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Research Groups

Developmental Language Disorders

We adopt a comparative approach to the study of language. Our work is comparative along several dimensions: we compare language families (Germanic, Romance, Semitic), speakers of different age groups

Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics

We develop computational models of human sentence comprehension, focusing on both impaired and unimpaired populations. We are also interested in statistical theory and practice.

Syntax, Morphology & Variability

Research at the syntax division of Potsdam linguistics aims at understanding the limits of grammatical variation between the world's languages in the area of sentence structure.

Phonology & Phonetics

We develop theory, do experiments (EMA, Ultrasound, chronometric studies) and apply math tools to understand the relation between the continuity of the phonetic signal and the discreteness of grammar.


Our research focuses on the compositional derivation of sentence meanings from their atomic parts, adopting an explicit cross-linguistic perspective.


The Potsdam Research Institute for Multilingualism (PRIM) investigates the nature of multilingualism in children and adults, including patients with language disorders.

Applied Computational Linguistics

We study linguistic processing on the level of discourse: monologue text, or dialogue. On the one hand, this includes theoretical investigations on various aspects of discourse structure.

Foundations of Computational Linguistics

Our research focusses on the foundations of computational linguistics, both on the formal and theoretical-linguistic sides.

Patholinguistics/Neurocognition of Language

Our group is interested in the behavioural manifestation of acquired speech, language, and swallowing disorders, their neurological foundations, ...

Language Acquisition

The language acquisition group has a focus on the early acquisition of phonological and syntactic knowledge in monolingual and bilingual typically ...

SFB 1287: Limits of Variability in Language

The SFB 1287 “Limits of Variability in Language” will evaluate the limits, relations, dependencies, and commonalities of variability across a range of linguistic phenomena from different perspectives.