Dr. Silke Brandt

Guest of the GRK in 2011

Language Acquisition: Training and generalization across constructions

1. SupervisorProf. Dr. Heike Behrens
2. SupervisorProf. Dr. Elena Lieven

I do corpus analyses and experimental studies to investigate how children's comprehension and productive use of specific (complex) linguistic structures is guided by the form and function of these and related structures in their input. I see language acquisition as a general learning process and have recently looked at interactions between linguistic and social-cognitive development.

Brandt, S., Verhagen, A., Lieven, E., & Tomasello, M. (2011). German children's productivity with simple transitive and complement-clause constructions: Testing the effects of frequency and variability. Cognitive Linguistics 22(2).
Brandt, S., Lieven, E., & Tomasello, M. (2010). Development of word order in German complement-clause constructions: Effects of input frequencies, lexical items, and discourse function. Language 86(3), 583-610.
Brandt S., Kidd, E., Lieven, E., & Tomasello, M. (2009). The discourse bases of relativization: An investigation of young German and English-speaking children's comprehension of relative clauses. Cognitive Linguistics 20(3), 539-570.
Brandt, S., Diessel, H., & Tomasello M. (2008). The acquisition of German relative clauses: A case study. Journal of Child Language 35 (2), 325-348.

DisciplinEnglish Studies
LanguagesEnglish, German
Research Directionpsycholinguistics, usage-based approaches, syntax
Keywordslanguage acquisition and processing, language and theory of mind, working memory and cognitive control in language processing