Language and its acquisition


Research center

45 rue d’Ulm
75230 Paris
Marc Mézard




Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique
Phone: 01 44 32 26 16
UMR 8554
Labex IEC (Institut d'Etude de la Cognition), Idex PSL, ANR


language acquisition, language processing, interdisciplinary, EEG, fNIRS


Schlenker, P., Chemla, E., and Zuberbühler, K. (2016). What Do Monkey Calls Mean? Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 20(12): 894--904. 2016.

de Carvalho, A., Dautriche, I. & Christophe A. (2016). Preschoolers use phrasal prosody online to constrain syntactic analysis. Developmental Science, 19, 235-250.3.    

Bergmann, C., & Cristia, A. (2016). Development of infants’ segmentation of words from native speech: A meta-analytic approach. Developmental Science, 9(6), 901-917. DOI: 10.1111/desc.12341 

Sun, Y., M. Giavazzi, M. Adda-Decker, L. Barbosa, S. Kouider, A.-C. Bachoud-Lévi, C. Jacquemot & S. Peperkamp (2015). Complex linguistic rules modulate early auditory brain responses. Brain and Language 149, 55-65.

Brusini, P., Dehaene-Lambertz, G., Dutat, M., Goffinet, F. & Christophe, A. (2016). ERP evidence for on-line syntactic computations in 2-year-olds. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 19, 164-173.

Fields of research

Cognitive neurosciences / neuropsychology /neuroeconomy

Research Theme

Language is a complex cognitive function, involving the processing of several interacting levels of linguistic structure (e.g., phonology, syntax, semantics). The aim of our research is to understand the (neuro-)psychological mechanisms underlying the processing of human language in adults and its rapid and efficient acquisition in infants and young children. Our team consists of four PIs, focusing on different aspects of language processing and acquisition: Anne Christophe, Emmanuel Chemla, Alex Cristia, and Sharon Peperkamp (click on the names to visit the individual web pages). Our common research strategy integrates expertise in formal linguistics, experimental psychology, neuro-imaging, and computational modeling.

Team members

CHEMLA Emmanuel
CRISTIA Alejandrina