Westerlund, M. & Pylkkänen, L. (submitted). Decomposing composition: MEG evidence for distinct sub-operations within semantic composition.

Bemis, D. & Pylkkänen, L. (submitted). Simple composition during language production in MEG.

Bemis, D. & Pylkkänen, L. (submitted). Basic linguistic composition recruits the left anterior temporal lobe and left angular gyrus during both listening and reading.

Dikker, S. & Pylkkänen, L. (submitted). Predicting language: MEG evidence for lexical preactivation.


Brennan, J. & Pylkkänen, L. (2012). The time-course and spatial distribution of brain activity associated with sentence processing. NeuroImage, 2;60(2): 1139-48. [pdf]

Rabagliati, H., Pylkkänen, L. & Marcus, G. F. (2012). Top-down influence in young children's lexical ambiguity resolution. Developmental Psychology, doi:10.1037/a0026918. [pdf]


Rabagliati, H., Marcus, G. F. & Pylkkänen, L. (2011). Rules, Radical Pragmatics and Restrictions on Regular Polysemy. Journal of Semantics, doi:10.1093/jos/ffr005. [pdf]

Dikker, S. & Pylkkänen, L. (2011). Before the N400: effects of lexical-semantic violations in visual cortex. Brain and Language, doi:10.1016/j.bandl.2011.02.006. [pdf]

Bemis, D. K., & Pylkkänen, L. (2011). Simple Composition: An MEG investigation into the comprehension of minimal linguistic phrases. Journal of Neuroscience, 31(8): 2801-2814. [pdf]


Pylkkänen, L., Brennan, J. & Bemis, D. K. (2010) Grounding the Cognitive Neuroscience of Semantics in Linguistic Theory. Language and Cognitive Processes. DOI: 10.1080/01690965.2010.527490. [to appear in a special issue on the cognitive neuroscience of semantics] [pdf]

Rabagliati, H.A., Marcus, G.F., & Pylkkänen, L. (2010) Shifting senses in semantic development. Cognition, 117, 17-37 [pdf]

Pylkkänen, L., & Okano, K. (2010). The nature of abstract orthographic codes: Evidence from masked priming and magnetoencephalography. PLoS ONE 5(5): e10793. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0010793 [pdf]

Brennan, J., Nir, Y., Hasson, U., Malach, R., Heeger, D., & Pylkkänen, L. (2010). Syntactic complexity predicts anterior temporal activity during natural story listening. Brain and Language [pdf]

Brennan, J. and Pylkkänen, L. (2010). Processing Psych Verbs: Behavioral and MEG Measures of Two Different Types of Semantic Complexity. Language and Cognitive Processes, 25 (6), 77-807. [pdf]

Dikker, S., Rabagliati, H., Farmer, T. A., & Pylkkänen, L. (2010). Early occipital sensitivity to syntactic category is based on form typicality. Psychological Science 1;21(5):629-34. [pdf]


Pylkkänen, L., Oliveri, B. & Smart, A. (2009). Semantics vs. World Knowledge in Prefrontal Cortex. Language and Cognitive Processes, 24, 1313-1334. [pdf]

Dikker, S., Rabagliati, H., & Pylkkänen, L. (2009). Sensitivity to Syntax in Visual Cortex. Cognition, 110, 293-321. [pdf]

Pylkkänen, L., Martin, A. E., McElree, B., & Smart, A. (2009). The Anterior Midline Field: Coercion or Decision Making? Brain and Language, 108, 184-90. [pdf]

Zweig, E. & Pylkkänen, L. (2009). A visual M170 effect of morphological complexity. Language and Cognitive Processes, 24, 412 - 439. [pdf]


Pylkkänen, L. (2008). Introducing Arguments. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA. [BOOK]

Pylkkänen, L. (2008). Mismatching Meanings in Brain and Behavior. Language and Linguistics Compass 2/4, 712–738.

Brennan, J. & Pylkkänen, L. (2008). Processing Events: Behavioral and Neuromagnetic Correlates of Aspectual Coercion. Brain and Language, 106, 132-143. [pdf]

Harris, J., Pylkkänen, L., McElree, B. & Frisson, S. (2008). The cost of question concealment: Eye-tracking and MEG evidence. Brain and Language, 107, 44-61. [pdf]


Pylkkänen, L. & McElree, B. (2007). An MEG Study of Silent Meaning. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19, 1905-1921. [pdf]


Pylkkänen, L. & McElree, B. (2006). The syntax-semantic interface: On-line composition of sentence meaning. In M. Traxler & M.A. Gernsbacher (eds.), Handbook of Psycholinguistics (2nd Ed), 537-577. NY: Elsevier. [pdf]

Pylkkänen, L., Llinas, R. & Murphy, G. (2006). Representation of polysemy: MEG evidence. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 18, 1–13. [pdf]

McElree, B., Pylkkänen, L., Pickering, M., & Traxler, M. (2006). The time course of enriched composition. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 13, 53-59. [pdf]


Pylkkänen, L., Feintuch, S., Hopkins, E., & Marantz, A. (2004). Neural correlates of the effects of morphological family frequency and family size: an MEG study. Cognition , 91, B35-B45. [pdf]


Pylkkänen, L., & Marantz, A. (2003). Tracking the time course of word recognition with MEG. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 7, 187-189. [pdf]


Pylkkänen, L., (2002). Introducing Arguments. Ph.D. Thesis. MIT. Cambridge, MA. Distributed by , Cambridge, MA.

Pylkkänen, L., Stringfellow, A., & Marantz, A. (2002). Neuromagnetic evidence for the timing of lexical activation: An MEG component sensitive to phonotactic probability but not to neighborhood density. Brain and Language, 81, 666–678. [pdf]


Pylkkänen, L., A. Stringfellow, E. Flagg, A. Marantz. (2001). A Neural Response Sensitive to Repetition and Phonotactic Probability: MEG Investigations of Lexical Access. Biomag Proceedings, 2000, 363-367. [pdf]


Pylkkänen, L., (2000). Representing Causatives. In Jackson, B. and T. Matthews (eds.), Proceedings . CLC Publications. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Pylkkänen, L., (2000). What Applicative Heads Apply To. In Minnick, M., A. Williams and E. Kaiser (eds.), Proceedings of the 24th Annual Penn Linguistics Colloquium, UPenn Working Papers in Linguistics, Volume 7.1.

Pylkkänen, L., (2000). Deriving Adversity. West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics 19 Proceedings, Roger Billerey et al. (eds), Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.


Pylkkänen, L., (1999). On Stativity and Causation. In C. Tenny and J. Pustejovsky (eds.) Events as Grammatical Objects. CSLI Publications. 417-445.

Pylkkänen, L., (1999). Causation and External Arguments. In Pylkkänen, L.,, A. van Hout and H. Harley (eds.), Papers from the Second Penn/MIT Roundtable on Argument Structure and the Lexicon. 35, Cambridge, MA.

Pylkkänen, L., (1999). The Syntax of Internal and External Causation . In the Proceedings of the Texas Linguistics Society. 1999 Conference: Perspectives on Argument Structure.

Pylkkänen, L., (1999). On Base-Reduplicant Identity. In West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics 18 Proceedings, ed. Bird, S., A. Cornie, J. Haugen, P. Norquest. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press


Di Eugenio, B., Jordan, P. W., Pylkkänen, L. (1998). The COCONUT project: dialogue annotation manual, ISP Technical Report 98-1, University of Pittsburgh, Intelligent Systems Program.


Pylkkänen, L., (1997). The Linking of Event Structure and Grammatical Functions in Finnish. In M. Butt and T. Holloway-King (eds.) University of San Diego, San Diego, CA.

Pylkkänen, L., (1997). The Semantics of Finnish Causatives. M.A. Thesis. University of Pittsburgh.