Slavic Languages in the Black Box

Workshop on Empirical Psycholinguistic Methods

from September 24th to 26th 2014, at the University of Tübingen

Seminar für Sprachwissenschaft, Wilhelmstraße 19, R 0.01 & 0.02




  • November 12th: Uploaded available slides to the program
  • May 26th, 2014: Updated workshop program.
  • March 21st, 2014: The schedule is now announced. Have a look at the program.
  • March 21st, 2014: You can now download the conference booklet (2.6MB) with the schedule, and all abstracts.
  • March 3rd, 2014: The list of talks and abstracts is now available online.


organized by Anja Gattnar (SFB 833, Project C2, Universität Tübingen), Tanja Anstatt and Christina Clasmeier (Institute for Slavic Studies, Ruhr-Universität Bochum)



Slavic languages have become an attractive object for psycholingustic analysis, as recent studies on language processing and on language acquisition show. Psycholinguistic methods are multi-faceted and elaborate, but are often conceived of with Germanic languages in mind, and English in particular. How can Slavists still manage to make use of these methods for their own inquiries? Can exemplary studies, e.g. on English, be directly applied to Slavic languages, which have their own grammatical and morphological peculiarities?


We hope that our workshop will bring together linguists who study Slavic languages from the perspective of psycholinguistics. The focus will be on the methods, especially concerning activities in which speakers complete formally defined tasks (e.g. making judgments or decisions, reading activities, etc.) The workshop is intended to promote methodological exchange, to provide an overview over the various methods that are used, and to address the specific problems associated with them.



Keynotes Denisa Bordag (Leipzig), Tatiana V. Chernigovskaya (St. Petersburg), Barbara Mertins (Heidelberg), Roumyana Slabakova (Southampton)