Language Acquisition and Language Processing Lab

– Welcome!

In the Language Acquisition and Language Processing Lab we investigate language skills in children and adults. LabThe lab is primarily dedicated to basic research. We do experimental research on language acquisition (first language acquisition with children and second language acquisition with adults) as well as on language processing (for instance comprehension and categorisation). Our goal is to find out how humans develop their abilities to understand and reflect on the world around them and to talk about it. Closely related is the question what young children know about the world around them. How do they think? How do they learn to talk?


Article on our research on autism published on NRK.


Prof. Mila Vulchanova speaks about LanPercept and experiences from EU PhD training at The Future of the Doctorate EU Conference, Riga - May 28-29, 2015


Interview with Prof. Mila Vulchanova about 'Slik endrar lesing hjernen din' on NRK


Read the story on the LanPercept project on the Horizon 2020 website: Finding the link between language and perception


Friederike Voss and Martina Micai to give talks at Child Language Symposium


Prof. Mila Vulchanova gives a talk on bilingualism in Norway at the Annual Meeting of the Norwegian Student Language Association (Studentmållaget i Nidaros), Feb. 21, 2015


Prof. Vulchanova gives a talk at the University of Reading Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM) Research Seminar.


New Project: ISCH COST Action IS1406 (Management Committee)


Mila Vulchanova & Ammara Farukh to give a talk at International Conference "Apprentissage de l'écrit : diversité des langues, singularité des troubles", Strasbourg University, Dec. 3-5, 2014.


Mila Vulchanova talks at a full-day seminar (Nov. 28th, 2014) for staff at Halsen skole on "Siste nytt innen språkforskning".


Chahboun, Vulchanova, Saldaña & Vulchanov at Translational Neuroscience Cell Symposia in Arlington, November 13-14 2014.


Camilla Hellum Foyn and Friederike Voß give a poster presentation at the "International Workshop on Children's Acquisition and Processing of Head-Final Languages (CAPHL)", Harvard University, November 5 2014.


Mila Vulchanova talks to NRK Språkteigen.


New paper on "Links between phonological memory, first language competence and second language competence in 10-year‐old children" by Mila Vulchanova, Camilla Hellum Foyn, Randi R. Nilsen and Hermundur Sigmundsson.


Mila Vulchanova gives a talk on multilingualism and language development at Teacher Conference organised by Fylkesmannen in Nord-Trøndelag.


New paper on "Naturalistic acquisition in an early language classroom" by Mila Vulchanova and Anne Dahl published in Frontiers.


New paper on "Reading in Urdu: Does Deep Orthography Have an Impact?" published by Mila Vulchanova and Ammara Farukh.


Prof. Vulchanova gives a talk at the Wiener Sprachgesellschaft (WSG).

Recent Developments

– New Projects

Professor Mila Vulchanova Coordinates New EU Funded Marie Curie Initial Training Network "Lan Percept - Language and Perception"

Language and perception are two basic cognitive systems which constantly interact and rely on each other in our daily existence.

LanPercept studies how people at different ages and with different deficits map language to what they perceive. The network of senior specialists and young professionals work together to develop new tools and software to help educational and health practitioners in their work. Read more about Lan Percept. See the story in Universitatsavisa.

European Commission announces the network.


Project on the Processing of Bokmål and Nynorsk

Professor Mila Vulchanova from the Language Acquisition and Language Processing Lab at NTNU in collaboration with the Language Council of Norway investigate how experience with reading and writing Nynorsk and Bokmål affect people's language comprehension. Find out more about the project.

New book

Mila Vulchanova and Emile van der Zee (eds.), Motion Encoding in Language and Space, Oxford University Press. This book brings together researchers in linguistics, computer science, psychology and cognitive science to investigate how motion is encoded in language.

New infrastructure research network Language and Perception

The Network is funded by NordForsk and Coordinated by Prof. Mila Vulchanova.
More information

Recent Papers

Dimitrova-Vulchanova, M., J. B. Talcott, V. Vulchanov, M. Stankova & H. Eshuis (2013). Morphology in ASD: Local processing bias and language. Cognitive Neuropsychology.

Dimitrova-Vulchanova, M. & L. Martinez (2013). A basic level for the encoding of biological motion. In: Hudson, Magnusson & Paradis (eds.). The construal of spatial meaning: windows into conceptual space. Oxford University Press.

Dimitrova-Vulchanova, M. et al. (2012). Distinctions in the linguistic encoding of motion: Evidence form a free naming task. In: Dimitrova-Vulchanova, M. & E. van der Zee (eds.). Motion Encoding in Language and Space. Language and Space series, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Vulchanova, M., J. Talcott, V. Vulchanov & M. Stankova (2012). Language against the odds or rather not: The Weak central Coherence Account and language.  Journal of Neurolinguistics 25(1).

Dimitrova-Vulchanova, M., L. Martinez & H. Eshuis (2012). L1 path encoding strategies in the L2. Spatial Cognition & Computation, 12(4).

Vulchanova, M., V. Vulchanov, D. Sarzhanova & H. Eshuis (2012). The role of input in early bilingual lexical development. Lingue e linguaggio, XI (2), 181-198.

Dimitrova-Vulchanova, M. (2012). Aspect and Voice. In: Binnick, R. (ed.) Tense and Aspect Handbook, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

New upcoming event

Language and Perception Conference at Sumhuset, Trondheim, May 14-16th, 2015

Talk on 'Barnehagen som arena for språk og språkutvikling'


Mila Vulchanova gives a talk at Ledermøte for private og kommunale barnehager, Trondheim Kommune (18.03.2015) on the topic of Barnehagen som arena for språk og språkutvikling.

Disputas om dysleksi og flerspråklig input


Here you can find an article published in Universitetsavisa on Ammara Farukh's dissertation.

COST action

You can find more informatio on this page.

Reseachers' Night 2014

Here you can find some photos of the event.