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:
ACQDIV team presenting at 9DSL
The ACQDIV team is presenting several talks at the 9th Days of Swiss Linguistics (June 29 - 30, Geneva).
The acquisition of polysynthetic verb forms in Chintang
Sabine Stoll, Jekaterina Mažara, and Balthasar Bickel have written a contribution to the Oxford Handbook of Polysynthesis (to appear). "The acquisition of polysynthetic verb forms in Chintang" explores which strategies children employ to acquire the polysynthetic verbal morphology of Chintang.
Steven Moran et al. present ACQDIV database
Steven Moran, Robert Schikowski, Danica Pajović, Cazim Hysi and Sabine Stoll have presented the paper "The ACQDIV Database: Min(d)ing the Ambient Language" at the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference ( LREC 2016 ), from 23-28 May, in Portorož, Slovenia.
Dagmar Jung to present DESLAS
Dagmar Jung is going to present DESLAS at the Dene (Athapaskan) Languages Conference on June 6th in Yellowknife, NT (Canada), together with Olga Lovick (First Nations University of Canada) and David Ruelling (Clearwater River Dene School). The title of the talk will be The Dëne Sųłıné Language Acquisition Study (DESLAS) .
Sabine Stoll presents ACQDIV to Neuroinformaticians
On April 20, Sabine Stoll will give a talk at the UZH Institute of Neuroinformatics on "Universal principles in language acquisition: a new crosslinguistic approach".