MEDAL Summer School in Experimental Linguistics

17 June 2024 - 21 June 2024
Max Planck Institute
Auditorium 163 and Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging
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The summer school will consist of a plenary session each day, and four days of parallel workshops that you can choose from. The workshops will be structured around 4 different themes: child language, multimodality, language perception, and language comprehension.

Child language

  • Questionnaire design (specifically CDIs)
  • Baby EEG
  • Eye tracking with children in the lab and online
  • Experimental design with children



  • Multimodal language in social interaction
  • How to collect multimodal experimental data
  • How to create experiments for sign language
  • Multimodal language comprehension/perception


Language comprehension

  • Using eye tracking and virtual reality in psycholinguistic research
  • fMRI literacy (how to read and interpret published fMRI data)
  • Perception studies with EEG with adults
  • Low tech alternatives to lab based work: e.g. online experiments on phone and laptop


Language production

  • Production studies with EEG with adults
  • Elicitation studies in the wild: cross-linguistic comparison of elicited data
  • Comprehension and production in interaction (dialogue, turn taking etc)
  • How to annotate production data in PRAAT


Each day of the summer school will include a plenary lecture. 

The plenary speakers are: 


In addition, we will have:

  • A guided tour of the research labs.
  • An outreach event for secondary school students.
  • Multiple social events: a guided tour through Nijmegen, a welcome reception, and a cultural event on the last day.


If you are an early career researcher, we strongly encourage you to participate! You will be able to present your research in posters and flash talks, and meet with instructors to discuss their research in person. 


The full program is now available!

Register here!



This is a workshop organised by Methodological Excellence in Data-Driven Approaches to Linguistics (MEDAL) is an international consortium initiated by the University of Tartu in Estonia, in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Radboud University in the Netherlands and the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. Financed by the EU Horizon Europe programme (101079429) and UK Research and Innovation organisation (101079429). MEDAL’s mission is to build expertise in data-driven linguistics methodology among early-career researchers. Read more about MEDAL here.


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