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Languages less arbitrary than long assumed
Oct 02, 2015
It is a cornerstone of theoretical linguistics: the principle of arbitrariness, according to which the form of a word doesn’t tell you anything about its meaning. Yet evidence is accumulating that natural languages do in fact feature several non-arbitrary ways to link form and meaning, and these are more prevalent than assumed. A new review in Trends in Cognitive Sciences presents a comprehensive case for supplementing the cherished principle of arbitrariness with other types of associations between form and meaning. more >
MPI researchers will join Human Brain Project
Oct 01, 2015
MPI researchers, together with researchers in France and Spain, will receive competitive grant funding to join the European Commission's Flagship Human Brain Project. The transnational group of researchers, coordinated by MPI's Clyde Francks, proposed a set of inter-related studies called 'MULTI-LATERAL: Multi-level Integrative Analysis of Brain Lateralization for Language'. more >
De Nijmeegse Taalmiddag: 3 oktober
Oct 01, 2015
Op 3 oktober opent de Lindenberg in Nijmegen haar deuren voor een middag vol taal. Prominente taalwetenschappers uit heel Nederland geven lezingen over babytaal, tweetalig onderwijs, en hoe taal verandert door sociale media. Tussen de lezingen door is er verder van alles te doen. Zo is er een taalmarkt waar u kennis kunt maken met echte taalexperimenten en taalgerelateerde organisaties. Verder staan er de gehele middag enthousiaste jonge onderzoekers klaar achter de Kennisbar om al uw vragen over taalonderzoek te beantwoorden. more >
IMPRS Writing Contest prize for article on sleep and language acquisition
Sep 29, 2015
The International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences 2015 writing contest for PhD students was won by a three-author team of Emma Valtersson (Language & Cognition), Moritz Negwer (Language & Genetics), and Johanna de Vos (Donders). For their article, they talked with prof. Rebecca Gómez about her work on the role of sleep and wakefulness in learning language. more >
Workshop: “Self-monitoring and control in speech production”
Sep 24, 2015
The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is pleased to announce the workshop "Self-monitoring and control in speech production". A group of international researchers will gather to present their latest findings on how speakers monitor and control the processing of language production. The workshop will be held in Nijmegen on October 5th and 6th, 2015. more >
IMPRS workshop: "Perspectives on the ontogeny of mutual understanding"
Sep 23, 2015
The International Max Planck Research School for the Language Sciences is pleased to announce "Perspectives on the Ontogeny of Mutual Understanding". For this two-day workshop, an international and cross-disciplinary group of researchers will present their latest work on language, interaction, and social cognition in early human development. more >
Jerome Bruner centenarian
Sep 21, 2015
On October 1st, renowned psychologist Jerome Bruner will celebrate his 100th birthday, and our Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics joins in the celebration. Bruner played a key role in the "cognitive revolution", made significant contributions to research in perception and thought, became a leader in the theory of education and significantly shaped the study of cognitive and language development. The centenarian also played a crucial role in the establishment of the Institute. more >
Ig Nobel prize for MPI researchers
Sep 18, 2015
MPI researchers Mark Dingemanse, Francisco Torreira and Nick Enfield have won a coveted Ig Nobel Prize for their work which shows that ‘Huh?’—a word people use when they missed what someone just said—may well be a universal word. The prize was awarded in the same week that their research group published a major follow-up study on how people deal with misunderstandings in conversation. more >
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About MPI


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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