Conference Programme



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.



Time Thursday (Sept 27th) Friday (Sept 28th) Saturday (Sept 29th)
9:15 Welcome & Introduction

Roberta Golinkoff
(University of Delaware):

Carving events for language

Victoria Southgate
(University of Kopenhagen):


Judit Gervain
(Université Paris Descartes and CNRS):

Repetition-based rule learning at 6 months in speech and sign: developmental changes

11:00 Coffee Break

Jie Ren & Barbara Höhle
(Potsdam, Germany):

Integrating Different Aspects of Early Cognitive Development using Advanced Statistical Techniques

Beate Sodian & Irina Jarvers
(Munich, Germany):

Implicit and Explicit False Belief Understanding and Language in Early Childhood

Mariella Paul, Anne van der Kant, Claudia Männel, Jutta Mueller, Barbara Höhle, Isabell Wartenburger, Angela D. Friederici
(Potsdam/Leipzig/Osnabrück, Germany):

Developmental shift in non-adjacent dependency learning


Peter Horn, Tom Fritzsche, Antje Ehlert & Flavia Adani
(Potsdam, Germany):

Exploring potential parallels in the development of lexical and mathematical knowledge: A longitudinal study on word learning and number concepts in 30- and 36-month-old children

Sara Shoghi Javan, Shahla Raghibdoust & Vida Shaghaghi
(Tehran, Iran):

An Evaluation of Syntactic Processing Ability and Theory of Mind in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Melanie Schreiner & Nivedita Mani
(Göttingen, Germany):

Familiarity as source of information during infant word segmentation

12:30 Lunch

Larissa Samuelson
(University of East Anglia):

The role of multiple general processes in early word-object mapping and selective attention



Tobias Grossmann
(University of Virginia):

Principles of developing social brain function during infancy



Sarah Eiteljörge & Nivedita Mani
(Göttingen, Germany):

Semantic consistency of actions influences children’s word learning


Samuel H. Cosper, Claudia Männel & Jutta L. Mueller
(Osnabrück/Leipzig/Potsdam, Germany):

Mapping novel words onto auditory referents in infants and adults: an ERP study


Antonia Götz & Anna Krasotkina
(Potsdam/Gießen, Germany):

Perceptual Narrowing in speech and face recognition in infants









Coffee Break


Wrap-Up & Goodbye


Bahar Tunçgenç, Carolyn Koch, Inge-Marie Eigsti & Stewart Mostofsky
(Baltimore, US):

Spontaneous mimicry of interaction partners and social-communicative function in children with autism


Romy Räling & Matt Hilton
(Potsdam, Germany):

Shake, rattle and roll: Boundary cue perception in langangue and action


Jingtao Zhu & Anna Gavarró
(Barcelona, Spain):

Very early comprehension of word order: Evidence from Mandarin


  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. Carla Kekejian
    (Utah, US):
    Efficacy of Duolingo® as a language-learning tool for Spanish-English dual-language learners
  5. Konstantina Margiotoudi
    (Berlin, Germany):
    How old are “Boubas” and “Kikis”? Sound Symbolism from an evolutionary perspective

Gregor Kachel, Manuel Bohn, & Michael Tomasello
(Leipzig, Germany):

Creating a language: the development of a gestural code system in dyads of preschool peers


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. Edina Bulatovic-Hajnal
    Do children treat signs as object names?
  3. Chiara Boila, Tom Fritzsche, Barbara Höhle
    The relation of cognitive control to the processing of German passive sentences by monolingual and bilingual children
  4. Katerina Chládková
    Modeling the developmental stages of vowel acquisition
  5. 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
  6. Cathal O’Madagain, Gregor Kachel, Brent Strickland
    Pointing May Originate in Touch
  7. 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
  8. Anastasia Liashenko, Tamara Khagabanova, Marie Arsalidou
    Parametric measures of mental-attentional capacity: Data from Russian children
  9. Christiane Patzwald & Birgit Elsner
    Do as I say – or as I do?! How 18- and 24-month-olds weigh words and actions to infer intentions in situations of match or mismatch
  10. Susann Ullrich, D. Buttelmann, B. Harders, R. Rummer
    Kiki vs. Bouba – A stable sound-symbolic effect in young children?
  11. Esther Schott & Krista Byers-Heinlein
    Does cross-language similarity affect how bilinguals represent words?
  12. Konstantina Margiotoudi, Matthias Allritz, Manuel Bohn, Friedemann Pulvermüller
    Testing human and non-human primates on sound-shape correspondences
  13. Saskia Tobias, Markus Paulus, Angela Friederici
    The development of the understanding of hierarchical structures in language and action
  14. Sebastian Dörrenberg, Hannes Rakoczy, Ulf Liszkowski
    Do young children have a Theory of Mind, and how does it develop?
  15. 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
  16. Elma Blom, Evelyn Bosma
    Input quality in a minority-majority language context: book reading at home is more important for Frisian than for Dutch
  17. Alshaimaa Abdelwahab, Allegra Cattani, Caroline Floccia
    Validating the New Arabic Communicative Development Inventory for Assessing the Development of Language in Arabic- Speaking Children
  18. Naomi Nota, Evelyn Bosma
    The effect of bilingualism on Frisian-Dutch children’s reading: an eye-tracking study
  19. Ivonne Weyers
    The perceptual basis of non-adjacent dependency learning
  20. Zoe Pei-sui Luk, Gregoire Winterstein
    Cognitive maturity is a prerequisite for frequency: the case of Cantonese sentence-final particles
  21. Ailis Cournane, Dunja Veselinovic
    The syntactic foundation of child epistemic talk: cross-linguistic evidence
  22. Dunja Veselinovic, Ailis Cournane
    Pragmatic inferences lead children to overgenerate epistemic interpretations of modal verbs