Sarah von Grebmer Zu Wolfsthurn

ESR5: Processing grammatical gender across languages: effects of typological distance and cognates

Lead beneficiary: Leiden University

Main supervisor: N. Schiller

About me:

My educational background is in experimental psychology (BSc from the University of Bristol) and Neuropsychology (MSc from the University of Bristol). My previous research has focused on several issues throughout the fields of psycholinguistics, for example speech perception and statistical learning in adults and children. I am currently working on the ESR5 project called “Cross- Linguistic Transfer Effects in Bilingual Speakers and the Role of Typological Distance and Cognate Status during Processing of Grammatical Gender” at Leiden University. My project focuses on cognitive transfer, that is transferring cognitive properties of one language system (L1) to another language system (L2). This project investigates the effects of linguistic transfer of grammatical gender by testing whether or not speakers of an L1 with a gender system that is similar to the gender system of the L2 learn the L2 gender system more easily than speakers whose L1 has a different gender system.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska Curie grant agreement No 765556.

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