Juliana Novo Gomes

Grau académico: Doutoramento

Categoria profissional: Investigador Contratado

Grupo(s) de Investigação:


Telefone: +351926066719



Nota biográfica:

Juliana Novo is a Brazilian linguist with a background that features a strong background in Theoretical and Experimental Linguistics. In addition to her experience and passion for syntactic and semantic generative systems and the unbounded combinatory processes of human language processing, she has expertise with EEG/ERPs and Eye-tracking research methods, data analysis and programming (Python and R).
As a Language researcher, she aims at understanding the neural bases of syntactic structure building. Thus, in addition to studies directly targeting sentence-level syntax-semantics, her research has also addressed word-level processes, such as lexical access, morphological and semantic decomposition.
Recently, her research has also focused on characterising the brain mechanisms of reading and learning a language - such as those underlining the N170.
She has coordinated several projects on the syntax-semantics interface; language processing, language acquisition, indigenous language (Karajá) and educational neuroscience.
She is FCT Researcher at CEHUM at University of Minho. She is Associate Researcher at the Theoretical and Experimental Linguistics Group (LTE/UMinho), at the Syntactic Access Lab (Acesin Lab/UFRJ), Electroencephalography and Eye-tracking Lab (LER Lab/UFRJ). She is associate editor of Revista Diacrítica and Prolingua (UFPB) and since 2020, she is member of the Psycholinguistics and Neuroscience of Language of ABRALIN.

Juliana Novo é uma linguista brasileira com sólida formação em Linguística Teórica e Experimental. Além de sua experiência e paixão por sistemas generativos de sintaxe e semântica e, pelos processos combinatórios ilimitados de processamento da linguagem, ela tem experiência com EEG/ERPs e rastreamento ocular, análise de dados e programação (Python e R).
Como pesquisadora de linguagem, ela visa compreender as bases neurais da construção de estruturas sintáticas. Assim, além de estudos que visam diretamente a interface sintaxe-semântica no nível da frase, sua pesquisa também abordou processos no nível da palavra, como acesso lexical, decomposição morfológica e semântica.
Recentemente, sua pesquisa também se concentrou na caracterização dos mecanismos cerebrais de ler e aprender uma língua - como os subjacentes ao N170.
Ela coordenou vários projetos na interface sintaxe-semântica; processamento de linguagem, aquisição de linguagem, língua indígena (Karajá) e neurociência educacional.
É Investigadora da FCT no CEHUM na Universidade do Minho. É Investigadora Associada ao Grupo de Linguística Teórica e Experimental (LTE/UMinho), ao Laboratório de Acesso Sintáctico (Acesin Lab/UFRJ) e Laboratório de Electroencefalografia e Rastreamento (LER Lab/UFRJ). É editora associada da Revista Diacrítica e Prolingua (UFPB) e desde 2020 é membro diretor do Grupo de Trabalho de Psicolinguística e Neurociência da Linguagem da ABRALIN.

Interesses de investigação:

Linguística Teórica, Linguística Experimental, Psicolinguística, Neurociência da Linguagem, EEG, Aquisição da Linguagem.


PhD in Neuroscience of Language, UFRJ - CU Boulder

MA in Neuroscience of Language, UFRJ, Brazil

BA in Portuguese and German Language and Literature Studies, UFRJ, Brazil

Experiência profissional:

2020: FCT Researcher at CEHUM, University of Minho, Portugal

2019-2020: Visiting Professor of Linguistics, Federal University of Paraíba, Brazil

2017-2018: PosDoc Researcher, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2014-2016: Assistant Professor, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2010-2014: Research Scholar, Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lab, University of Colorado, US


  • 2020 - ... (Coordenador)

    A neuroscience of language study comparing the It-Cleft Constructions in European and Brazilian Portuguese

    Recent event-related brain potentials (ERP) studies report that implausible verb-argument combinations, as in 'The surfer attacked the shark at the beach', can deceive the processor and favor a semantically attractive interpretation (Kim & Osterhout, 2005). This view predicts partially independent, but highly interactive syntactic and semantic processing streams. Under this assumption, in such sentences, if syntactic cues fail to support a semantically attractive interpretation ('surfer' as the Agent of a 'shark-attacking’) and the syntactic cues are overwhelmed, the sentence would be perceived as syntactically ill-formed, although such eliciting conditions do not involve outright syntactic anomaly.
    Following up on the results found in GOMES, 2014; GOMES e França, 2015; Gomes & França, 2020 (to appear), we designed a new study using EEG/ERP to map distinguished syntactic and semantic processes (N400 and P600) addressing the focus as embodied in It-clefts clauses, contrasting BP and EP.
    FCT Researcher Grant 2018, CEHUM, LTE
  • 2020 - 2020 (Coordenador)

    Noticing the evidence: a self-paced reading study on syntactic-semantic Illusions

    Understanding a linguistic expression typically requires integrating it into a discursive context. This often requires resolving ambiguities at different conceptual levels and, in some cases, the incremental stimulus seems to deceive the parser and cause a semantic illusion. In order to explain the operations involved in processing these types of sentences, there is a dispute between theories if, in addition to lexical and syntactic constraints, comprehenders should resort to pragmatic knowledge. Seeking to better understand the processing of sentences in which there is mismatch between the processor and the final representation, we designed a Study in Brazilian Portuguese, comparing sentences in three different levels of syntactic embeddings (Coordination, Hypotaxis and Subordination) with two levels of linear order of the embedded clause (Initial vs. Final). The results show that awareness to semantic illusions can be influenced by the semantic relationship of the unexpected word and the surrounding context. However, we believe that manipulating of embedded clauses also have influenced the underlying processing. Thus, the relationship between noticing the unexpected word and structural complexity seems to be inversely proportional: the semantic illusion is used in this study to measure the difficulty of processing syntactic embeddings vis-à-vis other constructions.
    Presented on APL 2020; LARC, 2020; ENELP 2020 and ANPOLL 2020.



  • Gomes, J.N.; França, A. I.; Okuno, H.Y.; Carvalho, F.; Guedes, G.; (submitted). SFRP paradigm: when you can have the eye gaze and the brain waves too. Special Issue in EEG Methods for Developmental Cognitive Neuroscientists: A Tutorial Approach, Frontiers in Neuroscience.
  • Maia, M.; Gomes, J.N.; Garcia, D.C. (Accepted) Non-weird (Psycho)Linguistic Endeavors: Theoretical and Applied Research with the Karaja people of Central Brazil. Special Issue in Towards a Just and Equitable Applied Psycholinguistics, Applied Psycholinguistics
  • Gomes, J., & França, A. (2021). Processing it-cleft sentences in Brazilian Portuguese: an ERP study of leftward-moved constituents in role-reversed sentences. Revista Linguíʃtica, 16(Esp.), 495-520. doi:

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  • Gomes, J. N.; Cataldo Lopes, J. Pode a língua ser telepatia?. Revista da ABRALIN, v. 19, n. 2, p. 1-7, 16 Jul. 2020.
  • Soto, M.; Franca, A. I.; Gomes, Juliana Novo; Manhaes, A. G. (2019) Neurophysiology of grapheme decoding. Revista da Abralin. , p.402 - 433.
  • Gomes JN, França AI, Maia M, Rilliard A.(2017) Prosody as a recursive embedding tool in production and perception of karajá: an acoustic and neuropsycholinguistic investigation. J. of Speech Sci.101-23.

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  • Soto, M., França, A. I., Gomes, J. N., & Manhães, A. G. (2015). In what context does context matter? An ERP study of sentence processing in Brazilian Portuguese. Letras De Hoje, 50(1), 120-130.

    Indexado em: SCOPUS

  • GOMES, J. N.; FRANÇA, A. I. The ample semantic scope of minute language computations: an ERP study of words in Portuguese. Revista da ANPOLL, Anpoll, v. 34, p. 309-346, 2013. Disponível em: 45.

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  • GOMES, Juliana Novo; França, A.I.. (2008) A direcionalidade no relacionamento semântico: um estudo de potênciais bioelétricos relacionados a eventos linguísticos. Revista Veredas (UFJF)., v.2, p.167 – 170.

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  • França, A., Lemle, M., Pederneira, I., & Gomes, J. (2015). Conexões conceptuais: um estudo psicolinguístico de priming encoberto. Revista Linguíʃtica, 1(2). doi:

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Capítulos em livros

  • Maia, M.; França, A.I.; Gesualdi, A.; Lage, A.C.; Oliveira, C.; Soto,M.; Gomes, J.N. (2018). The processing of PP embedding and coordination in Karaja and in Brazilian Portuguese. In: L.Amaral, M. Maia, A. Nevins, T. Roeper. Recursion across domains. Cambridge University Press.
  • Franca, A. I.; Lage, A. C.; Gomes, J.N.; Soto, M.; Manhaes, A. G. Cérebro e leitura: Educação, Neurociência e o novo aluno na era do conhecimento In: Cérebro e leitura: Educação, Neurociência e o novo aluno na era do conhecimento. Ed.Campinas: Mercado de Letras, 2018, v.1, p. 221-250.
  • Sacramento Junior, L. C. G.; Manhaes, A. G.; Gomes, J.N.; França, A. I. (2016) Otimização dos filtros utilizados em Potenciais Relacionados a Eventos Linguísticos IN: Otimização de filtros. Ed.Rio de Janeiro: Publit Soluções Editoriais, v.1, p. 169-199.
  • Gomes, J. N. & França, A. I. (2015). A técnica de ERP: investigando a assimetria sujeito-objeto na interface sintaxe-semântica com EEG. Letras De Hoje, 50(3), 360-370.

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Artigos em livros de atas

  • Gomes, J. N.; Soto, M.; Gesualdi, A. R.; Lage, A. C.; França, A. I. Towards the unification of the N400 in lexical access and in sentence processing In: Society of Psychophysiological Research, 2011, Boston - Massachussets. 51st Annual Meeting. , 2011. v.1. p.97 - 98
  • GOMES, J. N., França, A. I. (2009) A Direcionalidade No Relacionamento Semântico: Um estudo de potenciais bioelétricos relacionados a eventos lingüisticos. In: Vi Congresso Internacional Da Abralin, Revista da Abralin.
  • Gomes, J. N.; França, A. I.; Cagy, M.; Infantosi, A. F. C. Putting Syntactic tabs on semantic relatedness: an ERP study of Brazilian Portuguese words. In: Proceedings of SPR - 49TH ANNUAL MEETING – BERLIN, 2009, Berlin. Society for Psychophysiological Research, Germany: Berliner Congress Center, 2009. p.3 - 193

Outras publicações

  • Gomes, J.N..Investigating the dissociation between N400 and P600 effects on the syntax and semantic interface: An ERP study. 2014. Doctoral Thesis, Linguistics Graduate Program, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Advisors: Aniela I. França and Albert Kim.

Participação em eventos

  • Colóquio/Congresso

    Gomes, J.N.; Maia, M. (2021). Noticing the evidence: a self-paced reading study on syntactic-semantic Illusions. Presented to: The Third Experimental Portuguese Linguistics Workshop.

  • Colóquio/Congresso

    Barbosa, P.; Gomes, J.N.; Flores, C.M.; Lourenço-Gomes, M.C.; Araújo, S. (2021). Are preverbal dative experiencers in EP "quirky" subjects? A self-paced online study. Accepted to: The Third Experimental Portuguese Linguistics Workshop

  • Curso breve/Workshop (Por convite)

    Gomes, J.N. (2021). Workshop for Internet Based Linguistics Experiments in IBEX. Presented at The Word Lab Seminars, Portugal (online).

  • Curso breve/Workshop (Por convite)

    Gomes, J.N. (2021). Let’s Talk about Experimental Methodologies in Language Processing. Presented at The Word Lab Seminars, Portugal (online).

  • Colóquio/Congresso

    Gomes, J.N. (2020). Psycholinguistics and Education. Presentation at The III Meeting on Portuguese Language Teaching (III ENELP).

  • Colóquio/Congresso (Por convite)

    Gomes, J.N. Maia, M. (2020). Noticing the Illusion: a self-paced study on coordination, adjunction and embedding. Presentation at XXXV ENANPOLL (online).

  • Colóquio/Congresso

    Gomes, J.N.; Maia, M. (2020). Illusion effects on coordination, adjunction and embedding: a self-paced study on structural complexity. Presentation at XXXVI ENAPL. Associação Portuguesa de Linguística (online).

  • Aula aberta (Por convite)

    Gomes, J.N. (2020). The Neuroscience of Language and the ERPs to Language Processing. Presentation at Lunch Seminars, Institute of Arts and Humanities, University of Minho, Portugal.

  • Colóquio/Congresso (Por convite)

    Gomes, J.N. (2020). Syntax-Semantic Interface Effects: Experimental data. Presentation at The Research Seminar UMinho-University of Santiago de Compostela, UMinho

  • Colóquio/Congresso (Por convite)

    Ferreira, N.O.; Ottoni, T., Gomes, J.N.; França, A.I.; (2019). Focusing on the Theory of Mind (ToM): a psycholinguistic study. Presentation at Workshop on Undergraduate Research, Brazil.

  • Colóquio/Congresso (Por convite)

    Gomes, J.N. (2018). Neurophysiology Marker of Literacy: Investigating the descriptive scope of the N170. Presentation at Science for Education Meeting, Brazil.

  • Colóquio/Congresso (Por convite)

    Gomes, J.N. (2018). The N400 as a marker of Guessing reading strategy: a Neurophysiological study.Presentation at Science for Education Meeting, Brazil.