About

pictureI am a researcher at the Department of Neurosurgery, McGovern Medical School, University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth), at the Texas Institute for Restorative Neurotechnologies (TIRN).

I study language processing in the brain using imaging and invasive electrocorticography (ECoG), with subdural implanted grids and invasive sEEG depth electrodes, to analyse neural time series data in patients receiving seizure mapping for pharmaco-resistant epilepsy. My main areas of research are the neurobiological basis of syntax and semantics, phase-amplitude coupling, and theoretical syntax. More broadly, my interests include the evolution of language and current topics in philosophy of language and pragmatics.

My other affilitations are with the Department of Linguistics, University College London (PhD candidate in Linguistics); Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, University College London (MEG researcher, Linguistic combinatorics, 2016-18); Department of Psychology, University of Westminster (Lecturer in Psychobiology, 2016-18).

My next book will be The Oscillatory Nature of Language (Cambridge University Press).

I am the author of Unmaking Merlin: Anarchist Tendencies in English Literature (Zero Books, 2014). I also write about politics and have been involved in anti-war, anti-arms trade and anti-austerity campaigning. I was a representative for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) from 2014-2017 and I run the Biolinguistics Facebook page.

You can contact me at elliot.murphy@uth.tmc.edu and follow me on Twitter @Elliot Murphy91.

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