Julia’s path to becoming a language scientist started with the intriguing question how humans learn languages. Both how babies acquire their first language(s) as well as how adults learn additional languages.
After her BA in Romance Philology at the University of Vienna and MA in Language and Communication at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, she is currently in the last year of her PhD in the Language Development Department. Her PhD work focuses on early word learning of babies and how it might be affected by aspects in their environment (for example, the way parents speak with their children) and by their own individual abilities.
Next to her busy research life, she enjoys baking, running, film editing and dancing. Being from Austria, she will also never decline the invitation to go for a hike and admire the world from the top of a mountain.
Dr. Francie Manhardt was a PhD student at Radboud University. She defended her thesis entitled ‘A tale of two modalities: How modality shapes language production and visual attention’ on February 19 2021.
Dr. Ellen Verhoef was a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. She defended her thesis entitled ‘Why do we change how we speak? Multivariate genetic analyses of language and related traits across development and disorder’ on March 5 2021.