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Neural evidence for the role of shared space in online comprehension of spatial demonstratives
Jan 26, 2015
A fundamental property of language is that it allows us to refer to the things around us, for instance by using spatial demonstratives like "this" and "that" in English. In a recent paper published in Cognition, David Peeters and colleagues present two ERP experiments on the neural mechanisms involved in the comprehension of such demonstratives in a visual everyday context. more >
Genetic variants that shape the brain
Jan 22, 2015
A major new study published in Nature this week describes the discovery of several genetic variants that influence brain anatomy. Researchers from the MPI Language and Genetics Department were part of the global team of authors. more >
Gender and classifiers: areal and genealogical perspectives
Jan 20, 2015
Workshop on Gender and classifiers: areal and genealogical perspectives, organized by Greville Corbett , Sebastian Fedden (Surrey Morphology Group), Edith Sjoerdsma and Gunter Senft (MPI for Psycholinguistics) more >
Asifa Majid wins Ammodo KNAW Award 2015 for Humanities
Jan 16, 2015
Asifa Majid, research associate and alumna of the MPI Nijmegen, has won the prestigious Ammodo KNAW award for her innovative research on the relation between language, cognition, and the senses. more >
Vision verbs dominate in conversation across cultures, but the ranking of non-visual verbs varies
Jan 15, 2015
Across the world people chat about what they see, hear, and feel. Is what they talk about a reflection of their underlying biology or a matter of cultural variation? A team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Psycholinguistics and Radboud University in Nijmegen have found new evidence for a pan-human preference for talking about vision. more >
MPI researchers contribute to first issue of Annual Review of Linguistics
Jan 13, 2015
2015 sees publication of the first issue of Annual Review of Linguistics, which aims to cover significant developments in all areas of linguistics. Three of the articles in the inaugural issue are authored by researchers at the MPI for Psycholinguistics, testifying to the influence of research carried out at the institute. more >
Jeremy Hammond defends PhD on January 14
Jan 10, 2015
Reference tracking allows speakers to understand who they are talking about at any given second, and it gives them the tools to link information to a topic of their conversation. Jeremy Hammond travelled to Vanuatu, a small Pacific nation, to document and study how speakers there do reference in their native language. more >
How we pronounce loanwords depends on our opinion of the donor culture
Dec 23, 2014
Loanwords often contain foreign sounds. New research shows that the way speakers pronounce the foreign sounds depends on social factors, such as how prestigious they perceive the donor culture to be in the loanword's semantic domain. more >
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The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is an institute of the German Max Planck Society. Our mission is to undertake basic research into the psychological,social and biological foundations of language. The goal is to understand how our minds and brains process language, how language interacts with other aspects of mind, and how we can learn languages of quite different types.

The institute is situated on the campus of the Radboud University. We participate in the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and have particularly close ties to that institute's Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging. We also participate in the Centre for Language Studies. A joint graduate school, the IMPRS in Language Sciences, links the Donders Institute, the CLS and the MPI.



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