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    5037 AB Tilburg


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Research interests

I carry out my research as a member of TiCC ( This research focuses on linguistic mental representations, more specifically on frequency-driven and context-defined representations. To what extent do we know, either explicitly or implicitly, in what contexts words and phrases typically occur? Do we make use of this knowledge when we process language? And how does this knowledge affect our interpretation and evaluation of language use and the language user? I make use of metalinguistic measures, such as familiarity judgments, as well as more indirect measures, e.g. perception of attractiveness of a text and its writer.

In my PhD-research, completed in 2010, the main research question was to what extent  implicit or explicit knowledge of morphological structure of lexical items plays a role in the mental lexicon. I looked at both the acquisition of new words and the processing of known words. Experiments to answer this question were carried out by monolingual Dutch children in primary school as well as their bilingual classmates who learn Dutch as a second language.

Current courses

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PhD supervision

I am a supervisor of PhD-students  Véronique Verhagen, Julie Han, and Tess van der Zanden.

External positions

Member neighborhoodcouncil Amsterdam-Oost (Gemeente Amsterdam)

1 Apr 20181 Apr 2022


  • Morphology
  • Spanish
  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Framing
  • Foreign Languages Acquisition
  • Linguistics

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Research Output 2004 2018

Predictive language processing revealing usage-based variation

Verhagen, V., Mos, M., Backus, A. & Schilperoord, J. 4 Jun 2018 In : Language and Cognition. 10, 2, p. 329-373 45 p.

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Taalaccommodatie in online datingprofielen: Effecten van opleidingsniveau en type datingsite op taalgebruik

van der Zanden, T., Mos, M. & Schouten, A. 12 Apr 2018 In : Tijdschrift voor Taalbeheersing. 40, 1, p. 83-106

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Acquiring and processing morpheme constructions: The MultiRep Model

Mos, M. 2017 Usage-based approaches to language acquisition and language teaching. Evers-Vermeul, J. & Tribushinina, E. (eds.). Boston/Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, p. 143-168 (Studies on Language Acquisition; vol. 55)

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Een goede tennisser verliest geen wedstrijden: effecten van congruentie in de verwerking van standpunt-argumentparen

Mos, M. & Kamoen, N. 2017

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Projects 2001 2003