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Alexandre Nikolaev

PhD (Generel Linguistics), University of Eastern Finland

Room 248

Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
P.O. Box 4
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki

Tel +358-(0)2941 23459
Email alexandre.nikolaev (AT) helsinki.fi




Research interests

  • Language processing
  • Morphology
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Aging
  • ERPs
  • Finnish language

Current research

Morphological Language Impairment in Alzheimer's Disease

The grammars of Finnish and English differ so substantially that studies of language in Finnish speakers suggest a markedly different picture of the relationship between humans’ grammar and lexicon than the one standardly assumed based on studies primarily of English speakers. In this research project, Nikolaev will thus use Finnish as a tool to reconsider classic questions in the literature about language decline in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). By designing and implementing linguistic tests with recordings of neurophysiological electrical activity on the scalp, I will explore how and when language impairments manifest themselves in individuals with AD in Finnish and English. The results will be of crucial importance for linguists studying language pathologies as well as for psychologists creating test batteries for better diagnoses of AD.