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I am Juniorprofessor for Developmental Psycholinguistics at the University of Potsdam.

My research focuses on the question of how language acquisition is influenced by potentially innate/universal cognitive biases, and how effects of such biases are modulated by language experience, leading to variability in acquisition and processing.

Taking a comparative psycholinguistics approach, I compare infants and adults with different native languages, simultaneous bilinguals and learners of a second language, as well as adults with language-related developmental disorders and babies with a risk for the same.
I am expecially interested in phonological representations and how they influence speech processing and language acquisition.

I use ERP and behavioral methods, and particularly like artificial language learning paradigms. For data analysis, I use Linear Mixed Effects Models and Generalized Additive Mixed Models (GAMMs) for modelling non-linear effects.

Previously, I worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the Linguistics Department at the University of Potsdam in Germany in the SFB "Limits on Variability in Language" in a project titled "Effects of variable input on word learning and word recognition in infants", under the lead of
Barbara Höhle  and Adamantios Gafos.

Before that, I worked as a post-doctoral researcher in two consecutive ANR/DFG-funded research projects (2010-2014: "Cross-linguistic differences in the effects of the Iambic/Trochaic Law in infants and adults." PIs: Barbara Höhle (Potsdam) and Thierry Nazzi (CNRS, Paris Descartes), 2014-2017: "Multilevel prosodic processing in a crosslinguistic perspective". PIs: Barbara Höhle and Ranka Bijeljac-Babic (CNRS, Université de Poitiers).

I did my PhD, which I defended in April 2012, with René Kager at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, where I was part of his research team in an NWO-funded program studying the role of Phonotactic Constraints for Speech Segmentation.


Prof. Dr. Natalie Boll-Avetisyan
Juniorprofessor for Developmental Psycholinguistics
University of Potsdam
Cognitive Sciences Unit
Department of Linguistics
Haus 14 / Raum 140
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25
D - 14476 Potsdam

email: nboll(at)uni-potsdam.de
phone: +49 (0)331 / 9772374