Big Questions

The most recent development in our consortium is the identification of five Big Questions (BQs) for stepping up the consortium wide collaborations. The BQs are considered as central to our understanding of the human language faculty, and questions where the LiI-members believe the consortium can make significant steps forward in answering them. The BQs form the skeleton for the formation of collaborative teams of researchers. These teams of researchers will collaborate to collectively address the key questions of our field that only a consortium of this nature can tackle. The Big Questions address 4 major themes, namely:
Computational Modelling, Language-ready Brain, Interaction, and Variability

BQ1

The nature of the mental lexicon: How to bridge neurobiology and psycholinguistic theory by computational modelling?

BQ2

What are the characteristics and consequences of internal brain organization for language?

BQ3

Creating a shared cognitive space:  How is language grounded in and shaped by communicative settings of interacting people?

BQ4

Variability in language processing and in language learning: Why does the ability to learn language change with age? How can we characterise and map individual language skills in relation to the population distribution?

BQ5

How are other cognitive systems shaped by the presence of a language system in humans?