LINGUIST List 28.2227

Tue May 16 2017

Support: Language Acquisition: PhD, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

Editor for this issue: Clare Harshey <>

Date: 15-May-2017
From: Angela Heuts <>
Subject: Language Acquisition: PhD, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, Netherlands
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Department: Language Development
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition


Applications are invited for a PhD studentship position on children’s early language development to start in autumn 2017.

This position provides the opportunity for studying at the new Language Development Department at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, which is dedicated to research on how children acquire their first language.

Position: Environmental influences on early lexical development
The goal of this project is to identify which aspects of infants' daily experience and environment crucially impact infants' early word learning; those factors include (but are not limited to) screen use, family structure (such as the presence of older siblings), and daycare arrangements. Further, infants' non-linguistic abilities (most prominently processing speed) will be related to their linguistic development and possible susceptibility/resilience to environmental differences.

This project will entail experimental studies of infants' lexical knowledge (including eye-tracking) as well as automated recordings and questionnaire-based assessments of both infants' development and their environment. Candidates should have, or be willing to develop, knowledge of these methods.

Applications Deadline: 16-Jun-2017

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Christina Bergmann

Page Updated: 16-May-2017