Helena Aparicio

Name and title:

Helena Aparicio, Assistant Professor, Linguistics

Academic focus:

I use a combination of experimental and computational methods to study how humans process and interpret language.

Current research project: 

Teasing apart what aspects of linguistic meaning are grammatically encoded vs. pragmatically derived during linguistic interactions.

Previous positions: 

Postdoctoral Fellow, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017-2020

Academic background: 

  • Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Chicago, 2017
  • M.A., Linguistics, City University of New York, 2011
  • B.A., Humanities, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 2005

Last book read:

“Touch Think Learn” by Xavier Deneux (last night to my 1 year old) 

In your own time/when not working:

I enjoy spending time with my family, classical music and dining out.

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:

Experimental Methods in Linguistics 

What most excites you about Cornell:

All the talent that Cornell attracts! I can’t wait to join such an amazing intellectual community.


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