Dr. Harm Brouwer


2018- | PI in SFB1102: Information Density and Linguistic Encoding (IDeaL)
Saarland University

2016- | Scientific Staff (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter)
Psycholinguistics, Department of Language Science and Technology (FR 4.70) , Saarland University

2014-2016 | Marie Curie "Experienced Researcher" Fellow
LanPercept, Saarland University

2010-2014 | PhD in Cognitive Science (cum laude—highest possible distinction)
NWO, CLCG, BCN, University of Groningen

2008-2010 | MSc in Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences (cum laude—highest possible distinction)
BCN, University of Groningen

2005-2008 | BA in Information Science (cum laude—highest possible distinction)
CLCG, University of Groningen

Email: me[at]hbrouwer.eu

Work address: Psycholinguistics, Department of Language Science and Technology (FR 4.70)
Saarland University, Building 7.1, Room 1.20; Phone: +49 681 302 6554

honours and awards

2015 Robert J. Glushko Prize for outstanding dissertation in cognitive science.

latest updates

27.11.2019 | New paper: Semantic Entropy in Language Comprehension (Entropy)

24.06.2019 | New paper: A Framework for Distributional Formal Semantics (WoLLIC 2019)

13.06.2019 | New paper: Event-related potentials index lexical retrieval (N400) and integration (P600) during language comprehension (Brain and Cognition)

11.06.2019 | New software: Distributional Formal Semantics (DFS) Tools


journal articles

Venhuizen, N. J., Crocker, M. W., and Brouwer, H. (2019). Semantic Entropy in Language Comprehension. Entropy, 21(12), 1159. doi: 10.3390/e21121159 [pdf]

Delogu, F., Brouwer, H., and Crocker, M. W. (2019). Event-related potentials index lexical retrieval (N400) and integration (P600) during language comprehension. Brain and Cognition, 135. doi: 10.1016/j.bandc.2019.05.007 [pdf]

Venhuizen, N. J., Crocker, M. W., and Brouwer, H. (2019). Expectation-based Comprehension: Modeling the interaction of world knowledge and linguistic experience. Discourse Processes, 56:3, pp. 229-255. doi: 10.1080/0163853X.2018.1448677 [pdf]

Venhuizen, N. J., Bos, J., Hendriks, P. and Brouwer, H. (2018). Discourse Semantics with Information Structure. Journal of Semantics, 35(1), pp. 127-169. doi: 10.1093/jos/ffx017 [pdf]

Khachatryan, E., Brouwer, H., Staljanssens, W., Carrette, E., Meurs, A., Boon, P., Van Roost, D., and Van Hulle, M. (2018). A New Insight into Sentence Comprehension: the Impact of Word Associations in Sentence Processing as Shown by Invasive EEG Recording. Neuropsychologia, 108, pp. 103-116. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2017.12.002 [pdf]

Brouwer, H. and Crocker, M. W. (2017). On the proper treatment of the N400 and P600 in language comprehension. Frontiers in Psychology 8:1327. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01327 [pdf]

Brouwer, H., Crocker M. W., Venhuizen, N. J., and Hoeks, J. C. J. (2017). A Neurocomputational Model of the N400 and the P600 in Language Processing. Cognitive Science, 41(S6), pp. 1318-1352. doi: 10.1111/cogs.12461 [pdf] [supporting information]

Brouwer, H. and Crocker, M. W. (2016). On the Organization of the Perisylvian Cortex: Insights from the Electrophysiology of Language. Comment on "Towards a Computational Comparative Neuroprimatology: Framing the language-ready brain" by M.A. Arbib. Physics of Life Reviews, 16, pp. 58-60. doi: 10.1016/j.plrev.2015.12.006 [pdf]

Brouwer, H. and Hoeks J. C. J. (2013). A Time and Place for Language Comprehension: Mapping the N400 and the P600 to a Minimal Cortical Network. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 7:758. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00758 [pdf]

Hoeks, J. C. J., Stowe, L. A., Hendriks, P. and Brouwer, H. (2013). Questions left unanswered: How the brain responds to missing information. PLoS ONE, 8(10): e73594. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0073594 [pdf] [materials]

Brouwer, H., Fitz, H. and Hoeks, J. C. J. (2012). Getting real about Semantic Illusions: Rethinking the functional role of the P600 in language comprehension. Brain Research, 1446, pp. 127-143. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2012.01.055 [pdf]

book chapters

Brouwer, H., Crocker, M. W., and Venhuizen, N. J. (2017). Neural Semantics. In: Wieling, M., Kroon, M., Van Noord, G., and Bouma, G. (Eds.), From Semantics to Dialectometry: Festschrift for John Nerbonne, pp. 75-83. College Publications.

Hoeks, J. C. J. and Brouwer, H. (2014). Electrophysiological Research on Conversation and Discourse Processing. In: Holtgraves, T. (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Language and Social Psychology, pp. 365-386. New York: Oxford University Press. [pdf]

conference papers

Venhuizen, N. J., Hendriks, P., Crocker, M. W., and Brouwer, H. (2019). A Framework for Distributional Formal Semantics. In: Iemhoff, R., Moortgat, M., and de Queiroz, R. (Eds.), Logic, Language, Information, and Computation, Proceedings of the 26th International Workshop WoLLIC 2019, LNCS 11541, pp. 633-646. doi: 10.1007/978-3-662-59533-6_39 [pdf]

Calvillo, J., Brouwer, H. and Crocker, M. W. (2016). Connectionist Semantic Systematicity in Language Production. In: Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, pp. 2555-2560, August 10-13, Philadelphia, United States.

Venhuizen, N. J., Bos, J., Hendriks, P. and Brouwer, H. (2014). How and Why Conventional Implicatures Project. In: Proceedings of the 24rd Semantics and Linguistics Theory Conference (SALT24), pp. 63-83, May 30-June 1, New York, United States.

Venhuizen, N. J. and Brouwer, H. (2014). PDRT-SANDBOX: An implementation of Projective Discourse Representation Theory. In: Rieser, V. and Muller, P. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 18th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue, SemDial 2014 - DialWatt, pp. 249-251, September 1-3, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Venhuizen, N. J., Bos, J. and Brouwer, H. (2013). Parsimonious Semantic Representations with Projection Pointers. In: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS'13), March 19-22, Potsdam, Germany.

Brouwer, H., Fitz, H. and Hoeks, J. C. J. (2010). Modeling the noun phrase versus sentence coordination ambiguity in Dutch: Evidence from Surprisal Theory. In: Hale, J. H. (Ed.), Proceedings of the 2010 Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics, ACL2010, pp. 72-80, Uppsala, Sweden, 15 July 2010.

phd thesis

Brouwer, H. (2014). The Electrophysiology of Language Comprehension: A Neurocomputational Model. PhD thesis, University of Groningen. [pdf] [propositions] [précis]

Supervisors: prof. dr. J. C. J. Hoeks, prof. dr. ir. J. Nerbonne; Reading committee: prof. dr. P. Hendriks, prof. dr. M. Kutas, prof. dr. D. C. Plaut; Extended reading committee: prof. dr. J. J. A. van Berkum, prof. dr. G. R. Kuperberg

talks and posters

My resume contains a full list of talks and posters—send me an email to obtain a copy.

Some slides and posters can also be found on ResearchGate.



MESH: An artificial neural network simulator.

COALS: Implementation of the Correlated Occurrence Analogue to Lexical Semantics.

PDRT-SANDBOX: A Haskell library implementing (Projective) Discourse Representation Theory.

DFS Tools: Distributional Formal Semantics (DFS) tools.


LensOSX: A native MacOSX port of Lens, the light, efficient network simulator.

OSXtlearn: xtlearn wrapped in a MacOSX application bundle.



Neurocognition of Language, Winter 2019/20.


Semantic Theory, Summer 2019 (with Noortje J. Venhuizen)

Connectionist Language Processing, Summer 2019 (with Matthew W. Crocker)