Language is a defining property of the human mind, and it closely interacts with other cognitive capabilities such as emotion and reasoning.
The Berlin School of Mind and Brain has been a particularly well-suited location for fostering language research, and recent appointments have made it even better. The School is embedded in a fertile research environment consisting of the linguistic departments at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, and Universität Potsdam, the psychology departments at Humboldt-Universität and Potsdam, the philosophy department at Humboldt-Universität, the Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS) in Berlin, the Collaborative Research Center “Informationsstruktur” at Potsdam and Humboldt universities, and the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science in Leipzig.
The research expertise in language spans a wide range of topics: Angela Friederici studies the neural basis of syntactic processing. Shravan Vasishth and Peter beim Graben work on computational psycholinguistics, especially on syntactic parsing. Isabell Wartenburger and Katharina Spalek investigate neural and behavioral aspects of language structure and cognition, with a particular focus on bilinguals. The research areas of Manfred Krifka, Markus Egg, and Sophie Repp are semantics and syntax of languages and text understanding. Friedemann Pulvermüller’s Brain Language Laboratory at Freie Universität focuses on the brain mechanisms of language and on language therapy. Rasha Abdel Rahman investigates the interplay between vision and language. At the philosophy department of Humboldt-Universität, three appointees have a strong interest in philosophy of language: Karl Georg Niebergall, Tobias Rosefeldt, and Geert Keil.
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Special Newsletter issue on language research