Centre for Languages and Literature

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


I investigate how the brain processes speech (neurolinguistics). I lead projects with a consolidation grant from VR and grants from KAW and MAW, using high resolution magnetic resonanance imaging (MRI) to explore to what extent speech perception can be integrated into general auditory perception. As a Wallenberg Academy Fellow and in a project from MAW, I have also lead the work of tracing how speech melody is used to predict and facilitate processing of grammatical structure. Aids have also been developed for second language learning of the speech melody-grammar association.


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I have previously led a research project exploring how time-based decay of word forms in short-term memory influence sentence processing. I have also used Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA) to investigate how words’ degree of abstractness affect associations in speakers with Broca’s aphasia.



Books (1)
Editorships (4)
Articles (32)
Book chapters (3)
Conference contributions (38)
Working papers (1)
Reviews (1)
Articles in specialist publications and popular press (1)
Supervision at Lund University (3)

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  • Manager of Research and Research Education at General Linguistics
  • Member, Board of Section 1, Centre for Languages and Literature


Other tasks and qualifications

Wallenberg Academy Fellow

Swedish Academy award to postdoctoral researchers, 2014 for valuable contributions to knowledge about the Swedish language.

Einar Hansen's research award 2015 for outstanding achievements in humanistic research.

Research award from Inga and John Hain's foundation for scientific humanistic research 2017.

Mikael Roll

Manager of Research and Research Education
General Linguistics
Centre for Languages and Literature

Centre for Languages and Literature

Contact information

E-mail mikael.rollling.luse

Phone +46 46 222 99 05

Room SOL:H415b

Visiting address Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address Box 201, 221 00 Lund

Internal post code 20

Mobile +46 46 222 99 05