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Laura A. Ciaccio


from March 2016: research assistant at Potsdam Research Institute for Multilingualism, Universität Potsdam

2015 - 2016: International Teaching Professionals - Supplemental Certificate for Early-Stage Researchers, Potsdam Graduate School, Universität Potsdam since Oct. 2014: PhD Student, IECL Program, Universität Potsdam

2014: Research internship on EEG methods at Neurocognitive Psychology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

2011-2013: M.A. in Foreign Languages and Linguistics, Università Cattolica di Milano (summa cum laude). Master's  Thesis on color naming and perception in speakers with color anomia, in cooperation with Dr. Bormann, Universitätsklinik Freiburg, and Prof. Miceli, Università di Trento.

2012-2013: Erasmus semester at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

2008-2011: B.A. in Foreign Languages and Linguistics, Università Cattolica di Milano (summa cum laude). Bachelor's thesis on German prefixed words.

2010-2011: Exchange semester at University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Research Interests

In my Ph.D. project, I have investigated morphological decomposition of prefixed words in native and non-native processing and in individuals with acquired language disorders, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Harald Clahsen and PD Dr. Frank Burchert. 

As part of my research activity at PRIM, I worked on the role of orthography in L2 processing of morphologically complex words, and I'm currently investigating variability in morphological processing in native and non-native speakers, using behavioral and EEG data.



Ciaccio, L. A., & Clahsen, H. (2019). Variability and Consistency in First and Second Language Processing: A Masked Morphological Priming Study on Prefixation and Suffixation. Language Learning. https://doi.org/10.1111/lang.12370

Ciaccio, L. A. (2015). Color terms and color perception. Reconciling universalism and relativism. Rivista Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio, 9(2), 1-13.

Ciaccio, L. A., & Bormann, T. (2013). The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis in the domain of colors: evidence from healthy and aphasic speakers. Rivista Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio, 7(3), 1-14.

Conference presentations

Ciaccio, L.A. (2018). Putting prefixes in front: Morphological priming in L1 and L2 German. Poster presented at Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing (AMLaP). Berlin, Germany, 6-8 September.

Ciaccio, L.A. (2018). How non-native speakers inform models of language processing: Evidence from a masked priming study with prefixed and suffixed words. Poster presented at the International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Amsterdam, NL, 10-12 May.

Ciaccio, L.A. & Burchert, F. (2017). Morphological errors in reading prefixed words: Investigations on a patient with deep dyslexia. Poster presented at Science of Aphasia 2017: Neurotechnology and Language. Geneva, Switzerland, 11-14 September.

Ciaccio, L.A., & Jacob, G. (2017). The role of orthography in the L2 processing of complex words: an overt priming study. Poster presented by Laura Ciaccio at the 10th International Morphological Processing Conference, Trieste, Italy, 22-24 June.

Ciaccio L.A., & Burchert F. (2017). Derivational morphology in Broca’s aphasia: Differences in the production of prefixed and suffixed words. Poster and short talk presented at the European Workshop on Cognitive Neuropsychology, Bressanone, Italy, 22-27 January.

Ciaccio, L.A., & Burchert, F. (2016). Prefixed words are produced similarly to compounds but not to suffixed words: Evidence from a case of deep dyslexia. Poster presented at the Academy of Aphasia 54th Annual Meeting, Llandudno, Wales (UK), 16-18 October.

Ciaccio, L.A., & Jacob, G. (2016). The processing of complex words in L2 speakers: Disentangling effects of morphology and orthography. Talk held at the International Symposium on Bilingual Processing in Adults and Children (ISBPAC), Kaiserslautern, Germany, 14-15 April.

Ciaccio, L.A. (2014). The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis in the domain of colors: Evidence from aphasia. Talk held at the Experimental Psycholinguistics Conference (ERP), Madrid, Spain.

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