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Realizing Leibniz’s Dream: Child Languages as a Mirror of the Mind

Project description

Putting language acquisition to the test

Children around the world acquire language and with it the human ability to communicate complex thoughts. Twelve targeted language acquisition studies will be conducted on a global scale in order to determine whether language radically compresses thought structures to sound or sign. While current theories assume a parallel between thought and language or meaning-preserving transformations, the EU-funded LeibnizDream project assumes that thought is mapped to language by only realising some pieces of conceptual representations. The project has recruited collaborators for more than 50 languages from 21 different language families, two sign languages and two creoles to carry out the studies.

Call for proposal

ERC-2019-SyG
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Host institution

GEISTESWISSENSCHAFTLICHE ZENTREN BERLIN EV
Address
Schutzenstrasse 18
10117 Berlin
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 4 162 750

Beneficiaries (3)

GEISTESWISSENSCHAFTLICHE ZENTREN BERLIN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 4 162 750
Address
Schutzenstrasse 18
10117 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 2 938 750
Address
Unter Den Linden 6
10117 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO-BICOCCA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 3 136 250
Address
Piazza Dell'ateneo Nuovo 1
20126 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments