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Research projects

Much of our research is organized in Institute Projects, which often cross-cut multiple research groups and departments.


The Cognomics initiative aims to establish a large resource of thousands of participants from the general population, for tracing the connections between genes, brains and cognition.

Language in Interaction

Language in Interaction is the title of this grant proposal and aims to characterize the human language faculty from its genetic and neurobiologial infrastructure all the way up to language behaviour in social settings.

Externally funded research projects:

The Language Archive

TLA's aim is to store and preserve digital language resources, to give access to researchers and other interested users and to develop and integrate new technologies advancing language research.

Language documentation and data mining

Research focussed on the documentation of endangered or under-described languages on the one hand, and the exploitation of this kind of data for linguistic theory and analysis on the other hand.


Recently concluded projects:

Research projects that have finished

Categories across language and cognition

This research project focusses on the nature of categories and concepts in language and in non-linguistic perception and cognition, and the relationships between them. The project ran from 2006-2012, and several of its research topics continue to be pursued in the current Linguistic Diversity and Processing project.

Individual differences project

We continue our work on individual differences in adult language processing within other projects.

Information structure in language acquisition

Research on the linguistic realization of information structure and its acquisition by children and adults in a variety of languages.

The dynamics of multilingual processing

This project (funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research 2003-2007) studies the processing of second and third languages (L2+) during first contact, during acquisition, and at the level of high proficiency or functional bilingualism.


Last checked 2017-04-04 by Ina Grevel
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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