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01st April 2021

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15th April 2021

Max Planck Digest: “How Humans Learn Language”

Speaker: Caroline Rowland
Organizer: MPI digest committee

On behalf of the MPI digest committee*, we would like to invite you to our next exciting seminar about language development.

Our next speaker is Prof. Dr. Caroline Rowland from the MPI for Psycholinguistics, NL and will talk about:

“How Humans Learn Language”

"Language is the most sophisticated communication system in the known universe, yet children learn it before they can tie their shoelaces. To study how we acquire such a complex system so quickly requires a multi-disciplinary approach, combining techniques from computer science, neuroscience and psychology; it requires a cross-cultural approach, comparing acquisition across very different languages; and it requires a developmental approach, discovering how children’s language and cognitive system change with age. In this talk I will discuss some of the most recent findings on language development, illustrating the insights they have given us into how the brain develops, why languages differ (and why they are sometimes strikingly similar), and the importance of multidisciplinary “team science” in research today."

The seminar will be held on the 15.04.2021 from 3.00pm to 3.55pm (CEST) via Zoom. Please make sure you enter the virtual seminar a few minutes before.

Join the seminar via zoom:

We also have a Q&A session (4.00pm to 4.50pm), where Prof Rowland is happy to answer questions regarding her research and career development, using the Zoom chat or the ‘raise hand’ function. Please refer to the attached ‘Etiquette for MPI digest’ document for further information.


*This lecture series is organised by PhD students and postdocs from the MPI for Biology of Ageing and the MPI AGE Career Network, to strengthen the communication between different Max Planck institutes from around the world, by inviting top scientists from interdisciplinary backgrounds to present their work in a relaxed environment.

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