Spracherwerbsforschung: Institute, Organisationen und Videos

Der erste Teil der folgenden Linkliste enthält deutschsprachige Webseiten zur Spracherwerbsforschung. The second part of this link list features English webpages for language acquisition research.

Spracherwerbsforschung an Max-Planck-Instituten

Mehrere Institute der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft betreiben Spracherwerbsforschung und Psycholinguistik und bieten auf ihren Webseiten und Veranstaltungen Informationen auf Deutsch und Englisch an:

Babylabs und Kindersprachlabore an deutschsprachigen Universitäten

Zentren für Mehrsprachigkeit in der Spracherwerbsforschung

Informationen zum mehrsprachigen Spracherwerb findet man auf den Webseiten von Forschungsinstituten, die sich mit diesem Thema befassen. Dort gibt es auch Informationen zum einsprachigen Erwerb. Viele Projekte zur Mehrsprachigkeit beziehen nämlich einsprachige Kinder als Kontrollgruppe in ihre Studien ein.

Unterrichtsmaterialien, Literatur- und Linklisten zur Spracherwerbsforschung

Die folgenden Seiten richten sich in erster Linie an Lehrende und Studierende an Universitäten und Forschungsinstituten. Man findet aber auch Informationen zu Einführungstexten oder Webseiten für Familien und Menschen in klinischen oder pädagogischen Berufen.

  • Die Childdirectedspeech-Seite bietet Blogtexte, Link- und Literaturlisten sowie Informationen und Unterrichtsmaterialien zu Forschungsmethoden. Der Schwerpunkt liegt auf dem Input, den Kinder beim Spracherwerb erhalten. Es gibt aber auch Informationen über die Sprachentwicklung der Kinder selbst. Die Blogbeiträge sind in englischer Sprache geschrieben. In den Link- und Literaturlisten gibt es aber auch deutschsprachige Webseiten und Veröffentlichungen.
    http://childdirectedspeech.wordpress.com/
  • Auf der Experimentalfieldlinguistics-Webseite findet man Blogtexte, Link- und Literaturlisten sowie Unterrichtsmaterialien zu psycholinguistischen Forschungsmethoden und zur sprachwissenschaftlichen Feldforschung. Die Blogbeiträge erscheinen in englischer Sprache. Die Link- und Literaturlisten enthalten aber auch Informationen über deutschsprachige Webseiten und Publikationen.
    http://experimentalfieldlinguistics.wordpress.com/

Organisationen und Tagungen für Spracherwerbsforschung

Videos und Interviews zur Spracherwerbsforschung

Online-Lexika für Psycholinguistik, Neurolinguistik, Sprachwissenschaft, und Grammatik

Wenn man beginnt, sich mit Theorien, Methoden und Ergebnissen der Sprachwissenschaft zu befassen, wird man oft mit unbekannten Begriffen konfrontiert. Die folgenden Lexika und Glossare erläutern Begriffe aus der Psycholinguistik, Neurolinguistik, Sprachwissenschaft, und Grammatik.

Language Acquisition Research in Max-Planck Institutes

Several institutes of the German Max-Planck Society focus on language acquisition research and psycholinguistics. Their websites offer Information about projects, events, results and publications, both in German and in English.

The webpages of the Max-Planck society offer news, articles, podcasts and videos about current projects and results of previous studies.
https://www.mpg.de/research.

Language Acquisition Research Institutes and Networks

There are too many international language acquisition research projects and centers with English websites to list them all individually. However, projects are typically organized in larger networks and can be found via these networks – or via data archives and professional organisations for researchers:

The ACQDIV-webpage has links to the corpora for these languages. It also provides information about the individual projects, links to their websites, news, and additional resources.

  • The European Union fosters international collaboration through its Cost Action Network funding. A list of current and past projects can be found on its webpage.
    https://www.cost.eu/cost-actions/browse-actions/
  • The US has a very active language acquisition research community. In order to find language acquisition projects in the US, a good first step is to search the list of projects that the National Science Foundation (NSF) supports in the behavioral and cognitive sciences.
    https://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=BCS
  • In the UK, the Lucid Centre (Centre for Language and Communicative Development) brings together researchers from the Lancaster University, the University of Liverpool, and the University of Manchester for large-scale projects on child language acquisition. These projects also involve other researchers around the world. Hence, the Lucid website offers links to related projects in Europe, the US, and Australia. It also provides a lot of information and many resources for researchers, families, and professionals in the education and health sectors.
    http://www.lucid.ac.uk

Language Acquisition Data and Research Materials

  • CHILDES is the largest database for child language data. It offers free access to transcripts, audio- and video recordings, bibliographies, teaching materials, tools for data analysis, an email newsletter, and further information about language acquisition.
    https://childes.talkbank.org/
  • The ACQDIV-project, which investigates language acquisition for a growing set of diverse languages has a joint archive with data from 11 languages so far and links to sites for the individual corpora.
    https://www.acqdiv.uzh.ch/en.html.
  • The Language Archive of the Max-Planck-Institute (MPI) for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, offers access to archived resources from MPI-research and the data from researchers working on a wide range of languages throughout the world, including the DOBES archive of endangered languages. The archive contains audio and video recordings of spontaneous speech from languages around the world; photographs, notes, experimental data, and experimental stimuli used to collect data. Some of the materials are openly accessible. For other materials, access may be requested.
    https://archive.mpi.nl/
  • The IRIS database is a digital collection of instruments, materials, stimuli, data coding and analysis tools that have been used for research into second languages and multilingualism. Many of these materials can be employed in studies with first language learners and monolinguals as well. Materials are freely accessible, searchable, and downloadable.
    https://www.iris-database.org

Organizations and Conferences for Language Acquisition Research

  • The International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL) promotes international and interdisciplinary cooperation in the study of child language. It sponsors the triennial International Congress for the Study of Child Language (next meeting at the University of Pennsylvania in 2020). The email newsletter offers information about child language twice a year (https://iascl.talkbank.org/clb.php).
    https://iascl.talkbank.org/
  • The Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD) is one of the most established conferences for language development and attracts researchers with a broad range of theoretical approaches. It features talks on monolingual and bilingual first language acquisition, second language acquisition, and developmental language disorders.
    https://www.bu.edu/bucld/
  • The biannual language acquisition conference GALA has a focus on generative theories of language acquisition (Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition). The next conference will take place in 2021.
    https://generativeapproach.wixsite.com/2019
  • The biannual GALANA conference (Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition in North America) is the North American counterpart of the GALA conference and takes place in those years where there is no GALA conference (e.g. in 2020).
    http://galana8.indiana.edu/index.php 2018
  • The biannual Child Language Symposium in the UK focuses on children’s monolingual or bilingual language development and attracts researchers working in a variety of theoretical approaches. The 2019 conference took place in Sheffield. The next conference is planned for 2021.
    https://sites.google.com/a/sheffield.ac.uk/clshef2019/home
  • The “Linguist List” website offers a mailing list and a list of current conferences and workshops. The list can be searched for particular dates or topics, e.g. language acquisition. Most of the conferences have English as the main conference language, but conferences with other languages can also be found.
    https://linguistlist.org/

Teaching Materials, Link and Literature Lists for Language Acquisition Research

  • The webpage of the CHILDES database for child language data offers teaching resources, for instance tutorials for the use of the database and lists of videos of/about child language, and a glossary of linguistic terms.
    https://childes.talkbank.org/teach/
  • The childdirectedspeech-website offers blog texts, software and research method tutorials as well as lists of websites and publications. This website is mostly aimed at researchers and students who are investigating language acquisition and child-directed speech. However, the webpage also offers lists of introductory materials.
    http://childdirectedspeech.wordpress.com/
  • The experimentalfieldlinguistics-website was created to support language acquisition and psycholinguistic research on under-researched languages. It is aimed at researchers and students and features blog texts, software and research method tutorials and lists of websites and publications. http://experimentalfieldlinguistics.wordpress.com/

Online Encyclopedias and Glossaries for Psychology, Psycholinguistics, Linguistics and Grammar

  • The SIL glossary provides definitions of linguistic terms and sources for this information.
    https://glossary.sil.org/
  • Glottopedia is “a freely editable encyclopedia for linguists by linguists”, i.e. a kind of Wikipedia with high-quality entries written by linguistics experts. http://www.glottopedia.org/index.php/Main_Page
  • Encyclopedia.com offers free access to articles about many topics, including language acquisition, multilingualism, and psycholinguistics. https://www.encyclopedia.com

Videos and Podcasts on Linguistics and Language Acquisition Research

Mein persönlicher Sprachspinat-Tipp

Einen guten Einstieg ins Thema bieten die genannten YouTube-Videos und Podcasts. Dort sieht man auch verschiedene Projekte, Menschen und Labore und kann dann auf den entsprechenden Webseiten mehr herausfinden. Wer sich durch Lesen auf dem Laufenden halten will, dem kann ich das deutschsprachige eMagazin der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft und die englischsprachigen Blogartikel des Lucid-Centres besonders empfehlen.