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Language Dynamics across the Life Span

Language Dynamics across the Life SpanLecture Series of the Project Group "Language Dynamics Across the Life Span"

Over the last years, cognitive aging has attracted a great deal of scholarly attention, partly due to the global demographic trend towards aging populations and the economic, medical and social challenges this poses. While cognitive aging research has mostly focused on age- related deficits, it has also been acknowledged that certain cognitive functions might be preserved or even improve as a function of age. A possible candidate for a cognitive ability that might remain largely intact across the life span is language comprehension. However, the neuro- functional underpinnings and the pervasiveness of this presumed resilience to age (both across individuals and across language levels like sounds, meaning and grammar) are still a matter of considerable debate. The present lecture series will introduce students to the state of the art and current debates around the topic of cognitive aging and language processing on the basis of talks given by leading researchers in this field.



Lecture dates, always from 2:15 - 3:45 pm