Aditi Lahiri CBE, FBA, MAE

Emerita & Research Professor of Linguistics, Director of the Lab, Senior Research Fellow of Somerville College
A photograph of Professor Aditi Lahiri


Professor Aditi Lahiri CBE FBA MAE is the Director of the Language and Brain Lab, and Principal Investigator of the MORPHON project (Resolving Morpho-Phonological Alternation: Historical, Neurolinguistic, and Computational Approaches) funded by the European Research Council (2016-2021).

The Language and Brain Lab has also hosted other ERC projects including Professor Lahiri's first Advanced Investigator grant WORDS (2011-2016) as well as the FlexSR (Flexible Speech Recognition System) Proof of Concept Award (2015-2016).

Previously a professor at the University of Konstanz, and before that at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, she took up the Chair in Linguistics at Oxford in 2008, and presided over the inauguration of the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics.



Professor Lahiri's research programme employs a diverse range of methodologies, from cutting-edge brain imaging technology to palaeographic investigation of centuries-old manuscripts, with the overarching theme of investigating the mental representation and historical development of the sounds of human language.

Her academic honours include the Max Planck Research Award, the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize and the Professor Sukumar Sen Memorial Gold Medal.  She is also a Fellow of the British Academy, an Honorary Life Member of the Linguistic Society of America, and a Fellow of Somerville College.


Recent publications include:

Dresher, B. E., & Aditi Lahiri (2022). The foot in the history of English. English Historical Linguistics: Change in structure and meaning. Papers from the XXth ICEHL, 358, 41.

Lahiri, Aditi & Frans Plank (2022). Phonological Phrasing: Approaches to grouping at lower levels of the prosodic hierarchy. In Dresher, B. E., & van der Hulst, H. (Eds.). The Oxford History of Phonology. Oxford University Press.

Werkmann Hovart, Anna, Mariana Bolognesi & Aditi Lahiri (2021). Processing of literal and metaphorical meanings in polysemous verbs: An experiment and its methodological implications. Journal of Pragmatics, 171, 131–146. Link:

Kennard, Holly & Aditi Lahiri (2020). Nonesuch phonemes in loanwords. Linguistics, 59, pp.83–108. Link:

Kotzor, Sandra, Beinan Zhou & Aditi Lahiri (2020). (A)symmetry in vowel features in verbs and pseudoverbs: ERP evidence. Neuropsychologia, 143, 107474. Link:

Lahiri, Aditi & Holly Kennard (2020). The Indian Subcontinent. The Oxford Handbook of Language Prosody. Edited by Carlos Gussenhoven and Aoju Chen. Link:


Morgan Jones, Molly, Abrams, Dominic & Aditi Lahiri (2020). Shape the Future: how the social sciences, humanities and the arts can SHAPE a positive, post-pandemic future for peoples, economies and environments. Journal of the British Academy, 8, pp.167-266. Link:

Wynne, Hilary S. Z., Sandra Kotzor, Beinan Zhou & Aditi Lahiri (2020). The effect of phonological and morphological overlap on the processing of Bengali words. Journal of South Asian Linguistics, 11, 25–51.

Wynne, Hilary S. Z., Linda Wheeldon & Aditi Lahiri (2020). Planning complex structures in a second language: compounds and phrases in non-native speech production. In M. Schlechtweg (ed.) The Learnability of Complex Constructions: A Cross-linguistic Perspective. Trends in Linguistics: Studies and Monographs (TiLSM) 345, 91–126. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. Link:

Lahiri, Aditi & Holly Kennard (2019). Pertinacity in loanwords: Same underlying systems, different outputs. In M. Cennamo (ed.) Historical Linguistics 2015: Selected Papers from the 22nd International Congress of Historical Linguistics, Naples 27–31 July, pp.58–74. Link:

Lahiri, Aditi (2018). Predicting universal phonological features. In L. Hyman & F. Plank (eds.) Phonological Typology, pp.229–272. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. Link:

Schuster, Swetlana & Aditi Lahiri (2018). Lexical gaps and morphological decomposition: Evidence from German. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 46, pp.166–182. Link:

Schuster, Swetlana, Mathis Scharinger, Colin Brooks, Aditi Lahiri & Gesa Hartwigsen (2018). The neural correlates of morphological complexity processing: Detecting structure in pseudowords. Human Brain Mapping, 39, pp.2317-2328. Link:

Lahiri, Aditi & Johanneke Sytsema (2018). Metrical grouping and cliticisation in Middle Dutch: Evidence from verse. Transactions of the Philological Society, 116, pp.363-382. Link:

Arora, Vipul, Aditi Lahiri & Henning Reetz (2018). Phonological feature-based speech recognition system for pronunciation training in non-native language learning. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 143, pp.98–108. Link:

Wynne, Hilary S., Linda Wheeldon & Aditi Lahiri (2018). Compounds, phrases and clitics in connected speech. Journal of Memory and Language, 98, pp.45–58. Link:

Sytsema, Johanneke & Aditi Lahiri (2018). Open syllable lengthening in Middle Dutch: Evidence from verse. Journal of Germanic Linguistics, 30, pp.167–212. Link:


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