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Prof. Caroline Rowland appointed professor by special appointment of First Language Acquisition

MPI's Prof. Caroline Rowland has been appointed professor by special appointment of First Language Acquisition at Radboud University‘s Faculty of Social Sciences.
Prof. Caroline Rowland appointed professor by special appointment of First Language Acquisition

Caroline Rowland

Caroline Rowland is Managing Director of the Language Development Department at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen and co-Director of the ESRC LuCiD Centre at the University of Liverpool in the UK. Her research focuses on how children learn to communicate with language, how the developing brain supports this process, and how it is affected by cross-linguistic, cultural and individual variation. 

She takes a multiple methods approach - experimental work, naturalistic data analysis and computer modelling – to test the predictions of different models of the child’s learning mechanism. Her book, Understanding Child Language Acquisition, is an introduction to the most important research on child language acquisition over the last fifty years, and to some of the most influential theories in the field.

Caroline Rowland graduated with a B.A. (Hons.) degree in Psychology from the University of Manchester (UK) in 1993 and obtained her PhD at the University of Nottingham (UK) in 2000 with her thesis entitled: 'The acquisition of wh-questions in early English multi-word speech'.

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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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