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Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

Welcome to the Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics! 

Our Institute, located in Nijmegen, is one of more than 80 research institutes that form part of the German Max Planck Society, and it is one of the few outside Germany. It is the only institute in the world entirely devoted to psycholinguistics – the study of how we produce and understand language, and how we acquire these skills as first or second language learners.

Thanks to the MPI's rich history and outward-looking, dynamic approach to science, it has been able to attract distinguished researchers from all over the world and develop close ties with numerous other research and educational institutions, such as the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour.

On this website, you will find everything you need to know about our Institute, departments, research groups, researchers and their publications, as well as our upcoming and past news and events.

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  • Variation in the shape of speech organs influences language evolution
    19 August 2019

    Variation in the shape of speech organs influences language evolution

    Why do speech sounds vary across languages? Does the shape...

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  • 17 July 2019

    Community size matters when people create a new language

    Why do some languages have simpler grammars than others?...

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  • 04 July 2019

    Nijmegen Campus unravels the thirty-something brain

    This summer, the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics,...

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