The Department of Language and Literature investigates the aesthetically relevant features and the aesthetic perception as well as the evaluation of linguistic utterances and texts, with a specific focus on literature.
Focusing largely on the auditory modality, the "Computational Auditory Perception" Research Group explores the roles of experience and exposure in creating and affecting our perception of the world.
The Research Group “Neurocognition of Music and Language” explores perceptual, cognitive, and expressive similarities and differences of music and language, their neural grounding and aesthetic links.
The research project is funded by the DFG’s Heisenberg Programme. It investigates the phylogenetic preconditions of poetic behaviour
This study focuses on why the stimuli are perceived differently by the same participants, and how this ambiguity arises.
Prosody undisputedly affects the choice of syntactic constructions and the order of constituents within a sentence. However, for German, neither theories of grammar nor models of language production consider prosodic influences on sentence structure.
Information can be better perceived, processed, and maintained when it is prioritized. This focusing can unfold visually, through gaze, shifts of attention, or through memory. But how are these different forms of focus connected?
The current project is concerned with predicting text comprehension from statistical measures of the reading process.
The INHABIT program fosters the exchange between artists and scientists and enables new and challenging perspectives towards the research at the institute. The new Artist-in-Residence program calls on artists interested in cooperating with scientists from the humanities and natural sciences who are active in aesthetics research.