Laboratory for Cognitive Studies of Language



Head of research and Director of the Laboratory: Zoya I. Rezanova (Russia), Doctor of Philology, Professor of the Faculty of Philology of Tomsk State University.

The Laboratory was established in 2014 on the basis of the Faculty of Philology of Tomsk State University and joins together researchers from Russia, Bulgaria and Finland.

The Laboratory’s studies are interdisciplinary and bring together the efforts of specialists working in the field of cognitive science, psycholinguistics, experimental and corpus linguistics, natural language automatic processing, and

language mathematical modeling.


The aims of the Laboratory:


The study of mutual influences of linguistic and cognitive mechanisms on the processes of generation and perception of speech in native and second language; and creation of mathematical models for processing of language units and texts.



Understanding the processes of interference at different stages of speech ability and masteryof native and foreign language helps to optimize processes of language education and communication practices in socially important areas. 



Mathematical modeling for cognitive processes in the processing of language stimuli is the basis for improvement of text arrays automatic processing systems.


Main research areas:

  • Experimental studies of the role of the motor and physical experience in the processes of human language processing stimuli, modality impact on the perception of ways of conceptualizing native language and second languages;

  • Analysis of the cognitive processing of grammar and vocabulary of the Russian language as native and non-native (at different levels of bilingualism), including units of complex formal and semantic structures;

  • Studies of the influence of lexical and morphological specificity of language units on cognitive processes of perception, conceptualization and parameterization;

  • Cross-cultural studies of the influence of idioethnic originality of the Russian language on the cognitive processes of perception and categorization and cognitive effects of different types of bilingualism;

  • Studies of the influence of social and cultural factors on generation and processing of language and speech (age, gender and sociocultural differences);

  • Mathematical modeling of cognitive processing of language stimuli. Software development for psycholinguistic experiments;

  • Creating a database for psycholinguistic experiments and a linguistically annotated corpus of texts.

Russian and international partners:

  • Center for Grammar Research, Vinogradov Institute of the Russian Language, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia;

  • Department of Psychology, University of Turku, Finland;

  • Central and Eastern European Center for Cognitive Science and Department of Cognitive Science and Psychology, New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria.