I study language from the perspective of cognitive neuroscience. Specifically, I explore the nature of phonological competence and its interaction with the sensorimotor system involved in speech. I teach courses related to linguistics, phonetics, and cognitive science.



Phonology and Phonetics

2022 (forthcoming). MIT Press.

The book outlines a program for the study of phonology as a branch of cognitive science. Building on the legacy of classical generative phonology and biolinguistics, it provides a theoretical framework that strictly differentiates phonological competence from aspects of articulation, acoustics and perception. Its main argument is that phonological competence is to be characterized as a formal—that is, explicit, logically precise, and substance-free—manipulation of abstract symbols. It proposes that a productive way to execute this program is to adopt a model called Logical Phonology, where phonological competence is described and explained by a system that maps between phonological data structures like strings via rules constructed from basic set-theoretic operations. The book shows the merits of this model by applying it to Turkish, Hungarian, English and Croatian data. The remote and complex relationship between phonological competence and speech is elucidated by Cognitive Phonetics, which proposes that the outputs of phonology are transduced via two algorithms into temporally distributed neuromuscular activities. Taken together, Logical Phonology and Cognitive Phonetics aim to explain the nature of what is loosely referred to in the literature as ‘the externalization of language’ and to delineate its components.

Generative Phonology

2020. Ibis grafika.

The book presents the main principles of various phonological theories such as classical rule-based phonology, Lexical Phonology and Optimality Theory, and applies them in the description of Croatian.



Phonology and Phonetics of L2 Telugu English


Studies in Linguistics and Literature 5/1: 46–69. 

Vowel Harmony in Substance Free Phonology


In The Handbook of the History of Phonology. Dresher, Elan & Harry van der Hulst (eds.). §34. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Conquer Primal Fear: Phonological Features are Innate and Substance-Free


Canadian Journal of Linguistics (Special Issue: Melodic Primes in Phonology) 66/4: 1–42.

Naturalism, Internalism, and Nativism:
<What> The Legacy of The Sound Pattern of English <Should Be>


In Blackwell Companion to Chomsky. Rey, Georges et al. (eds.). 96–108. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. 

Formal Generative Phonology


Radical: A Journal of Phonology 2/1: 1–148.

Croatian Place Assimilation of Sibilant Fricatives


Proceedings of the 7th Annual Meeting on Phonology.

Continuancy in Nasal Place Assimilation: An Electropalatographic Study


Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Science.

The Intervocalic Palatal Glide in Cognitive Phonetics


Proceedings of the 49th Annual Meeting of the North American Linguistic Society.

Nasal Place Assimilation in Substance Free Logical Phonology


Loquens 3/1.

Cognitive Phonetics: The Transduction of Distinctive Features at the Phonology-Phonetics Interface


Biolinguistics 11: 251–294.

Optimality Theory in Phonology, Part 2


Croatica et Slavica Iadertina 12/2: 447–478.

Optimality Theory in Phonology, Part 1


Croatica et Slavica Iadertina 11/2: 333–360.

A Short History of Neurolinguistics


Journal of the Institute of Croatian Language and Linguistics  41/2: 377–391.



In Phonetics - Fundamentals, Potential Applications, and Role in Communicative Disorders. 47–86. Davis, Jasmine (ed.). New York: Nova Science Publishers. 

Croatian Voicing Assimilation in Optimality Theory


Jezik (Language) 62/5: 178–192.

Sociolinguistic Research of Croatian Orthography


Jezikoslovlje (Linguistics) 16/1: 69–102.

Acoustic Analysis of the Intervocalic [ j ] in Croatian Speech


Govor (Speech) 30/2: 117–151.



Optimality Theory in Phonology

April 2021

Series of four lectures delivered at the Department of Phonetics, University of Zagreb.

Phonological Features as Neural Symbols

October 2020

PhonolEEGy: Workshop on Electrophysiological Research and Phonological Theory. University of Côte d'Azur.

The Externalization of Language

February 2020

Meeting of the Linguistics Student Association. Invited speaker. Concordia University.

Amodal Complements, Natural Classes, and the Poverty of the Stimulus

October 2019

The 7th Annual Meeting on Phonology (AMP). Stony Brook University.

Croatian Place Assimilation in Logical Phonology

October 2019

The 7th Annual Meeting on Phonology (AMP). Stony Brook University.

Continuancy in Nasal Place Assimilation: An Electropalatographic Study

August 2019

The 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS). University of Melbourne.

Place Assimilation of Sibilant Fricatives in Logical Phonology

May 2019

The 27th Manchester Phonology Meeting (MFM). University of Manchester.

Logical Formalisms in Teaching Phonology

May 2019

Teaching Phonology: The State of the Art (MFM27 Fringe). University of Manchester.

The Phonology-Phonetics Interface

May 2019

Workshop in Theoretical Phonology (WTPh). Invited speaker. Concordia University.

Cognitive Phonetics: From Linguistic Competence to Linguistic Performance

December 2018

Zagreb Linguistic Circle. Invited speaker. University of Zagreb.

The Intervocalic Palatal Glide in Cognitive Phonetics

October 2018

The 49th Annual Meeting of the North American Linguistic Society (NELS). Cornell University.

Continuancy in Nasal Place Assimilation

May 2018

The 26th Manchester Phonology Meeting (MFM). University of Manchester.

Cognitive Phonetics: The Phonology-Phonetics Interface

May 2018

The 10th North American Phonology Conference (NAPhC). Invited speaker. Concordia University.

Recognizing Intrasegmental Coarticulation

May 2017

Représentations Cognitives, Journée Montréalaise des Sciences Cognitives. UQAM.

Croatian Regressive Voicing Assimilation in Optimality Theory

January 2016

Zagreb Linguistic Circle. University of Zagreb.

Some Controversial Aspects of Optimality Theory

June 2015

Budapest Linguistics Conference (BLINC). Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Sociolinguistic Research of Croatian Orthography

June 2015

Croatian Applied Linguistics Society.

University of Zadar.

Acoustic Analysis of the Intervocalic [ j ] in Croatian Speech

December 2013

Speech Research (SR). University of Zagreb.



Linguistics Program – Department of Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics
Concordia University (Montreal, Canada)

LING 200

Introduction to Linguistic Science

This course provides an introduction to the principles of general linguistics. There is an emphasis on synchronic linguistic analysis, with a brief examination of historical and comparative linguistics.

LING 372


The course covers four areas that are traditionally taken to constitute phonetics — the scientific study of speech: speech production, phonetic transcription, acoustics of speech, and speech perception. In each of these areas the course particularly focuses on those aspects of phonetics that can serve as tools in the study of the human language faculty.

LING 373


The course provides an introduction to contemporary phonology, the study of abstract sound patterns of language. It covers the fundamental phonological concepts and notational techniques, and provides students with extensive training in data analysis and rule writing. Attention is also given to the logic behind phonological reasoning and to some current issues in cognitive science.

LING 380


This course consists of a survey of linguistic morphology, the study of word structure, and the tools used to perform morphological analysis. It also provides an overview of contemporary morphological theory.

LING 421

Non-Indo-European Structures

The course is intended to give the student an in-depth acquaintance with the structure of a language that differs markedly from that of familiar Indo-European languages. The course involves working with a native speaker and/or from textual material. The main goals of this course are to (1) introduce students to linguistic fieldwork, focusing on elicitation of data from native speakers; (2) introduce students to the structure of a non-Indo-European language; (3) learn to connect elicited and analyzed data to linguistic theory.

LING 473

Advanced Phonology

This course treats current issues in phonological theory. It explores the basics of major phonological
theories such as Autosegmental Phonology, Metrical Phonology, Lexical Phonology, Government
Phonology, and Optimality Theory.

LING 475

History of Linguistics

The course surveys the study of language from the earliest beginnings in Ancient Greece and India to the present day.

LING 490

Neurobiological Foundations of Language and Speech

The course is an advanced seminar in neurolinguistics and neurophonetics. It consists of a survey of (1) the anatomy and physiology of the human nervous system, focusing on brain areas implicated in language and speech; (2) research methods in cognitive neuroscience; (3) theoretical issues in neurobiology of language and speech. The course gives special consideration to brain-based disorders of language and speech.



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