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Vito Pirrelli
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Pisa, Italy

Vito Pirrelli, computational linguist and cognitive scientist, received his PhD from the University of Salford (UK) in 1993. He works as a Research Director at the Institute for Computational Linguistics of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) in Pisa. He serves as the co-editor in chief of the international linguistic journal Lingue e Linguaggio (published by il Mulino) and he is currently the research group leader for bio-computational models of language and cognition, and language technologies for cultural heritage in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences of CNR. He is the head of the Communication Physiology Lab, and serves on the editorial boards of the Mental Lexicon, Italian Journal of Linguistics, Lingue e Linguaggio and Linguistica Computazionale.

From 2011 to 2015, he has chaired the European Science Foundation Research Networking Programme "NetWordS: the European Network on Word Structure.”

His main research interests include machine language learning, psycho-computational models of word acquisition and processing, disorders of verbal communication, models of memory and serial cognition, information extraction, and theoretical and applied linguistics. He has published widely in numerous journals, including Topics in Cognitive Sciences, Frontiers of Neurorobotics, Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence, Computers and Humanities, Natural Language Engineering, Italian Journal of Linguistics, and Lingue e Linguaggio. He is (co)author of over 10 books and edited volumes. He's been a reviewer for Computing Reviews since 2003.


The grammar of mammalian brain capacity
Rodriguez A., Granger R. Theoretical Computer Science 633(C): 100-111, 2016.  Type: Article

Which aspects of the language faculty are uniquely human, and which are shared with other mammals? In this paper, Rodriguez and Granger try to address this fundamental question from an innovative neuro-computational perspective. They c...


Language production, cognition, and the lexicon
Gala N., Rapp R., Bel-Enguix G., Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated, New York, NY, 2014. 586 pp.  Type: Book (978-3-319080-42-0)

This book is an impressive collection (in terms of number, scope, and level of contributors) of short papers dedicated to Michael Zock for his retirement. Michael Zock is one of the pioneers of natural language generation, a field in c...


Computational paralinguistics: emotion, affect and personality in speech and language processing
Schuller B., Batliner A., Wiley Publishing, Chichester, UK, 2013. 344 pp.  Type: Book (978-1-119971-36-8)

Paralinguistics is concerned with almost everything a 20th century theoretical linguist would NOT have been interested in (and, I suspect, would in fact have perceived as a nuisance, a distractor from her or his own basic research goal...


 Functional imaging and language: a critical guide to methodology and analysis
Scott S., Wise R. Speech Communication 41(1): 7-21, 2003.  Type: Article

Localizing those anatomical structures of the brain that support language functions is one of the most exciting interdisciplinary goals of language inquiry, and one whose recent vigorous pursuit is bound to have far-reaching repercussi...


PET and fMRI studies of the neural basis of speech perception
Scott S., Wise R. Speech Communication 41(1): 23-34, 2003.  Type: Article

Regardless of the specific imaging method used, the task of elucidating the neural basis of speech perception by relating areas of the auditory cortex to specific speech processing functions poses an enormous challenge. First, the audi...


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