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


language acquisition, language processing, interdisciplinary, EEG, fNIRS
Available to host a PhD student


Brusini P, Dehaene-Lambertz G, Dutat M, Goffinet F, Christophe A.ERP evidence for on-line syntactic computations in 2-year-olds.Dev Cogn Neurosci. 2016 Jun;19:164-73. doi: 10.1016/j.dcn.2016.02.009. Epub 2016 Mar 12.

Dautriche I, Cristia A, Brusini P, Yuan S, Fisher C, Christophe A. (2014) Toddlers default to canonical surface-to-meaning mapping when learning verbs. Child Development, 85(3), 1168-80.

de Carvalho A, Dautriche I, Christophe A. (2015) Preschoolers use phrasal prosody online to constrain syntactic analysis. Developmental Science, 19, 235-250.

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.

Ngon, C., Martin, A., Dupoux, E., Cabrol, D., Dutat, M., & Peperkamp, S. (2013). (Non)words, (non)words, (non)words: evidence for a proto-lexicon during the first year of life. Developmental Science, 16, 24-34.

Cristia, A., Seidl, A., Junge, C., Soderstrom, M., & Hagoort, P. (2014) Infant predictors of language. Child Development, 85(4), 1330-1345. [pdf, online resource]

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