I am a post-doctoral researcher within the Language in Interaction research consortium. I am based in the Neurobiology of Language department at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. In 2020, I defended my PhD thesis at the Linguistics Department at the University of Maryland, College Park and from 2021-2022 I was a lecturer at the University of Groningen.

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– I have been invited as a plenary speaker at the Manchester Forum in Linguistics, April 20-21, 2023, Manchester University. https://mfilconf.wordpress.com/
Anouk Dieuleveut and I were accepted for a talk on past tense modals at NELS 53, January 12-14 2023, Georg-August University Göttingen. https://nels53.uni-goettingen.de/.
– I accepted a new position as post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute, starting July 1st.

I’m interested in the link between language and cognition. I hereby take an interdiscplinary approach and always look for ways to incorporate my research for computer scientists, or educators, for instance. In my new position I am working on societal impact more generally: How can we translate recent knowledge on language and cognitive science into society?

My PhD focused on modals: items like may and can, which talk about possibilities and necessities that are not necessarily true at the moment (“There may be a monster under my bed!”). We use these items frequently and with variable uses – but how? And how do children acquire language like this, which goes beyond the here and now?

Contact information
E-mail: annemarie.vandooren[at]mpi.nl