Research departments and research groups
Our institute's primary organisational units are the research departments listed below
What is the relationship between language and general cognition?
Director: Stephen C. Levinson
Which genes underlie human language, and how do they explain its evolution and variability? How does the genome help build a language-ready brain?
Director: Simon E. Fisher
How do we understand spoken language?
Director: Anne Cutler
How does the brain support language?
Director: Peter Hagoort
What are the psychological processes and representations underlying the production and comprehension of spoken utterances?
Director: Antje S. Meyer
This department is presently being reorganized.
How do we learn a first, second or third language?
Director: Wolfgang Klein
Other research groups funded by the MPG:
How do listeners understand language spoken with a foreign accent?
Headed by: Andrea Weber
How do infants communicate before they have language?
Headed by: Ulf Liszkowski
How much does human cognition vary across cultures?
Headed by: Daniel Haun
How do languages evolve? What is possible, what is probable, and why?
Headed by: Michael Dunn
What are the communicative functions of grammatical structures in different languages?
Headed by: Robert Van Valin
Externally funded research groups:
What is the relationship between language and social cognition?
Headed by: Nick Enfield
An interdisciplinary science of human communicative interaction, focusing on the underlying properties of sequences of contingent actions.
Headed by: Stephen C. Levinson
Research investigates to what extent using visual-gestural modality shapes language.
Headed by: Asli Ozyurek