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

  • Dagmar Jung, Nikolaus Himmelmann and Sonja Gipper have given a talk titled "Bedrohte Sprachenvielfalt: Wissenschaftliche und gesellschaftliche Auswirkungen" at the panel discussion Bedrohte Sprachen of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften on November 18.

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  • Sabine Stoll will give an invited talk titled "How do children become proficient and creative language users?" at "Can A.I. understand humans? On language, creativity and ethics of A.I.". The event takes place at ETH Zurich (room HG E7) on Tuesday, 21 November, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., and also includes two other talks and a panel discussion.

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  • Dagmar Jung and Sabine Stoll have published "Language Transition(s): School Responses to Recent Changes in Language Choice in a Northern Dene Community (Canada)", a contribution to the edited volume "Language Practices of Indigenous Children and Youth: The Transition from Home to School".

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  • Steven Moran will present a poster at the 42nd Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD): "Worldwide frequency of phonemes predicts their age of acquisition". Connecting data from ACQDIV Corpus and PHOIBLE, his research shows that phonemes that are typologically frequent are on average acquired earlier in a diverse range of languages.

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  • Dagmar Jung has given a talk on metadata management in DESLAS at the Workshop on Metadata Editing and Collection Management, October 22-24, Alcanena, Portugal.

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