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I'm Aitor Egurtzegi, a computational linguist working towards my PhD at the Comparative Language Science Department at the University of Zurich
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I work with language models and language corpora, I run EEG, eye tracking and online experiments, and I use machine learning methods and statistical modeling to understand how language works.

Recent research

Recently I have focused my time doing research on low-resourced languages that are typologically different from the most common spoken languages. In particular, I've been doing experimental work to collect eye tracking and EEG data and analyze it in a Bayesian framework.

The language you speak affects how you perceive the world around you.

For instance, speakers of ergative languages spend less time looking at agents and more time looking at the overall picture to faster grasp the action.

Moreover, these language-based differences in perception are also appreciated in the brain activity, with some languages needing a stronger activation of the neuronal population.

Eye tracking

Eye tracking

Alpha left frontal activity

Alpha left frontal activity

For more information on my work, see my latest publication in PLOS Biology.

About Me

I'm currently pursuing a PhD in comparative psycholinguistics. I'm interested in how langauge is produced and understood, equally from a computational and a neurological level.

I'm curious by nature. I love traveling, living in different countries, learning random geography facts, playing basketball and watching college football.

Contact

If you wish to reach out, feel free to use the buttons on the left side of the page to email me or DM me on Twitter (I do check my email more frequently than Twitter).