Janet Grijzenhout visiting from the University of Konstanz

Psycholinguistics Research Group @ Essex

Janet Grijzenhout from our partner university in Konstanz,Germany, has be visiting us this week ( Janet.Grijzenhout@uni-konstanz.dehttp://www.uni-konstanz.de/grijzenhout/. She had many informal discussions with members of our group and other staff members and students, and she gave a series of talks: 

Monday 24th February:
a lecture as part of LG421 Phonological Development and Phonological Disorders: “Children’s phonological and morphological development”

Wednesday 26th February: 10:00-12:00
a lecture as part of LG202, Psycholinguistics:  “Early acquisition of English and German word order in yes/no questions” (work with Kristina Harder and Muna Pohl).

On Thursday 27th February, we had a Workshop on First Language Acquisition

  • 13:00: Janet Grijzenhout“The morphology-prosody interface and the early acquisition of determiners by monolingual German and bilingual Italian-German children” (work with Sascha Gaglia and Anne Gwinner). 
  • 14:00: Guided Tours of the Little Language Learner Lab
  • 14:30: Katrin Skoruppa“Milestones in infant language…

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Postgraduate Scholarships and Studentships at the University of Essex

Applied Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics, Sociolinguistics and Psycholinguistics

 The Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex, is inviting applications for a range of postgraduate studentships and scholarships. For information on the department and the staff’s research interests, please visit the following website: https://www.essex.ac.uk/langling/.

 Fully-funded ESRC studentships at the Essex Doctoral Training Centre

We welcome applications for fully-funded ESRC studentships in the areas of Experimental Linguistics and Analysing Language Use (broadly construed). For further information and guidance on how to apply, see http://www.essex.ac.uk/dtc/

Deadline for applications: 14 February 2014


University of Essex doctoral scholarships

 Our University of Essex Doctoral Scholarships support talented PhD students to study at the University. These awards are available to UK, EU and international full-time PhD students who can demonstrate an excellent academic background and the potential for future achievement, as well as financial need. To be eligible, you must hold an offer from the University of Essex for a PhD (3-year doctoral programme) or Integrated/New Route PhD (4-year doctoral programme, which includes a year of initial training). The Department of Language and Linguistics welcomes applications in applied linguistics, theoretical linguistics, sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics.


Deadline for applications: 1 March 2014.

 Types of scholarships for 2014 entry:

  1. University of Essex Doctoral Scholarship                                                     
    Fee waiver (or partial fee waiver for overseas students) to a maximum value of £4,000, living costs of £12,000 per year, plus a training bursary of £250 per year and points, which may be used to ‘buy’ advanced skills training.
  2. University of Essex Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantship
    Fee waiver (or partial fee waiver for overseas students) to a maximum value of £4,000, living costs of £4,000 per year, plus a training bursary of £250 per year and points, which may be used to ‘buy’ advanced skills training.
  3. 3.      University of Essex Doctoral Fee Waiver                                                      Fee waiver (or partial fee waiver for overseas students) to a maximum value of £4,000, a training bursary of £250 per year and points, which may be used to ‘buy’ advanced skills training.

For further information, see http://www.essex.ac.uk/studentfinance/pg/university_support/scholarships.aspx

Or contact  scholarships@essex.ac.uk



University of Essex: NEW MSc Language and the Brain

University of Essex launches new Master programme in Language and the Brain

The Departments of Psychology and Language & Linguistics will launch a brand new MSc Language and the Brain in academic year 2014-15. This unique MSc  provides instruction from both departments, access to a wide range of facilities, and a solid grounding in how the study of language  informs the study of the brain and vice versa. As the study of cognition and the brain often focuses on language processes, our joint degree scheme brings together complementary research areas and world-class researchers to provide students with a rigorous, hands-on education in areas that naturally intersect.

This one-year Master’s program (90 ECTS credits) is aimed at University graduates with degrees in Psychology, Linguistics, Cognitive Science, or a cognate discipline. Students will learn about state-of-the-art views on the neural and functional processes involved in normal language perception, language production, language development, and in developmental and acquired language disorders. For their research dissertation, students are offered the unique possibility to make use of the specialised laboratories for investigating brain activity housed in our Centre for Brain Science (CBS). Facilities include eye tracking, electroencephalography (EEG), near infra-red spectroscopy (NIRS), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) labs, as well as neuronavigation facilities.

The University of Essex offers a range of scholarships including the Academic Excellence International Masters Scholarship which supports overseas students from several countries (including United States and Canada) with a scholarship worth up to £4,000. 

The University of Essex is top ten in the UK for research excellence and second in the UK for student satisfaction (mainstream universities, National Student Survey 2013). 

To have a look at the facilities in the CBS, please visithttp://vimeo.com/channels/brainscience. Also, have a look at recent MSc graduates from the Psychology Department who reflect on their time studying at Essex herehttp://vimeo.com/72826568.  

For more information on the programme please visithttp://www.essex.ac.uk/psychology/ or click here to apply directlyhttp://www.essex.ac.uk/coursefinder/course_details.aspx?course=MSC+C8Q112

For any questions about the content of the programme, please email Dr. Silke Paulmann from the Department of Psychology and Centre for Brain Science (paulmann@essex.ac.uk) or Dr. Philip Hofmeister from the Department of Language and Linguistics (phofme@essex.ac.uk). Applications before May 1st are strongly encouraged.