Pia Knoeferle Full Professor of German Linguistics: Psycholinguistics

We focus on (real-time context effects in) language comprehension across the lifespan (in children, young, and older adults) and how we can accommodate these interactions in processing accounts and (computational) models. We examine visual context effects as well as linguistic context effects. We are interested in how rapidly comprehenders can exploit different contextual cues (e.g., using eye tracking or event-related brain potentials) but also in protracted context effects (e.g., as revealed in post-experiment comprehension and recall scores, reflecting learning).

How is language processing and learning informed by

  1. past, present, and future events

  2. emotional, spatial, and social context

  3. visual perception (of objects, events, speakers, and of the extralinguistic social context including visual gender cues, eye gaze, and facial expressions)

  4. high-level accounts of the interaction between sentence-processing and visual perception


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What are we researching?

Emotional, social, and action context effects

(Dr. Katja Münster)

Context effects on figurative language processing (Camilo Rodriguez Ronderos)

Effects of event depictions on language learning (Thu Thi Huong Nguyen, Dr. Aine Ito)

Effects of lifetime and fact knowledge in language comprehension

(Daniela Palleschi)

Processing orthographic word form

(Dr. Aine Ito)

Recent-event preference

(J. Wünsch et al.)

Aspect effects in situated language comprehension

(Katja Münster, Luise Henneberg et al.)

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Photos by P. Knoeferle