Director

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Angela D. Friederici
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Angela D. Friederici
Director
Phone: +49 341 9940-112
Fax: +49 341 9940-113

Secretariat

Melanie Trümper
Personal assistant
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Fax: +49 341 9940-113
Margund Greiner
Personal assistant
Phone: +49 341 9940-107
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Department of Neuropsychology

Neurocognition of Language Learning

Research in the domain of language learning during development has allowed us to specify the neurophysiological markers reflecting phonological, lexical and syntactic processes early in life, and to describe their course of maturation (see Friederici, 2005 & 2006).

Our studies suggest that, once developed, these processes and their neural underpinnings are qualitatively similar to those of the adult system, but are quantitatively different. Thus, their time course is slowed, and their localization is less segregated. Current research focuses on the relation between language development and brain maturation.

In the domain of adult language learning, we have investigated the neurophysiological characteristics of late learners of natural grammars in recent years. Currently, we are focusing on the learning of artificial grammars in which we can systematically vary the absence or presence of semantic and prosodic information in order to determine the impact of these parameters on language learning.

Publications

Friederici, A. D.: Language development and the ontogeny of the dorsal pathway. Frontiers in Evolutionary Neuroscience (2012)
Friederici, A. D.: The neural basis of language development and its impairment. Neuron 52 (6), pp. 941 - 952 (2006)
Friederici, A. D.: Neurophysiological markers of early language acquisition: from syllables to sentences. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 9 (10), pp. 481 - 488 (2005)
 
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