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apl. Prof. Dr. Blumenthal-Dramé


R 4215 | KG IV


Alice Blumenthal-Dramé is a lecturer in English Linguistics at the English Department of the University of Freiburg (chair Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Bernd Kortmann). She studied English Philology, Slavic Philology, Computational Linguistics and General Linguistics at the University of Manchester (UK), the Lomonosov University of Moscow (Russian Federation), and the University of Freiburg (Germany), where she received her PhD in 2011 and her Habilitation in 2019.

Her publications exploit behavioural and functional neuroimaging methods to explore the extent to which statistical generalisations across "big data" (notably, large-scale text corpora and databases derived from such corpora) have the potential to offer realistic insights into language users' cognition. Major motivations behind this research have been: (1) to put to the test the cognitive reality of cognitive linguistic assumptions, and (2) to gain a better understanding of the size and nature of the cognitive building blocks that are utilised in natural language use.


  • Morphological theories
  • Psycholinguistic models
  • Gestalt psychology
  • Usage-based linguistics
  • Language typology
  • Statistical methods



  • with Ehret, K.; Berdicevskis, A, Bentz, C. 2023. Measuring Language Complexity: Challenges and Opportunities. Linguistics Vanguard.

  • with McConnell, K. (2021). Usage-Based Individual Differences in the Probabilistic Processing of Multi-Word Sequences. Frontiers in Communication, 6, 703351.

  • with Ehret, K., Bentz, C., & Berdicevskis, A. (2021). Meaning and Measures: Interpreting and Evaluating Complexity Metrics. Frontiers in Communication6, 640510.

  • (2021). The Online Processing of Causal and Concessive Relations: Comparing Native Speakers of English and German. Discourse Processes 58(7), 1–20.

  • with McConnell, K. (2021). Usage-Based Individual Differences in the Probabilistic Processing of Multi-Word Sequences. Frontiers in Communication, 6, 703351.

  • with Hanulíková, A., Ferstl, E. C. (2020). Language comprehension across the life span: Introduction to the special section. International Journal of Behavioral Development 45(5), 379-381.

  • with McConnell, K. (2019). "Effects of task and corpus-derived association scores on the online processing of collocations." Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory.

  • with Malaia, E. (2018). "Shared neural and cognitive mechanisms in action and language: The multiscale information transfer framework." Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, e1484.

  • with Hanulíková, A., & Kortmann, B. (2017b). "Editorial: Perceptual linguistic salience: Modeling causes and consequences." Frontiers in Psychology 8.

  • with Glauche, V., Bormann, T., Weiller, C., Musso, M., & Kortmann, B. (2017a). "Frequency and chunking in derived words: A parametric fMRI study." Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 29(7), 1162–1177.

  • (2016b). "What corpus-based cognitive linguistics can and cannot expect from neurolinguistics." Cognitive Linguistics 27(4).

  • (2016a). "Entrenchment from a psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic perspective." H.-J. Schmid (Ed.), Entrenchment and the Psychology of Language Learning: How We Reorganize and Adapt Linguistic Knowledge. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. 129-52.



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Fakultät für Biologie


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Fakultät für Biologie


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    2009 Summer Term

    • Theoretische Grundlagen linguistischer Forschung


    2007/08 Winter Term


    2007 Summer Term

    • Oral and Written Presentation of Research in English