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The psycholinguistic research conducted at the ALADDIN Lab focuses on how children develop receptive and expressive language skills, starting from the first years of life until these skills are consolidated in grown-up children, adolescents and adults.
We conduct experimental studies where typically-developing groups are compared to those of children and adolescents affected by developmental disorders (for example, Specific Language Impairment and Autistic Spectrum Disorders). We hope that the results of our research can be useful to understand the interaction of language with other cognitive abilities and so to develop new tools to promote early assessment and rehabilitation of language disorders.
Aladdin is a member of LACA (Language Abilities in Children with Autism) is a network funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for three years (2017-2020), and led by Prof. Jeannette Schaeffer from the University of Amsterdam. The network contains twelve European research labs investigating the nature and the development of language (in)abilities in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder across languages. For more information click here
Peter gave a talk on "Exploring potential parallels in the development of lexical and mathematical knowledge: A longitudinal study on word learning and number concept in 30- and 36-month-old children" at the conference “Crossing the Borders: Development of Language, Cognition and the Brain”, taking place in Potsdam on September 27th–30th, 2018.
Flavia presentend a poster on “(Specifically) Language-impaired Processing of Relative Clauses in German” at the 24th Annual Conference on “Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing”, hosted at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin on September 6th-8th, 2018
The poster can be downloaded here
The Aladdin group is a member of LACA, a network which connects researchers focusing on the study of Language Acquisiton in Children with Autism. LACA is lead by Prof. Dr. Jeannette Schaeffer from the University of Amsterdam and it is funded by the NOW.
Find more about LACA here
Flavia presented the first data of the Greek-German project at the Child Language Symposium, hosted at the University of Reading on June 25th-26th, 2018.
The poster can be downloaded here
Peter presented a poster on „ Exploring the link between the acquisition of words for objects and for numbers at 30 months“ at the XXI International Conference for Infant Studies (ICIS), taking place in Philadelphia (USA) from June 30th to July 3rd, 2018.
Maja presented a poster on „ Co-Existence of Input Frequency and Structural Intervention Effects on Relative Clause Comprehension: Evidence from 3- to 5-year-old German-speaking children“ at the 42nd Boston University Conference on Language Development, taking place in Boston (USA) on November 3rd-5th, 2017.
Maja gave a talk on "Speaking about one of two persons in a scene: Elicited production of referring expressions by children and adolescents with ASD" at the 10th Wissenschaftliche Tagung Autismus-Spektrum, taking place in Berlin on March 30th–31st, 2017.
Our poster „Verarbeitung von komplexen Sätzen bei Kindern und Jugendlichen mit Autismus-Spektrum-Störung“ won a prize at the 10th Herbsttreffen, which took place in Potsdam on November 19th, 2016.
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Maja gave a talk on „Wenn Numerus das Satzverständnis vereinfacht: Empirische Untersuchungen zum Spracherwerb und Ableitungen für die Sprachtherapie“ at the 9th Interdisziplinäre Tagung über Sprachentwicklungsstörungen, taking place on November 18th–19th, 2016.
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