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Former departments and research groups

Overview of departments and research groups that once were a part of this Institute.


The Comprehension Department

The Comprehension Department was headed by Anne Cutler from 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.

Language Acquisition Department

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.

Research Groups

Evolutionary processes in language and culture

Our independent research group investigates language diversity and change as part of an integrated cultural evolutionary system.

Communication before language

This Max Planck Research Group investigates the social and cognitive foundations of human communication in infancy.

Comparative Cognitive Anthropology

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.

Syntax, Typology, and Information Structure

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?


Last checked 2018-10-25 by Maurice van Deutekom
About MPI

This is the MPI

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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