Centre for Languages and Literature

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


Merle Horne's research focuses on the investigation of interaction of prosody, grammar and lexicon in spoken language processing. The studies have a highly interdisciplinary character and involve the use of brain-imaging techniques available at the Humanities Lab and the Lund University BioImaging Center.



Books (1)
Editorships (7)
Articles (41)
Book chapters (9)
Conference contributions (66)
Reports (2)
Working papers (8)
Reviews (1)
Supervision at Lund University (5)

Research portal (Lund University)

Other tasks and qualifications

. 1972: B.A. (French) Dalhousie University, Canada
. 1976: M.A. (Linguistics) University of Ottawa, Canada
. 1987: Ph.D.(Linguistics), Lund University


. 2018-: Member of RÅG A (Rådgivande grupp A: Register och databaser samt infrastruktur för analyser och material för humaniora, medicin och samhällsvetenskap), Swedish Research Council

. 2005-2008: Member in Committee for Research Infrastructures, Swedish Research Council
. 2008: Member of the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies’ expert panel evaluating research infrastructures in the Humanities and Social Sciences

. Previous Head of Dept. of linguistics and phonetics, Lund University
. Previous Coordinator of Dept. of Linguistics, Centre for Language and Literature, Lund University

. 1992-1996: responsible scientist for HSFR/NUTEK speech technology project ‘Intonation in restrictive texts: modelling and synthesis’, Lund University
. 1997-1999: Responsible scientist for HSFR/NUTEK speech technology project ‘Prosody, grammar and discourse’ (subproject within the national ‘Swedish Dialogue Systems’), Lund University.
. 2001-2002: Responsible scientist for VINNOVA speech technology project ‘The role of function words in the processing of information in spontaneous speech: integrating prosodic and segmental cues’
. 2003-2004: Responsible scientist for VINNOVA speech technology project ’The role of function words in spontaneous speech processing’.
. 2005-2009: Responsible scientist for VR-project ‘Grammar, prosody, discourse and the brain. ERP studies in speech processing’
. 2010-2012: Responsible scientist for VR-project ‘Abstract, emotional and concrete words in the mental lexicon’
. 2011-2014 : Responsable scientist for HT-project 'Humanities and Medicine (HuMe)'
. 2012-2016: Responsible scientist for VR-project ‘Imaging tones: fMRI studies on the processing of prosody in the human brain'

• Co-supervisor for Mikael Noven's dissertation on changes in the brain's microstructure during acquisition of Swedish as L2 (in progress)
. Co-supervisor for Andrea Schremm’s dissertation Cognitive and neural mechanisms of inflectional morphology processing: Studies of native speakers and second language learners of Swedish (2018)
. Co-supervisor for Pelle Söderström’s dissertation Prosody and prediction in neural speech processing (2017)
. Co-supervisor for Sabine Gosselke’s dissertation on acquisition of grammatical tone (in progress)
. Main supervisor for Frida Mårtensson’s dissertation Concreteness, Specificity and Emotional Content in Swedish Nouns" (2016)
. Main supervisor for Mikael Roll's dissertation "The Neurophysiology of Grammatical Constraints" (2009)
. Co-supervisor for Gilbert Ambrazaitis’ dissertation Nuclear Intonation in Swedish – Evidence from Experimental-Phonetic Studies and a Comparison with German" (2009)
. Co-supervisor for Petra Hansson’s dissertation Prosodic Phrasing in Spontaneous Swedish" (2003)

. Member of Det Norske Videnskaps-Akademi (The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters)
. Member of Vetenskapssocieteten i Lund (New Society of Letters in Lund)

Merle Horne

General Linguistics
Centre for Languages and Literature

Contact information

E-mail merle.horneling.luse

Phone +46 46 222 94 32

Mobile +46 72 202 03 86

Room SOL:H415a

Visiting address Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address Box 201, 221 00 Lund

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