Maria M Pinango

Associate Professor of Linguistics

Departments & Organizations

Linguistics-Research Unit

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Neuroscience: Cognitive/Learning and Memory; Neural Disorders; Neuroimaging

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program


Pinango's lab works on the neurological underpinnings of the combinatorial mechanisms (morphological, syntactic and semantic) involved in language use and how the output of this mechanisms is linked to the larger conceptual system. This research is carried out by means of normal-brain based models and lesion-based models (i.e., focal brain lesions resulting from vascular disease). The methods used range from strictly behavioral (e.g., judgments, picture-matching tasks), to online methods (e.g., eye-tracking, cross-modal lexical decision) to neuroimaging (fMRI) (Eye-tracking and fMRI are done in collaboration with Dave Brazie at Haskins labs and Todd Constable at the Anlyan center, respectively).


  • Spanish Language Venezuela (2008)

    Professor Pinango is conducting a research project on the structure of the Spanish language.

  • Linguistics Collaboration Germany (2003)

    Professor Pinango has a collaborative research project grant with Humboldt University. In general her research interests examine the process of integration of different linguistic information during comprehension in real-time occurs (focusing on the integration of semantic and syntactic...

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