Language Acquisition and Language Processing Lab

– The world’s northernmost psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics lab
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In the Language Acquisition and Language Processing Lab we investigate the cognitive and neural underpinnings of language competence and use, how they change in the course of language development and throughout the lifespan, and how they are modulated, affected or compromised by developmental and other deficits.

The Lab is primarily dedicated to basic experimental research. Our goal is to find out how humans develop their abilities to understand and reflect on the world around them and to communicate about it with others. Closely related are the questions of what young children know about language and the world. How do they think? How do they learn to use language?

We also develop resources for researchers and practitioners interested in studying and assessing language skills in educational and clinical settings.

Current and recent projects include the Horizon 2020 ETN LanPercept and DCOMM, the COST Action IS1406 'Enhancing children's oral language skills across Europe and beyond - a collaboration focusing on interventions for children with difficulties learning their first language', and NFR projects 'Situated Reference in Language' (2012-2016) and 'Origins of Semantic Composition in Early Cognitive Development' (2016-2020).


Our lab equipment is available for loan. Please contact Lab director Mila Vulchanova for more information on prices and conditions.


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