Postdoctoral Researcher
Universit├Ąt Potsdam
marlago [at]
Campus Golm
Haus 2
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24/25
14476 Potsdam


I study sentence comprehension in different languages. My goal is to figure out how humans represent and use grammatical knowledge, and how their knowledge changes when they are exposed to a new language. I use eye-tracking, neurophysiological and cross-linguistic evidence with the goal of building a cognitive model of the representations and processes that underlie real-time language processing in multilingual speakers.


  • 2014 Postdoctoral researcher, Potsdam Research Institute for Multilingualism
  • 2014 Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Maryland
  • 2009 B.A. Linguistics, University of Buenos Aires


  • Grant: I received a 3-year grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) in support of my research on how Spanish and English native speakers process gender and number agreement in German. I am using this research as a test case to address two important questions: are some languages more difficult to understand and potentially learn than others? And can this difficulty lie in how a speaker's native language shapes their processing mechanisms? I will be conducting this work within Shravan Vasishth's lab at the University of Potsdam
  • New Paper: My research comparing coreference in English and German was published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Language, Memory and Cognition [pdf]
  • CUNY 2017: During March 31-April 1 at Cambridge, I will be presenting some of the work jointly conducted with our collaborators in Ankara: "Contextual and syntactic information jointly affect the processing of Turkish anaphors"

Recent Posts

  • This all sounds Turkish to me: We all make mistakes. This is true of haircuts, job interviews, extra slices of cake and crucially, language. So here is one type of language error that you probably hear often but have never noticed...
  • Why I write: Hi there! This is my first post