Conference Prog



CROSSING THE BORDERS will be held in building 6 on Campus Griebnitzsee (see campus map).

Campus map

Building 6 | Room H02
Campus Griebnitzsee
August-Bebel-Straße 89
14482 Potsdam
Campus map on OpenStreetMap

Train, S-Bahn and bus stops “S Griebnitzsee Bhf” and “Bahnhof Griebnitzsee”
Train RB21, S-Bahn S7, Bus 616, Bus 694, Bus 696

Keynotes and paper/oral presentations will take place in building 6, room H02. Poster presentations will take place in the foyer area of building 6 (which will be signposted). You will find the registration desk aso located in the foyer area.

Please download the booklet of the conference here: Conference Booklet

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In addition to the formal conference programme, we have organised a conference dinner for an enjoyable social evening with everyone in the restaurant ZWEIHUNDERTEINS right next door (Rudolf-Breitscheid-Straße 201, 14482 Potsdam). The dinner will be held on Thursday, September 27th at 7 pm and is not included in the catering fee.



Friday, September 28, 2018, 16:30 – 17:30

1. Fatemeh Karimian, Yalda Kazemi & Arash Najimi (Isfahan, Iran):
Statistical learning in late-talkers compared with normally-developing language peers

2. Joana Rosselló (Barcelona, Spain):
Alex, the boy without grammar

3. Gerlind Grosse (Potsdam, Germany):
Shared thinking in peer groups

4. Konstantina Margiotoudi (Berlin, Germany):
How old are “Boubas” and “Kikis”? Sound Symbolism from an evolutionary perspective

5. Matt Hilton (Potsdam, Germany):
An odd state of mind? The effect of shyness on cognitive development



Thursday, September 27, 2018, 15:00 – 16:30

  1. Maurits Adam, Sarah Eiteljoerge, Nivedita Mani & Birgit Elsner
    Cross-Domain Influences of Speech and Action Understanding
  2. Nadja Althaus, Aditi Lahiri, & Kim Plunkett
    The representation of phonological features in the developing mental lexicon: Eye-tracking evidence from 18- and 24-month-olds
  3. Elma Blom & Evelyn Bosma
    Input quality in a minority-majority language context: book reading at home is more important for Frisian than for Dutch
  4. Chiara Boila, Tom Fritzsche, & Barbara Höhle
    The relation of cognitive control to the processing of German passive sentences by monolingual and bilingual children
  5. Katerina Chládková
    Modeling the developmental stages of vowel acquisition
  6. Ailis Cournane & Dunja Veselinovic
    The syntactic foundation of child epistemic talk: cross-linguistic evidence
  7. Sebastian Dörrenberg, Lisa Wenzel, Marina Proft, Hannes Rakoczy & Ulf Liszkowski
    Do young children have a Theory of Mind, and how does it develop?
  8. Kerstin Ganglmayer, Tobias Schuwerk, Beate Sodian & Markus Paulus
    Do children, adolescents and adults with autism-spectrum-condition visually anticipate other’s actions as goal-directed after frequent observation?
  9. Stella Grosso, Beate Sodian, Irina Jarvers, Tobias Schuwerk, Susanne Kristen-Antonow & Nivedita Mani
    Implicit Understanding of Epistemic Language in 27-month-old children: an Eye-tracking task
  10. Larissa Kaltefleiter, Tobias Schuwerk & Beate Sodian
    Developmental trajectories in an implicit and an explicit false belief task in dependence of a mental state language training
  11. Anne van der Kant, Mariella Paul, Claudia Männel, Angela Friederici, Barbara Höhle & Isabell Wartenburger
    fNIRS reveals a sensitive period for non-adjacent dependency learning in the linguistic domain
  12. Anastasia Liashenko, Tamara Khagabanova & Marie Arsalidou
    Parametric measures of mental-attentional capacity: Data from Russian children
  13. Konstantina Margiotoudi, Matthias Allritz, Manuel Bohn & Friedemann Pulvermüller
    Testing human and non-human primates on sound-shape correspondences
  14. Claudia Männel, Hellmuth Obrig, Arno Villringer, Merav Ahissar & Gesa Schaadt
    Seizing the benefit of auditory predictive coding in infancy: Perceptual anchoring in 2-month-olds
  15. Naomi Nota & Evelyn Bosma
    The effect of bilingualism on reading. Gradual cognate effects in Frisian-Dutch bilingual children, an eye-tracking study
  16. Cathal O’Madagain, Gregor Kachel & Brent Strickland
    Pointing May Originate in Touch
  17. Christiane Patzwald & Birgit Elsner
    Do as I say – or as I do?! How 18-and 24-month-olds weighwords and actions to infer intentions in situations of match or mismatch
  18. Gesa Schaadt, Angela D. Friederici, Hellmuth Obrig & Claudia Männel
    Association of speech perception and production in 2-month-olds: Relating event-related brain potentials to vocal reactivity
  19. Esther Schott & Krista Byers-Heinlein
    Does cross-language similarity affect how bilinguals represent words?
  20. Saskia Tobias, Markus Paulus & Angela Friederici
    The development of the understanding of hierarchical structures in language and action
  21. Susann Ullrich, D. Buttelmann, B. Harders & R. Rummer
    Kiki vs. Bouba – A stable sound-symbolic effect in young children?
  22. Dunja Veselinovic & Ailis Cournane
    Pragmatic inferences lead children to overgenerate epistemic interpretations of modal verbs
  23. Ivonne Weyers & Jutta L. Mueller
    The perceptual basis of non-adjacent dependency learning