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This stands for Infant Studies On Language Development in Europe.

When and where does it take place?

ISOLDE 2016 will take place 27-30 of June at the WIS in Potsdam's city centre. The next summer school ISOLDE is scheduled for 2018.

Who can participate?

This summer school is specifically organized to bring together students and researchers in their early career who work in language acquisition research in Europe.

What is the program?

These are the topics:

  • Nicole Altvater-Mackensen (MPI Leipzig)
    Methods in Infant Language Research
  • Alejandrina Cristia (CNRS Paris)
    New scientific practices: The case of individual variation in infancy
  • Judit Gervain (Université René Descartes, Paris)
    Infant language and speech perception at birth: Theoretical Issues and Newborn Method
  • Paula Fikkert (Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen)
    Acquisition of phonology: Evidence from perception and production
  • Susanne Fuchs (ZAS Berlin) & Pia Knoeferle (Humboldt-Universität Berlin)
    Ethics in psycholinguistic research with children: Writing applications & best practice
  • Ken Pugh (Haskins Laboratories, New Haven)
    Neuroimaging studies of early language development, reading and reading disability: An update on recent findings [Talk]

Are there any deadlines?

Yes, application deadline is March 31st. We do have a limited number of seats.

What are the costs?

Due to funding we are able to offer participation free of charge. Please apply with a motivation letter (1 page maximum).

How do I apply?

The application will be provided on this web site. Modalities will be specified by mid December.

Only teaching - No fun?

The teaching can and will be fun but there will be also time for social activities. Dinner is scheduled for Tue evening.

Looking for accommodation?

We will provide practical information for the ISOLDE locations.

Did ISOLDE take place before?

ISOLDE 2014 took place from July 4 to 9 at the University of Potsdam. We hope to make it a regularly recurring event to increase exchange and collaboration between young researchers working in early language acquisition in Europe.


University of Potsdam
Department of Linguistics, H.14 R.240
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25
14476 Potsdam

Tel.: 0331/ 977-2296
Fax: 0331/ 977-2095
E-Mail: isolde2016@uni-potsdam.de

Organizing team

Annika Unger

Antonia Götz

Natalie Boll-Avetisyan

Silvana Poltrock

Tom Fritzsche


Universität Potsdam, Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät, Exzellenzbereich Kognitionswissenschaften, Professur Psycholinguistik