Mary Louise Kean

Professor Emerita, Cognitive Sciences
School of Social Sciences

B.S., Georgetown University, 1970, Linguistics

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1975, Linguistics

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Language and Cognition
The focus of my research is on the relation between language, on the one hand, and conceptual/intentional classifications and/or perceptual properties, on the other. The starting point is some property of language which has an intuitive link to some concepts and/or perceptual properties. Research of the former type focuses on grammatical categories such as tense, aspect, and mood which bear a relation to concepts of time. In the latter case, the distinction between count and mass nouns is considered in relation to the perceptual distinction between objects and substances. Having defined a domain and investigated the relation between grammar and relevant cognitive systems, the domain is then explored in relation to cross-linguistic variation in first and second language acquisition, on-line processing, compromises dues to brain dysfunction (both congenital and acquired), and brain imaging where feasible.
Publications The preselection effect on recall facilitation for motor movements in Alzheimer's disease. Journal of Gerontology, 1989, 43, 127-133.
  Brain structures and linguistic capacity. In F. Newmeyer (Ed.), Linguistics: The Cambridge Survey, Volume II. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987, 74-95.
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