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

  • The Psycholinguistics Laboratory (Department of Comparative Linguistics) and the research group Developmental Psychology: Infancy and Childhood (Department of Psychology) offer three PhD positions in an SNF project titled "The role of causality in early verb learning: language-specific factors vs. universal strategies" that is scheduled to start in late 2017. Find more details in the job ad.

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  • Dagmar Jung has been invited for a talk at the University of Melbourne, which will be titled "Transcription as family affair: representing variation in the Dene language acquisition study." The talk will be held on February 17, 2017.

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  • Hannah Lutzenberger (UVA) has started an internship in the ACQDIV project. She will be working on the acquisition of negation in the sign language Kata Kolok between December 19 and February 19.

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  • Sabine Stoll has given an invited talk titled "Finding universals in acquisition strategies: The maximum-diversity approach" at the University of Cologne on December 16.

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  • The ACQDIV team has presented a talk titled "Frequent frames in maximally diverse languages" at BUCLD 41. The talk was authored by Steven Moran, Damián Blasi, and Sabine Stoll, who also gave the talk. It is scheduled to be turned into an article.

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