Dr S.L. Frank (Stefan)

Associate professor - Centre for Language Studies

Associate professor - Department of Modern Languages and Cultures

Language comprehension, computational cognitive modelling, multilingualism, computational linguistics, and any combination of these.

Research theme
Computational psycholinguistics
Research group
Grammar & Cognition; Language and Seech Technology; Multilingualism

Key publications

  • Frank, S.L. (2021). Towards computational models of multilingual sentence processing. Language Learning, 71, 193-218Full text
  • Tsoukala, C., Broersma, M., Van den Bosch, A., & Frank, S.L. (2021). Simulating code-switching using a neural network model of bilingual sentence production. Computational Brain & Behavior, 4, 87-100Full text
  • Aurnhammer C., & Frank, S.L. (2019) Evaluating information-theoretic measures of word prediction in naturalistic sentence reading. Neuropsychologia, 134, 107198Full text
  • Armeni, K., Willems, R.M., & Frank, S.L. (2017). Probabilistic language models in cognitive neuroscience: promises and pitfalls. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 83, 579-588Full text
  • Frank, S.L. & Willems, R.M. (2017). Word predictability and semantic similarity show distinct patterns of brain activity during language comprehension. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 32 (9), 1192-1203Full text


  • 2017 - 2023 The nature of the mental lexicon: How to bridge neurobiology and psycholinguistic theory by computational modelling? This project is Big Question 1 of the Language in Interaction NWO Gravitation Programme.More information
  • 2021 - 2022 Neurocomputational modelling of bilingual sentence comprehension and production. In this collaboration with Xavier Hinaut (National French Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science, Bordeaux) we will use neural network models of bilingual sentence processing to explore how transfer, structural priming, and code switching could be explained by the interaction of general neural/cognitive mechanisms with the properties of the languages involved.



Psycholinguistics, Computational modeling, Language processing

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