Welcome to the Psycholinguistics Laboratory at the University of Zürich

The Psycholinguistics Laboratory is part of the Department of Comparative Linguistics. Our main mission is to understand the psychological foundations of language from a comparative point of view. Linguistic diversity is ubiquitous and the prerequisite of understanding how language works is to understand the role of diversity. Our goal is to find out how linguistic diversity influences processes in the brain and how languages of extreme diversity can be learned by children. Currently the laboratory has 2 main research areas:

 

The Psycholinguistics Laboratory is headed by Sabine Stoll.

News

  • Sabine Stoll, Jekaterina Mažara, Damián Blasi and Balthasar Bickel will present a talk titled "Children use statistical learning in naturalistic language acquisition: evidence from a large longitudinal corpus of a polysynthetic language" at "Interdisciplinary Advances in Statistical Learning" (Bilbao, June 28-30).

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  • Sabine Stoll has been invited to present the ACQDIV project at the ERC's 10th anniversary celebration at CERN on July 6. This is an important networking event which will be attended by the Swiss ERC grantees and Swiss science stakeholders such as the presidents of the universities and the federal institutes of technology or representatives of the SNSF.

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  • Sabine Stoll will present a talk titled "The quest for species-wide acquisition mechanisms: a radical diversity approach" at the workshop "Key questions and new methods in the data sciences" (organized by the MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, at Berg en Dal, June 15-18).

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  • At the "Explorative workshop on trilingual language acquisition" at the University of Leiden, Sabine Stoll contributed a talk titled "Documenting language acquisition in radically diverse languages and cultures".

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  • Steven Moran presented a talk titled "Investigating the phylogenesis of phonetic features" at the 25th Manchester Phonology Meeting (23-25 May, Manchester, England).

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