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CRC project B04 welcomes our short-term research fellow, Deran Kong from Hongkong Polytechnic University, who will stay with us from April to July 2024.

Congratulations to Carlotta Zona, who passed her PhD examination on 20 February 2024!

The PRIM welcomes Álvaro Cortés Rodríguez as a new member of CRC project C06from October 2023.

PRIM members Harald Clahsen, Sabia Costantini and Ioannis Iliopoulos feature in the TV documentary ARD Wissen: Mein Körper. Meine Worte. (in German), which was first broadcast on 22 May 2023.

Read Harald Clahsen's interview on language death (in German) which appeared in U Potsdam's PORTAL magazine 2/2022.

We are happy to host our former team member Dr. Judith Schlenter (The Arctic University of Norway) as a visiting researcher in Jan/Feb 2023.

Dr. Kamil Długosz from Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, is joining us as a guest from 25-29 July 2022.

The annual Potsdam Science Day ("Potsdamer Tag der Wissenschaften”) took place for the eighth time on 7 May 2022. Many universities and research institutes from throughout Brandenburg introduced themselves, and invited visitors to learn more about their research.

As part of the event “Meet the Scientist” (organized by the Research Focus Cognitive Sciences), our research fellow Jana Reifegerste presented research on the topic of “Language in Aging” and answered questions such as, “What happens in the brain when I experience word-finding difficulties?” and “What can I do to keep up my language abilities as I get older?”

A recent article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Magazine refers to findings from our research at PRIM: 'Wie ich meine Muttersprache wiederfand', Seiten 19-20, von Natalia Wenzel-Warkentin

Following his official retirement on 30 September 2021, Harald Clahsen will continue to direct the PRIM as a Senior Professor.

Congratulations to Ilaria De Cesare for passing her PhD examination with "summa cum laude" on 22 July 2021!

Good news! The SFB 1287 "Limits of Variability in Language" will be extended until 2025. The PRIM is represented with two projects: B04 "Bilingual processing ability as a predictor for language learning" (Clahsen/Felser) and C06 "Grammatical processing and syntactic change" (Demske/Felser).

Congratulations to Anna Jessen for being offered a postdoc position at the University of Ghent, and to Laura Ciaccio for being offered a faculty position at the Freie Universität Berlin! Both will start their new jobs in April 2021.

Congratulations to Laura Ciaccio, who  successfully defended her PhD thesis on 4 November 2020!

The PRIM is hosting Prof. Michael T. Ullmann as a Visiting Professor from September to December 2020. Prof. Ullman is Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Georgetown University, Director of the Brain and Language Lab, and Director of the Georgetown EEG/ERP Laboratory. He is an expert in the neurocognition of language, specifically morphology and syntax. For more information on his work, see Prof. Ullman’s homepage:

PRIM @ AMLaP 2020: Serkan Uygun and Harald Clahsen presented a poster on "Morphological priming in Turkish: Evidence from heritage speakers", and Claudia Felser and Janna Drummer presented a poster on "Binding out of relative clauses in L1 and L2 comprehension". 

Sina Bosch, Ilaria De Cesare, Ulrike Demske and Claudia Felser are editing a special issue on "New Empirical Approaches to Grammatical Variation and Change" for the journal Languages. The deadline for abstract submission is 31 July 2020, and full manuscripts should by submitted by 30 November 2020. For more information see

Congratulations to former PRIM members Sol Lago, Anna Stutter Garcia and Michela Mosca on publishing a conceptual review article on "The Role of Crosslinguistic Influence in Multilingual Processing: Lexicon Versus Syntax" in Language Learning in May 2020.

Congratulations to Dr. João Veríssimo on being offered an Assistant Professorship at the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon, starting in October 2020!

On Wednesday Jan, 29th Yael Fahry defended her PhD thesis on the topic "Universals and Particulars in Morphology: Processing and Generalization in Native and Non-native Speakers in Hebrew". Congratulations and all the best wishes for her career!

On Wednesday, 16th of October 2019, Anna Stutter García defended her PhD thesis, entitled "The use of grammatical knowledge in an additional language: effects of native and non-native linguistic constraints", obtaining the grade summa cum laude.

Congratulations and best wishes for Anna's career!


From October 25th to October 26th 2019, the workshop "Multimethodological approaches to synchronic and diachronic variation" will take place at the University of Potsdam, organized by Project A02 of the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 1287.

The workshop will bring together researchers who share a common interest in studying synchronic and/or diachronic variation using a combination of different methods. The workshop's aim is to provide a forum for a fruitful exchange of ideas and experiences using multi-methodological approaches, for critical discussion, and for the development of future research directions.


  • Tanja Ackermann (Freie Universität Berlin)
  • Markus Bader (Goethe Universität Frankfurt/M)
  • Alexander Bergs (Universität Osnabrück)
  • Sina Bosch & Ilaria De Cesare (Universität Potsdam)
  • Jessica Brown (Universität Potsdam)
  • Bill Haddican (City University of New York)
  • Martin Hilpert (Université de Neuchâtel)
  • Anne Lerche (Universität Leipzig)
  • Robert Truswell (University of Edinburgh)

When: October 25-26, 2019.

The detailed programme is available here.

Where: University of Potsdam, Campus Am Neuen Palais, Haus 9, R. 1.03


thesis defense

On the 7th of August 2019, Judith Schlenter defended her thesis on "Predictive language processing in late bilinguals: Evidence from visual-world eye-tracking".

Since October 2019, Dr. Schlenter obtained a postdoctoral research position in the project "Attention and prominence in language production and acquisition" as part of the SFB 1252 "Prominence in Language" at the University of Cologne. Her information is now available at

thesis defense

PRIM members organize a workshop on "Modelling Gradient Variability in Grammar" at the DGfS 2020 "Linguistic Diversity: Theories, Methods, Resources"; deadline for abstract submission: 15 July 2019

For more information, see

On the 11th of May, PRIM members took part in this year's Potsdam Science Day:

graduation cap
The "obligatory" graduation cap

On the 9th of May 2019, Gloria-Mona Knospe defended her thesis on "Processing of pronouns and reflexives in Turkish-German Bilinguals".

graduation cap
The "obligatory" graduation cap

The impact of focus on pronoun resolution in native and non-native sentence comprehension

Clare PattersonYulia EsaulovaClaudia Felser

First Published March 21, 2017; pp. 403–429

made it on the short list for the biennial Mike Sharwood Smith Award for the best article published in Second Language Research in the previous two years.

From the 19th to the 20th of November 2018, Cecilia Puebla Antunes, Marilena Tsopanidi (Student Assistant) and Yulia Kurennaia (Intern) visited the Langenscheidt Digital Workshop in Munich.