Language Acquisition / Development

The Language Acquisition Department was headed by Wolfgang Klein from 1980 until 2015. The corpora of the Language Acquisition Group include first (L1) as well as second language (L2) acquisition data from children and adults. Content: First (L1) & second language (L2) acquisition data, longitudinal & snapshot data, children & adults data, control data of native speakers of different languages, spontaneous and elicited data, partly transcribed and annotated data, additional info files (e.g. project or language description). Data of following languages are available: Czech (L1 & L2) - Chinese (L1) - Dutch (L2) - English (L1 & L2) - French (L2) - German (L1 & L2) - Hindi (L1) - Russian (L1) - Swedish (L2) - Tamil (L1) - Tzeltal (L1)
The researchers of the Language Development department, led by Caroline Rowland, build and test models of language acquisition that address the central question: How do the learning mechanisms in children’s brains use information in their environment to build mature linguistic knowledge?