Language Acquisition -
This department is presently being reorganized. In the meantime, Wolfgang Klein directs a new research unit at the Institute, The Language Archive (TLA), jointly funded by the Max Planck Society, the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAW) and the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW). TLA is developing the tools for long-range corpus archiving and analysis - for both language acquisition databases and video recordings of natural language usage of all kinds.
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Up until September 30, 2012, the Language Acquisition Department investigated processes of language acquisition and use in a broad perspective. The department 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. Work over the last years was primarily done within the scope of three Institute Projects:
The Language acquisition group also coordinated the European wide network project: http://www.learner-varieties.eu