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Professor E Matthew Husband

Tutorial Fellow in Psycholinguistics

Professor E. Matthew Husband is a University Lecturer in Psycholinguistics in the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics.

Matt Husband obtained his bachelors degrees in psychology and mathematics from Tennessee Technological University and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2010. He taught briefly at the University of Michigan – Flint, Brown University, and Michigan State University before taking a postdoctoral fellowship in psychology at the University of South Carolina in 2011. In 2012 he took up a university lectureship in psycholinguistics in the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics where he is a co-director of the Language and Brain Laboratory.

His research interests are in the syntax-semantics interface and language processing with a particular interest in sentence meanings. He uses a variety of techniques, from intuitive judgements and eyetracking to electrophysiology and functional magnetic resonance imaging, to address questions about the composition and computation of sentence meanings.


  • Ph.D. in Linguistics with a Specialization in Cognitive Science (Michigan State University, Advisor: Marcin Morzycki)
  • B.S. in Psychology (Tennessee Technological University)
  • B.S. in Mathematics (Tennessee Technological University)


  • Husband, E.M. (forthcoming) Rescuing manner/result complementarity from certain death. Proceedings of the 47th Annual Chicago Linguistics Society.
  • Husband, E.M. (2012) On the compositional nature of states. Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 188, John Benjamins.
  • Husband, E.M. (2012) Stages of individuals and the composition of states. The Linguistic Review, 29, 3/4.
  • Husband, E.M. (2012) Some structural analogies between existential interpretation and telicity. In M. C. Cuervo & Y. Roberge (eds.) The End of Argument Structure?: Syntax and Semantics 38, 105-129.
  • Husband, E.M., Kelly, L.A., and Zhu, D. (2011) Using complement coercion to understand the neural basis of semantic composition: Evidence from an fMRI study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23 (11), 3254-3266.
  • Husband, E.M. (2011) Severing scale structure from the adjective. LSA Extended Abstracts.
  • Husband, E.M. (2010) Compositional states. In N. Li and D.E. Lutz (eds.) Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory 20. 76-90.
  • Husband, E.M., Stockall, L., and Beretta, A. (2010) The online composition of events. Queen Mary’s Occasional Papers Advancing Linguistics 19.

Learn more about Matt on his personal website.

Professor Matt Husband
Tutorial Fellow in Psycholinguistics
Modern Languages
Academic - Fellows & Lecturers