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Department of Comparative Language Science

Chantal Oderbolz

I am a PhD student at the University of Zurich interested in the brain-language relationship and how it got to be the way it is. My PhD project is part of the National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) Evolving Language which explores the past, present, and future developments of language. Having a background in neuropsychology, I specifically aim to investigate fundamental issues of speech perception and the neural signatures of prosodic phenomena in spoken language using brain imaging techniques (e.g. EEG). It is likely that suprasegmental information was important during language evolution, ultimately allowing humans to recognize patterns in the speech signal and to be able to map them onto semantics and syntactic structure.

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