). The neural substrate of naming events. Cerebral Cortex, 18, 171-177. [pdf]
  • Vigliocco, G., Vinson, D.P., Arciuli, J. & Barber, H. (2008). The role of grammatical class on word recognition. Brain & Language, 105, 175-184. [pdf]
  • Vinson, D.P. & Vigliocco, G. (2008). Feature norms for a large set of object and event concepts. Behavioral Research Methods.40, 183-190. [pdf]
  • Meteyard, L., Baharami, B. & Vigliocco, G. (2007). The perceptual grounding of motion verbs. Psychological Science, 11, 1007-1013. [pdf]
  • Andrews, M. & Vigliocco, G. & Vinson, D. (2007). Evaluating the Contribution of Intra-linguistic and Extra-linguistic Data to the Structure of Human Semantic Represenations. Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society . [pdf]
  • Arciuli, J., Cupples, L. & Vigliocco, G. (2006). Are word meanings corresponding to different grammatical categories organised differently within lexical semantic memory? The Mental Lexicon, 2, 251-275.
  • Vigliocco, G. & Vinson, D.P. Semantic Representation (2007). In G. Gaskell (ed.) Handbook of Psycholinguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [pdf]
  • Lopez Cutrin, B. & Vigliocco, G. (2007). Grammatical gender is everywhere, even on the tip of the mind: An investigation into retrieval failures. In Carson T. Schutze and Victor S. Ferreira (Eds.), The State of the the Art in Speech Error Research: Proceedings of the LSA Institute Workshop. MIT Working Papers in Lingistics 53, 253-263. [pdf]
  • Vigliocco, G. & Kita, S. (2006) Language-specific effects of meaning, sound and syntax: Implications for models of lexical retrieval in production Language and Cognitive Processes. 21. 790-816 [pdf]
  • Vigliocco, G., Warren, J., Siri, S., Arciuli, J., Scott, S., & Wise, R. (2006) The role of semantics and grammatical class in the neural representation of words Cerebral Cortex. 16, 1790-1796. [pdf]
  • Vigliocco, G., Vinson, D.P., Paganelli F. & Dworzynski, K. (2005). Grammatical gender effects on cognition: Implications for language learning and language use. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 134, 501-520. [pdf]
  • Andrews, M. & Vigliocco, G. & Vinson, D. (2005). Integrating attributional and distributional information in a probabilistic model of meaning representation. In Timo Honkela, Ville Könönen, Matti Pöllä, and Olli Simula, editors, Proceedings of AKRR'05, International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Adaptive Knowledge Representation and Reasoning. Pages 15-25. Espoo, Finland, June 2005.[pdf]
  • Andrews, M., Vigliocco, G., & Vinson, D.P (2005). The role of attributional and distributional information in representing meaning. Proceedings of the 27th Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. [pdf]
  • Supp, G.G., Schlogl, A., Fiebach, C., Gunter, T., Vigliocco, G., Pfurtscheller, G., Petsche, H. (2005). Semantic memory retrieval: Cortical couplings in object recognition in the N400 window. European Journal of Neuroscience, 21, 1139-1143. [pdf]
  • Vigliocco, G., Vinson, D.P., Siri, S. (2005). Semantic and grammatical class effects in naming actions. Cognition 94, B91-100. [pdf]
  • Vigliocco, G., Vinson, D.P., Woolfe, T., Dye, M.W., & Woll, B. (2005). Words, signs and imagery: when the language makes the difference. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 272, 1859-1863. [pdf]
  • Garrard, P., Carroll, E., Vinson, D.P., & Vigliocco, G. (2004). Dissociating lexico-semantics and lexico-syntax in semantic dementia. Neurocase, 10, 353-362. [pdf]
  • Vigliocco G. & Filopovic Kleiner L. (2004). From mind in the mouth to language in mind. Trends in Cognitive Science, 8, 5-7. [pdf]
  • Vigliocco, G., Vinson, D.P. & Paganelli, F. (2004). Grammatical gender and meaning. Proceedings of the 26th Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. [pdf]
  • Vigliocco, G., Vinson, D.P, Lewis, W. & Garrett, M.F. (2004). Representing the meanings of object and action words: The featural and unitary semantic space hypothesis. Cognitive Psychology, 48, 422-488. [pdf]
  • Vigliocco, G., Vinson, D., Indefrey, P., Levelt, W., & Hellwig, F. (2004). Role of grammatical gender and semantics in German word production. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition, 30, 483-497. [pdf]
  • Franck, J., Bowers, J.S., Frauenfelder, U.H., & Vigliocco, G. (2003). Orthographic influences on agreement: a case for modality-specific form effects on grammatical encoding. Language and Cognitive Processes, 18, 61-79. [pdf]
  • Paganelli, F., Vigliocco, G., Vinson, D.P., Siri, S. & Cappa, S. (2003). An investigation of semantic errors in unimpaired and Alzheimer's speakers of Italian. Cortex, 39, 419-439. [pdf]
  • Vinson, D.P., Vigliocco, G., Cappa, S. & Siri, S. (2003). The breakdown of semantic knowledge along semantic field boundaries: Insights from an empirically-driven statistical model of meaning representation. Brain & Language, 86, 347-365. [pdf]
  • Franck, J., Vigliocco G., & Nicol, J.L. (2002). Subject-verb agreement errors in French and English: The role of syntactic hierarchy. Language and Cognitive Processes, 17, 371-404. [pdf]
  • Vigliocco, G., Vinson, D.P., Damian, M.F. & Levelt, W. (2002). Semantic distance effects on object and action naming. Cognition, 85, B61-B69. [pdf]
  • Vigliocco, G. & Hartsuiker, R.J. (2002). The interplay of meaning, sound & syntax in language production. Psychological Bulletin, 128, 442-472. [pdf]
  • Vigliocco, G., Lauer, M., Damian, M. & Levelt, W. (2002). Semantic and syntactic forces in noun phrase production. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 28, 46-58. [pdf]
  • Vinson, D. & Vigliocco, G. (2002). A semantic analysis of grammatical class impairments. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 15, 317-351. [pdf]
  • Damian, M., Vigliocco, G., & Levelt, W.J. (2001). Effects of semantic context in the naming of pictures and words. Cognition, 81, B77-B86. [pdf]
  • Vigliocco, G., & Franck, J. (2001). When sex hits syntax: Contextual influences in sentence production. Journal of Memory and Language, 45, 368-390. [pdf]
  • Vigliocco, G. (2000). Language processes: the anatomy of meaning and syntax. Current Biology, 10, R78-R80. [pdf]
  • Bowers, J.S., Vigliocco, G., Stadthagen-Gonzalez, H, & Vinson, D.P. (1999). Distinguishing language from thought: Experimental evidence that syntax is lexically rather than conceptually represented. Psychological Science, 10, 310-315. [pdf]
  • Vigliocco, G. & Franck, J. (1999). When Sex and Syntax go hand in hand: Gender agreement in language production. Journal of Memory and Language, 40, 455-478. [pdf]
  • Vigliocco, G., Vinson, D.P., Martin, R.C., & Garrett, M.F. (1999). Is "count" and "mass" information available when the noun is not? An investigation of tip of the tongue states and anomia. Journal of Memory and Language, 40, 534-558. [pdf]
  • Vigliocco, G., & Zilli, T. (1999). Syntactic accuracy in sentence production: Gender disagreement in Italian language impaired and unimpaired speakers. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 28, 623-648. [pdf]
  • Vinson, D.P., & Vigliocco, G. (1999). Can independence be observed in a dependent system? Brain and Language, 68, 118-126. [pdf]
  • Bowers, J.S., Vigliocco, G., & Haan, R. (1998). Orthographic, phonological and articulatory contributions to masked letter and word priming. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 24, 1705-1719 [pdf]
  • Iwasaki, N., & Vigliocco, G., Garrett, M.F. (1998). Adjectives and adjectival nouns in Japanese: psychological processes in sentence production. Japanese/Korean Linguistics, 8, 93-105. [pdf]
  • Silverberg, N., Vigliocco, G. & Garrett, M.F. (1998). When reading a sentence is easier than reading a "little" word The role of production processes in Deep Dyslexia. Aphasiology, 12, 335-356. [pdf]
  • Vigliocco, G. & Nicol, J. L. (1998). Separating hierarchical relations and word order in language production. Is proximity concord syntactic or linear? Cognition, 68, 13-29. [pdf]
  • Vigliocco, G., Antonini, T., & Garrett, M.F. (1997). Grammatical gender is on the tip of Italian tongues. Psychological Science, 8, 314-317. [pdf]
  • Vigliocco, G, Butterworth, B & Garrett, M.F. (1996). Subject-Verb agreement in Spanish and English: Differences in the role of conceptual factors. Cognition, 61, 261-298. [pdf]
  • Vigliocco, G., Hartsuiker, R.J., Jarema, G., & Kolk, H.H.J. (1996). One or More labels on the bottles? Notional concord in Dutch and French. Language and Cognitive Processes, 11, 407-421. [pdf]
  • Vigliocco, G., Butterworth, B. & Semenza, C. (1995). Computing Subject Verb agreement in speech: The role of semantic and morphological information. Journal of Memory and Language, 34, 186-215. [pdf]

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