Lilia Rissman studies the interface between conceptual and semantic knowledge, focusing on representations of events and agents. Her work integrates multiple perspectives on how human language maps onto non-linguistic cognition, including evidence from cross-linguistic comparison, emerging signed languages, and child language development. She is interested in the extent to which cognitive biases constrain the mapping from concepts to semantics: when new languages are created, for example, are some types of concepts systematically grammaticalized before others?
Lilia is currently a postdoctoral fellow through the Radboud Excellence Initiative. She worked previously as a postdoctoral scholar in the Psychology department at the University of Chicago, and received a PhD in Cognitive Science from Johns Hopkins University.
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Rissman, L. & Rawlins, K. (2017). Ingredients of instrumental meaning. Journal of Semantics, 34(3), 507-537.
Cartmill, E.A., Rissman, L., Novack, M., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (2017). The emergence of iconic features in co-speech gesture and homesign. Language, Interaction and Acquisition.
Rissman, L., Goldin-Meadow, S. (2017). The development of causal structure without a language model. Language Learning and Development, 13(3), 286-299.
Rissman, L., Rawlins, K., Landau, B. (2015). Using instruments to understand argument structure: Evidence for gradient representation. Cognition, 142(0), 266-290.
Rissman, L. (2015). Cinderella broke and broke: object deletion and manner-result complementarity. Proceedings from Chicago Linguistic Society 51. 425-439.
Rissman, L., Legendre, G., Landau, B. (2013). Abstract morphosyntax in two and three-year-old children: evidence from priming. Language Learning and Development, 9(3), 278-292.
Rissman, L. (2013). Periphrastic use: a modal account of instrumentality. In Y. Fainleib, N. LaCara, & Y. Park (Eds.), Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistics Society (Vol. 2, pp. 137-150). Amherst, MA: GLSA Publications.
Rissman, L. (2011). Instrumental with and use: modality and implicature. Proceedings from Semantics and Linguistic Theory 21, 532-551.