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Dr. Alan Langus | Photo: Tobias Hopfgarten

Rhythm in Mind – How the brain synchronizes with language and music

It penetrates our consciousness, makes us tap our feet, and determines the pulse of our words. Music and language cannot do without it: rhythm. But... more
Computerlinguistik-Studentin Olha Zolotarenko | Foto: Oleg Gritsenko

“The Support Offered to International Students at the University of Potsdam Is Excellent” – Computational Linguistics Student Olha Zolotarenko Talks about Studying in the First Online Semester

On the corona pandemic – contributions from the University of Potsdam
Since March 2020, everything has been somewhat different, even at the University of Potsdam. Examinations at a distance, lectures online, seminars via... more
Dr. Aude Noiray explains a mobile ultrasound device for testing babies. | Photo: Tobias Hopfgarten

Sound by Sound towards Words – LOLA Makes Language Learning Visible

Human language is a fairly complex thing. But the same applies to the way it is spoken. Lungs, vocal cords, tongue, lips - many “tools” in our body... more
Prof. Doreen Georgi. Foto: Karla Fritze.

What Languages Tell about Language - Linguist Doreen Georgi researches grammatical structures around the world

Language is one of the most versatile instruments we possess, thanks to its variability at all levels – from pronunciation to word order. But... more
Sprache hilft dank ihrer Variabilität, Brücken zu bauen. Bild: Fotolia/

Testing the Limits – A Special Research Area Investigates How Flexible Language Really Is

It’s Friday morning at a weekly market in Berlin. Those who visit the Maybachufer market in the district of Neukölln are treated to a little journey... more

Vanderbijlpark, May 5th, 2015, day 11

After a long, incredibly exciting weekend, we drive back to the university this morning. In order not to throw us in the cold of everyday university... more
Foto: Karla Fritze

Grassfielder’s Guide to the English Language – Working on a Dictionary of West African English

English is an international language; in most countries, you can get by with “world English”. However, in many regions of the world, English is no... more
Katalin Tamási und Carolin Jekel im BabyLab. Foto: Thomas Hölzel

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What the Pupil Tells Us about Language Acquisition
At the IDEALAB doctoral program, an international group of young academics study the relationship between language and brain. They conduct research on... more

Who Ate the Mouse?

Psycholinguists from Potsdam examine how the human brain processes language
We can understand what we read and hear without any difficulty. We do this without ever really thinking about the high performance of our brain. It is... more