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Communicative intent improves memory of conversations – Interview Dr. Eirini Zormpa

Dr. Eirini Zormpa was a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. She defended her thesis entitled ‘Memory for speaking and listening’ on December 18 2020.

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A handful of vowels for a world of sounds

Sounds are the basic ingredients of spoken language, and the human voice can produce an infinity of different sounds. However, we have only a limited number of possibilities for speech sounds, like consonants and vowels. How do we transform infinity in an alphabet? Let’s dive into categorical perception.

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Studying meaning: wrapping our heads around our ‘arms’

With online group classes, self-paced mobile apps and dedicated Youtube channels, learning a new language never seemed easier. The opportunities seem endless—perhaps even overwhelmingly so. Although, learning a new language is more than just learning new words for the same things. Sometimes, there are also new meanings to be learned.

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Book language improves your grammar knowledge: an interview with Dr. Saoradh Favier

Dr. Saoradh Favier was a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. She defended her thesis entitled ‘Individual differences in syntactic knowledge and processing: Exploring the role of literacy experience’ on December 10 2020.

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Context and language processing: a balanced story: an interview with Dr. René Terporten

Dr. René Terporten was a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. He defended his thesis entitled ‘The Power of Context: How linguistic contextual information shapes brain dynamics during sentence processing’ on October 2 2020.

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