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Dr. Neiloufar Family

Office: Building 57, Room 423

E-mail: family[at]rhrk.uni-kl.de

Phone: +49(0)631-205-4138

Fax: +49(0)631-205-5182

Curriculum Vitae


Academic Employment  

since 2011
Postdoctoral Researcher (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin), University of Kaiserslautern
Psycholinguistics and Language Development Group, Department of Social Sciences

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Luxembourg
Dynamics in Interaction, Communication, and Activity Lab (DICA-lab)

Postdoctoral Researcher, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense
Modèles, Dynamiques, Corpus (MoDyCo)

Researcher, Institute for Cognitive Science Studies (Tehran, Iran)


Ph.D. in Cognitive Sciences, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales

DEA (M.A.) in Cognitive Sciences, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales

B.A. in Linguistics, Boston University

Professional Training

August 2013
ERP mini-Bootcamp with Steven Luck. Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.

February 2013
Two-day eye tracking training on EyeLink 1000, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany.

July 2012
Summer School in Bilingualism, Bangor University, Bangor, UK.

April 2011
Residential Week in Multilingualism, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.

July 2005
Complex Systems Summer School, Santa Fe Institute and ITP, Beijing, China.

Research Interests

Language and cognition, Monolingual child language acquisition, semantics, psycholinguistics, corpus studies, psychedelic science, semantic priming, lexical processing, bilingual / L2 processing, bilingual / L2 syntactic representations, eye-tracking.

Selected Recent Publications

Family, N., Durus, N., Ziegler, G. (To Appear). Grammar as a Sequential Achievement: Insights from Co-constructions. Novitas-ROYAL.

Family, N. & Allen, SEM. (2015). The development of the causative construction in Persian child language. Journal of Child Language (First View). http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0305000915000057

Family, N. (2014). Semantic Spaces of Persian Light Verbs: A Constructionist Account. In Brill's Studies in South and Southwest Asian Languages. Leiden, NL: Brill.

Ziegler, G., Family, N. & Durus, N. (2012). Student-Initiated Actions in a Multilingual English Classroom Discourse. Appropriation and Transmission of World Languages and Cultures: Proceedings of International Doctoral Seminar. Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales &School of Oriental and African Studies.

Family, N. (2011). Verbal Islands in Persian. Folia Linguistica, vol 45/1, pp 1-30.

Family, N. (2009). Lighten Up: The Acquisition of Light Verb Constructions in Persian. In J. Chandlee, M. Franchini, S. Lord, and G.-M. Rheiner (Eds.), Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (pp. 139-150). Cascadilla Press, Somerville, MA. [pdf]

Family, N. (2009). Mapping Semantic Spaces: A constructionist account of the "light verb" eat in Persian. In M. Vanhove (Ed.), From Polysemy to Semantic Change: Towards a Typology of Lexical Semantic Associations (pp. 139–161). John Benjamins, Amsterdam. [pdf]

Selected Recent Presentations

Jacob, G., Katsika, K., Calley, M., Martinek, L., Family, N., & Allen, S.E.M.  (2013, September). “The role of surface and global syntactic structure in cross-linguistic priming.” Workshop on Cross-linguistic Priming in Bilinguals: Perspectives and Constraints, Nijmegen, Netherlands.

Jacob, G., Katsika, K., Calley, M., Martinek, L., Family, N., & Allen, S.E.M. (2013, March). Syntactic representations in bilinguals: The role of word order in cross- linguistic priming. 11th International Symposium of Psycholinguistics (Tenerife, Spain).

Jacob, G., Katsika, K., Calley, M., Martinek, L., Family, N., & Allen, S.E.M. (2012, September). Thematic Role Assignment in Noncanonical Sentences: Is L2 Processing more "shallow" than L1? Architecture and Mechanisms of Language Processing (AMLaP), Riva del Garda, Italy.

Family, N., and Allen, S.E.M. (2012, July). Productivity in the Persian Causative Construction, 4th UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference, King's College London (UK).

Teaching at the University of Kaiserslautern

  • Introduction to Linguistics (for Computer Science Masters students)
  • Introduction to Cognitive Science (for Cognitive Science and Computer Science Masters students)
  • Scientific Writing and Publishing in English (for doctoral students and postdocs in all disciplines)
  • Psychedelics: Cognition and Altered States


Professional Service

Longitudinal corpus transcription and annotation of spontaneous child language in Persian (50 hours): Lilia (2yrs) and Minu (4yrs) http://childes.psy.cmu.edu/data/Other/Farsi/