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March for Science
Apr 19, 2017
On Earth Day, April 22nd 2017, Marches for Science will take place in more than 500 cities around the globe. The directors of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen strongly endorse this major event, which will celebrate the crucial role of science in the modern world. more >
Language research at Radboud University number one
Apr 14, 2017
Radboud University’s language research is ranked number one in the global university ranking for 2017 by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR). The university's collaboration with the MPI contributes greatly to this success. more >
IMPRS for Language Sciences Celebrates Its 50th Doctoral Defense
Apr 12, 2017
The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Language Sciences, initiated in 2009, continues to enrich the research programmes of its doctoral students. On April 13th, Franziska Hartung will defend her thesis, becoming the 50th graduate of the IMPRS. more >
Getting under your skin
Apr 12, 2017
How much does the way a story is told, e.g. from the perspective of a character or an all-knowing narrator, influence how we experience it? Franziska Hartung will defend her thesis on this topic, April 13th, at 10:30am at the Aula of Radboud University, Nijmegen. more >
Talking Sense: the behavioural and neural correlates of sound symbolism
Apr 10, 2017
Why do some sounds just seem to fit right? Gwilym Lockwood’s thesis entitled "Talking Sense: The Behavioural and Neural Correlates of Sound Symbolism" has extensively investigated this question. He will defend his thesis on April 12th, at 2:30pm at the Aula of Radboud University, Nijmegen. more >
Geeky game turns into biggest linguistic experiment ever
Apr 05, 2017
Data from a popular online game is proving to be a treasure trove for linguists investigating what factors confuse people when it comes to language identification. The results, published in PLOS ONE, suggest that participants are more confused by languages that are closer together geographically or have similar phoneme inventories, the units of sound that distinguish one word from another. more >
What can sign language tell us about human understanding?
Apr 04, 2017
Problems of understanding occur all the time in our everyday social life. Elizabeth Manrique studied how sign language users manage to understand each other based on a large Conversational Corpus collected in Argentina. Manrique will defend her thesis on April 7th at 12.30 at the Aula of Radboud University Nijmegen. more >
Does speech production influence speech perception?
Mar 24, 2017
While clearly everyone speaks in their own way, does everyone hear in their own way? William Schuerman’s thesis examined whether and how the way that we speak influences how we perceive sounds and words spoken by others. Schuerman will defend his thesis on March 27th at 12:30 at the Aula of Radboud University Nijmegen. more >

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About MPI

This is the 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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