Former departments and research groups
The Comprehension Department was headed byfrom 1993 until 2013. The group focused on the comprehension of spoken language and how this process is affected by phonological structure of the native language.
Wolfgang Klein, who directed the Language Acquisition Department since April 1980, retired in March 2015. In the past, the department investigated processes of language acquisition and use in a broad perspective. It combined attention to both first and second languages, researching production as well as comprehension of speakers of different ages and cultures, and the developmental relationship between language and cognition. The focus was on morpho-syntax, semantics and discourse structure.
Our independent research group investigates language diversity and change as part of an integrated cultural evolutionary system.
This Max Planck Research Group investigates the social and cognitive foundations of human communication in infancy.
The Comparative Cognitive Anthropology research group is a collaboration between the Max Planck Institutes for Psycholinguistics and Evolutionary Anthropology and aims to explore how patterns of human cultural variation are related to variable cognitive function and to determine the underlying set of psychological mechanisms that allow and stabilize humans' exceptional cross-cultural variability.
The interaction of pragmatics and grammar happens on several levels and can potentially affect grammar in various ways, from determining word order and/or prosody, to shaping the entire morphological system.Since these interactions of information structure and morphosyntactic form differ from language to language, an important question arises: what are the co-occurrence patterns of these interactions?