Talking with the elderly

Everybody has a conversation with an elderly person once in a while. This can be your grandma or granddad, your neighbor or a resident of a nursing home. Do we talk to older people the same as we do to others, or do we adjust our way of speaking? And, if we make adjustments in our way of speaking, what kind of adjustments do we make? During this 10 minute lab you can experience how people speak to older people by role playing a conversation. Afterwards, the original conversation can be listened to. To conclude, we will discuss how people speak with older people and how we can (possibly) improve this in the future.  

This lab is presented by Jolien Makkinga from the Meertens Institute

Friday 29 September


We will present perception and production experiments, that we use in our Babylab.
The perception experiments are behavioural research methods for the investigation of early language perception of babies via looking times to certain stimuli. We will present how it works in a small model of the booth we are using in the Babylab.
The production experiments are a sentence completion test where we use pictures and a puppet that presents sentences the children have to complete. The other test is a picture-naming task where children are supposed to move pictures using a magic spell and a wand. With these tests we assess German language skills of monolingual and bilingual children. 

Presented by: Nathalie Czeke and Monika Lindauer from the University of Konstanz

Saturday 30 September

The Fiuman dialect

In a quiz about the Fiuman dialect, spoken in the Croatian city of Rijeka and its surroundings by the members of the Italian national minority, visitors can learn about the dialect’s origin, history and linguistic properties; they can also learn a few words and simple phrases in it. The quiz is intended for everyone wishing to broaden their knowledge of the linguistic diversity in Europe, especially those interested in the Italian language and its varieties and in the languages spoken in south-eastern Europe. 

This project will be presented by Dr Tihana Kraš from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Rijeka, Croatia. 

Friday 29 & Saturday 30 September
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