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Professor Harald Clahsen FBA

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About this Fellow

Psycholinguistics; first and second language acquisition, developmental and acquired language disorders, the experimental study of language processing in different languages



Current post

  • Professor of Psycholinguistics and Multilingualism, University of Potsdam; Director, Potsdam Research Institute of Multilingualism (PRIM)

Past Appointments

  • Research Fellow in Linguistics, University of Hamburg, 1981 - 1982
  • Lecturer in Linguistics, University of Düsseldorf, 1983 - 1993
  • Professor of Linguistics, University of Essex, University of Essex, 1993 - 2011
  • Professor of Linguistics, University of Essex, University of Essex, 1993 - 2011
  • Research Fellow in Linguistics, University of Wuppertal, Germany, Other Foreign Institutions, 1978 - 1980
  • , University of Potsdam, 2011
  • NULL, University of Potsdam, 2011


Clahsen, H. 1999. Lexical entries and rules of language: a multi-disciplinary study of German inflection. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 22: 991-1013. [KEYNOTE ARTICLE] 1999

Clahsen, H, Sonnenstuhl, I., Hadler, M. and S. Eisenbeiss. The mental representation of inflected words: an experimental study of adjectives and verbs in German. Language 77: 510-543. 2001

Clahsen, H. and C. Felser. Grammatical processing in language learners. Applied Psycholinguistics 27: 3-42. [KEYNOTE ARTICLE] 2006

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