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IMPRS students publish winning article on NEMO Kennislink

For the annual writing course ‘Current Issues in the Language Sciences’ graduate students of the IMPRS for Language Sciences are judged on an article written for the general audience. The winning article of this year’s competition - written by Cohort 2017 members Gert-Jan Schoenmakers, Merel Postema and Katja Stärk - got recently published on the Dutch popular scientific website NEMO Kennislink.
IMPRS students publish winning article on NEMO Kennislink

Katja Stärk, PhD student in the MPI Language Development Department is one of the winning authors

Their article ‘Stappenplan voor een nieuwe taal’ (‘An excerpt from the linguistic cookbook’) is the product of an annual two-part IMPRS workshop conducted by Dutch science journalist Ronald Veldhuizen. In small groups, IMPRS PhD students selected at least one prominent language researcher to learn about the current issues in the various domains of the language sciences. After conducting interviews, they were tasked with communicating these findings in an accessible manner for the layperson.

All articles were reviewed by a panel comprised of scientific and non-scientific members. They were MPI Managing Director Prof. Peter Hagoort, science journalist Erica Renckens, scientist and former columnist Dr. Merel van Goch and author/layperson Rachel Sheer.

Creating a new language

For their article the winning team interviewed Prof. Federico Gobbo from the University of Amsterdam and the professional language creator David J. Peterson on artificial languages and the process of creating a new language. The jury especially liked the topic and the structure the authors used to describe the steps involved in language creation.

‘We simply found the topic of artificial languages and language creation fascinating ourselves, especially from a linguistic point of view. It was really insightful and a great experience to talk to David J. Peterson and Federico Gobbo not only about the theoretical but also the practical side of creating and thinking about all the aspects which make a language,’ Schoenmakers, Postema and Stärk explained.

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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