Sentence processing

In the projects on sentence processing, we investigate comprehension and production of sentences of different grammatical structures. We investigate adults with aphasia, children with specific language impairment (SLI) as well as healthy adults and typically developing children.

Concerning sentence processing in aphasia, we focus on the variability observed in intra- and inter-individual performance as a result of syntactic deficits. In order to measure and classify the behavioural data of patients, we are also interested in how healthy adults perform in different sentence processing tasks.

With respect to the development of intervention procedures, we investigate, for example, to which extend cross-modal generalization effects can be found. For instance, we investigate whether comprehension performance increases (automatically) following an intervention focussing only on production, or, alternatively, whether treatment of sentence comprehension should precede an intervention addressing sentence production.

An essential aspect of all sub-projects is, after all, to explore different explanatory approaches for sentence comprehension disorders in patients with aphasia and in children with developmental language disorders.

In these projects, we cooperate with researchers from the NOLA Lab and vasishthlab.
Sub-projects are funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Potsdam Graduate School (PoGS).

Outcome and contributions

Adelt, A., Burchert, F., Adani, F., & Stadie, N. (2019). What matters in processing German object relative clauses in aphasia - timing or morpho-syntactic cues? Aphasiology (in press).

Pregla, D., Burchert, F., Vasishth, S., & Stadie, N. (2018). Interference effects in the processing of control structures in German healthy adults. Poster presented at the XIX Science of Aphasia (SOA), Venice, Italy.

Adani, F., Haendler, Y.,  Lassotta, R., Adelt, A., Stadie, N., & Burchert, F. (2018). (Specifically) Language-impaired Processing of Relative Clauses in German. Poster presented at the Architectures and Mechnisms for Language Processing (AMLaP), Berlin, Germany,.

Adelt, A., Stadie, N., Lassotta, R., Adani, F., & Burchert, F. (2017). Feature dissimilarities in the processing of German relative clauses in aphasia. Journal of Neurolinguistics,, 17-37.

Adelt, A., Hanne, S., & Stadie, N. (2016). Treatment of sentence comprehension and production in aphasia: Is there cross-modal generalization? Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 1-29.

Stadie, N., Schröder, A., & Burchert, F. (2015). The role of sentence comprehension during treatment of agrammatic sentence production. Poster presented at 5th Nordic Aphasia Conference (NAC), Oslo, Norway.

Adelt, A., Lassotta, R., Adani, F., Stadie, N. & Burchert, F. (2015). What causes the processing advantage in the comprehension of German object relative clauses?Poster presented at the Academy of Aphasia, Tucson, USA.

Adelt, A., Burchert, F., & Stadie, N. (2014). Faszilitieren Pronomina das Verständnis von Objektrelativsätzen? Eine Blickbewegungsstudie. Poster presented at Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Aphasieforschung und –behandlung (GAB), Freiburg, Germany.

Schröder, A., Burchert, F., & Stadie, N. (2014). Training-induced improvement of noncanonical sentence production does not generalize to comprehension: Evidence for modality-specific processes. Cognitive Neuropsychology.Special Issue: The Use of Intervention to Inform Theoretical Debate, 32, 195-220.

Adelt, A., Stadie, N., & Burchert, F. (2014). Do Pronouns Make a Difference? On-line Processing of Relative Clauses in the Visual-world Paradigm. Poster presented at the Science of Aphasia, Venice, Italy.

Adelt, A., Stadie, N., & Burchert, F. (2014). On-line Processing of German Number-marked  Relative Clauses in the Visual-world Paradigm.Poster presented at the Academy of Aphasia, Miami, USA.

Adelt, A., Hanne, S., & Stadie, N. (2013). Behandlung von syntaktischen Störungen in Verständnis und Produktion: Modalitätsspezifische und -übergreifende Therapieeffekte. Poster presented at 13. Jahres-tagung der Gesellschaft für Aphasieforschung und -behandlung (GAB), Potsdam, Germany.

Stadie, N., Schröder, A., Postler, J., Lorenz, A., Swoboda-Moll, M., Burchert, F., & De Bleser, R. (2008). Unambiguous generalization effects after treatment of non-canonical sentence production in German agrammatism. Brain and Language, 114, 211-229.

Schröder, A., Stadie, N., Postler, J., Lorenz, M., Swoboda-Moll, M., Burchert, F., & De Bleser, R. (2005). Does training-induced improvement of noncanonical sentence production in agrammatic aphasia generalize to comprehension? A multiple single case study. Brain and Language, 95, 202-203.