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Information structure and reference tracking in complex sentences from a cross linguistic perspective
Apr 09, 2014
Syntax, Typology, and Information Structure Group has just published a book on the ways in which information structure and reference tracking determine the syntax of complex sentences in a wide array of lesser-known languages. They show that complex syntax is in part a product of the need to stratify information conveyed by the sentence. more >
Problem solving in the presence of others causes problems for chimps
Apr 03, 2014
Chimpanzees are generally not known for their generosity, yet they have shown quite some skill at cooperating with each other under certain circumstances. more >
Peter Hagoort becomes member of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen
Mar 10, 2014
Peter Hagoort has been elected a member of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities). more >
Jana Reifegerste defends PhD on March 7
Mar 06, 2014
Words consist of smaller meaningful parts, morphemes. The question is whether words consisting of multiple morphemes are stored and processed as whole words or whether they are decomposed into their smaller units. Jana Reifegerste, PhD in MPI's Psychology of Language Department, found that whether or not a word is accessed through decomposition depends on cognitive factors such as age and task demands, and linguistic factors such as lexical category and the morphological richness of a language. Reifegerste defends her thesis, "Morphological processing in younger and older people: Evidence for flexible dual-route access", on March 7 at 14.30, in the Radboud University Aula. more >
Understanding Pragmatics - a new introduction to the discipline
Feb 20, 2014
Gunter Senft has just published his textbook Understanding Pragmatics in Greville Corbett's and Bernard Comrie's series Understanding Language. Ken Turner (University of Brighton) describes Senft's book as "easily the most useful and engaging introduction to pragmatics that is currently available". more >
Call to scientists: stop excluding left-handed people from scientific studies!
Feb 14, 2014
Left-handed people really do have different brains and genes from right-handed people. Yet left-handed people are almost never included as study subjects in scientific research. Therefore in an article in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, Roel Willems and his colleagues from the Donders Institute and Max Planck Institute in Nijmegen call for more research into left-handed people. The article was published online on 12 February 2014. more >
Revisiting the limits of language
Jan 31, 2014
According to a widespread view, languages cannot easily encode odors. Maniq, a language from Thailand studied by Ewelina Wnuk from MPI and Asifa Majid from Radboud University Nijmegen, challenges this claim. In their article published in Cognition, 2014, they provide the most comprehensive study of an odor lexicon to date. This evidence suggests that what has long been thought of as a limitation of the human language faculty actually isn’t one. more >
Nijmegen Lectures 2014 by Russell Gray: No Miracles!
Jan 22, 2014
Nijmegen Lectures 2014 by Russell Gray: No Miracles! A Darwinian view of the evolution of cognition, language and culture. This year's Nijmegen Lectures will be given by Russell Gray (University of Auckland, New Zealand). Professor Gray will lead three days of lectures and discussion on the theme of evolutionary approaches to cognition, language and culture. 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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