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IMPRS Writing Contest prize for article on what bats can teach us about language
Sep 27, 2016
The International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences 2016 writing contest for PhD students was won by the three-author team of Merel Maslowski, Kathleen Ng, and Marvin Uhlmann. For their article, they spoke with Sonja Vernes about how studying vocal learning in bats can help understand human language. more >
Ewelina Wnuk to defend thesis “Semantic specificity of perception verbs in Maniq”
Sep 13, 2016
Verbs are the critical ingredient of our sentences, but depending on the language we speak, the verbs we use in general everyday contexts have either more or less specific meanings. What factors influence the specificity of meaning in verbs? Ewelina Wnuk investigated this question by studying verbs in Maniq, a language spoken by a group of 300 nomadic hunter-gatherers in Thailand. more >
New MPI working group on language evolution and interaction
Sep 08, 2016
In 2016 and 2017, ten post-doc researchers will join the MPI to form the Language Evolution and Interaction Scholars of Nijmegen group (LEvInSON). This will be one of the world’s largest teams of language evolution researchers. more >
A new department at the MPI: Language Development
Sep 01, 2016
On September 1, 2016, the MPI gains a new department on Language Development headed by Caroline Rowland from the University of Liverpool. Her plan is for the new department to lead the research field in child language development with cutting-edge methods. more >
Does clickbait apply to academia?
Aug 12, 2016
A recent study in The Winnower found that journal articles whose titles contain clickbait-y characteristics are shared more widely. Analysing over 2000 titles from articles published in Frontiers in Psychology in 2013 and 2014, revealed that positive framing and more interesting phrasing lead to more attention online. more >
New intellectual disability syndrome caused by genetic damage to single gene
Jul 22, 2016
Scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics have found a gene responsible for an intellectual disability disorder including developmental speech and language problems. The research, published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, details the role of a gene called BCL11A in a new intellectual disability syndrome. more >
Two Veni grants for MPI researchers
Jul 15, 2016
Marisa Casillas and Tessa Verhoef have been awarded prestigious Veni grants from the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO). Veni grants enable promising young scientists to further develop their own research for a period of three years. more >
Understanding foreign accents as an indicator of language proficiency
Jul 13, 2016
Second language learners have more trouble understanding foreign accents as they become more proficient. A new study by Shiri Lev-Ari and colleagues suggests that difficulty with accents reflects success at acquiring skills in a new language. 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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