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I am an experimental linguist. My research focuses on the issue of how language acquisition and speech processing are influenced by general (potentially innate) cognitive biases, and how these effects are modulated by language experience, leading to variability in acquisition and processing.

I pursue a cross-linguistic approach and compare infants and adults with different native languages, simultaneous bilinguals and learners of a second language. Moreover, recently, I have started investigating 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, since recently, Generalized Additive Mixed Models (GAMMs) for modelling non-linear effects.

I am now starting 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.


Dr. Natalie Boll-Avetisyan
University of Potsdam
Area of Excellence - Cognitive Sciences
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