Lena Ackermann

Lena obtained a bachelor’s degree in German and French studies with a focus on linguistics from the Universities of Bonn and Paris-Sorbonne in 2013. In her final thesis, she examined multiethnic youth vernaculars in German and French.

She then went on to pursue a master’s degree in linguistics at the University of Marburg from 2013 to 2016. In the summer of 2014, she secured a three-month internship with the Language Acquisition Research Center at Hunter College in New York which allowed her to gain practical experience in empirical language acquisition research. Back in Marburg, she worked as a student assistant in empirical dialectology. In her master’s thesis, she looked at subjective and objective dialect competence in Germany.

Lena has been working as a research assistant and PhD student with the psychology of language research group at Georg-Elias-Müller-Institut since October 2016. Her PhD project focusses on infants’ intrinsic motivation to learn new words and the factors that positively and negatively influence word learning.