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MPI "Language of perception" project featured on Dutch television documentary

The popular science TV programme Labyrint will feature MPI's research project "The Language of Perception", in an episode that explores the nature of language and the importance of linguistic diversity. Asifa Majid and Mark Dingemanse, researchers at MPI's Language and cognition department, talk about their research on language and perception and their fieldwork in Malaysia and Ghana respectively. The episode will be aired on Wednesday, January 25, 20:55 on Nederland 2.

January 24, 2012

The use of language is as natural as breathing. Our thinking is dominated by language, and it permeates the way in which we look at the world. Children learn their language almost effortlessly, but scientists have not fully uncovered how children manage to acquire such a complicated system so easily and in so little time. 
There are almost 6,000 languages across the world, of which less than 8% have been studied. Each language that researchers explore leads to further startling discoveries about linguistic diversity. In January 25's episode of Labyrint, MPI researchers Asifa Majid and Mark Dingemanse talk about their research on language and perception and make a case for the importance of linguistic diversity. 
Majid and Dingemanse will also be live in the studio, immediately following the programme, to answer questions from the public via chat and Twitter.

Labyrint, January 25, 20:55 on Nederland 2.
For a preview of the TV programme see this link. 
The episode will be made available afterwards on
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Last checked 2012-04-03 by Myrna Tinbergen
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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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