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The Brain Language Laboratory (BLL) at the Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) is devoted to the study of the neurobiological basis of language. The main strands of this research are theoretical, experimental and translational.

You will find an overview of the current projects here.

The main research interests are:

1.Theory and brain-grounded neurocomputational modelling

We use neuroanatomically and neurophysiologically inspired network models to address questions about language and cognition. Read more

2.Neurophonology and -morphology

The brain basis of speech sounds and spoken word forms is modeled and investigated in neurophysiological and patient studies. Read more

3.Neurocombinatorial investigations

There are different kinds of links between the brain areas when learning and using a language (e.g. lexicon-related neuronal assemblies or grammar-related ones). Research in this field may be useful for addressing questions in linguistics and brain science.  Read more


One of our key observations is that the meaning of words and constructions is manifest in specific predictable topographical patterns of brain activation. Read more


Brain activations can be mapped for different speech acts and we explore theory-guided explanations for neuropragmatic relationships. Read more

6.Neurorehabilitation of language

Prof. Pulvermüller and his team developed a method knon as Intensive language-action, which is successful in the therapy of patients suffering from chronic post-stroke language deficits. Read more

You can find more detailed information in our publications. You can find a list of all publications HERE.

Further you can get some insights into the BLLs´ research on our Focus on Research - page.

The most recent developements you find HERE.

To achive that we have a lot of national and international collaborations and a bunch of different methods we use.

Our research is currently funded by the following institutions: