Language Acquisition and Language Processing Lab

- Welcome!

LabIn the Language Acquisition and Language Processing Lab we investigate language skills in children and adults. The 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?

Reseachers' Night 2014

Here you can find some photos of the event.

Bidra i et forskningseksperiment og få en kinobillett

Center for Semiotik ved Aarhus Universitet søker deltagere til et språkeksperiment.

Eksperimentet tar omtrent 20 minutter og man får en kinobillett for å delta (Verdi 100kr).
Det blir tatt opp lyd under eksperimentet.

Eksperimentet vil foregå i Bygg 5, Rom 5573B på Dragvoll Campus. Det er tider d. 23.-26. september.

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Hvis du har noen spørsmål, email meg på:

Med vennlig hilsen
Karl Møller
Center For Semiotik,
Aarhus Universitet

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. (Publisher's page; Full size cover).

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.


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)

Conference "Pronouns in development"

It is our pleasure to announce

the International Conference Pronouns in Development

to take place on March 20-21, 2014 at NTNU, Dragvoll Campus.

The Conference marks the kick-strart of a major research project hosted by the Language and Cognition group at the Department of Language and Literature whose aim is to study what conditions the development of competences and skills related to pronoun processing in pre-school children in their first language and in an early second language at school. The conference will feature prominent international researchers in the field and is open to the public. For details follow the link.





Words: structure, meaning, acquisition, processing


The school, jointly organised and sponsored by NetWordS and the Norwegian Graduate Researcher School in Linguistics and Philology (, will bring together, for a full week, PhD students and post-doctoral researchers from all over Europe and beyond, to attend courses on interdisciplinary approaches to the study of word structure and usage, focusing on either thematic or methodological issues. The school intends to target two levels of studentship, ranging from less experienced to more experienced attendants.

For further information please visit this page.