Language Acquisition and Language Processing Lab

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We investigate the principles and mechanisms of human language processing and acquisition. Our primary focus is semantics and its relations to grammar, logic, perception and cognition. Our research involves studies of brain and behavior, typical and atypical development, linguistic theory, language technology and computer models.

The Lab houses modern experimental equipment for eye tracking, motion tracking, electroencephalography, optical imaging and social robotics. We arrange open days and on-site visits with presentations and demonstrations for the public. Contact us if you want to be notified about our dissemination events or if you want to book a visit.

News and events

September 7-8, 2023 · International workshop: Compositionality and the Crosslinguistic Variation of Complement Coercion, Scandic Hotel Nidelven, Trondheim

June 16, 2023 · Roundtable meeting: Quantifiers and Cognition: Experimental and Computational Perspectives, The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters, Trondheim

June 15, 2023 · Doctoral defense: Heming Strømholt Bremnes, Quantifiers and Complexity: The Distinct Neural Signatures of Verification Algorithms for Natural Language Quantifiers

May 24-26, 2023 · EDULANG training event and workshop: Advances in the Neuro-cognitive Underpinnings of Typical and Atypical Language Development, Fondation Maison des sciences de l'homme, Centre Universitaire de Norvège à Paris

May 18, 2023 · The Lab is featured in Gemini.no: Språkfeilen som irriterer mest


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Research activity

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Enabling multilingual eye-tracking data collection for human and machine language processing research, COST Action CA21131, 2022-2026

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Spatially Enhanced Learning Linked to STEM, EU Horizon 2020 MSCA ITN, 2021-2025



Excellence in Graduate Education and Research in the Cognitive and Neural Underpinnings of (Typical and Atypical) Language Development, NFR INTPART, 2020-2024

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Modelling the N400

Semantic Pre-activation in a Potts Latching Network: Modelling the N400, NFR Mobility, 2020-2024

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Early Language Development in the Digital Age, EU Horizon 2020 MSCA ITN, 2019-2024