Prof. Dr.


Prof. Dr. Bornkessel-Schlesewsky

Prof. Dr. Bornkessel-Schlesewsky

My research primarily focuses on the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language. In particular, I am interested in developing neurobiologically plausible models of language and the brain, i.e. models that respect current knowledge about brain structure and function rather than being based primarily on linguistic or cognitive considerations. A further hallmark of my research is that I am passionate about linguistic diversity as a key to understanding the neurobiology of language, asking how "one brain" can process approximately 7000 languages (a current estimate of the number of living languages used in the word today). From a broader perspective, my research aims to illuminate basic mechanisms of information processing – applying both in language and other cognitive domains – and how they are implemented by the brain.

Contact details
Philipps-University Marburg
FB 09 German Studies and Aesthetics
Deutschhausstr. 3
35037 Marburg, Germany
+49 (0)6421 28 24 675
+49 (0)6421 28 24 558

  • Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, I., Schlesewsky, M., Small, S. L., & Rauschecker, J. P. (2015). Neurobiological roots of language in primate audition: common computational properties. Trends in cognitive sciences, 19(3), 142-150.

former project-related publications

  • Bornkessel, I., & Schlesewsky, M. (2006). The extended Argument Dependency Model: A neurocognitive approach to sentence comprehension across languages. Psychological Review, 113, 787-821.
  • Bornkessel, I., Zysset, S., Friederici, A. D., von Cramon, D. Y., & Schlesewsky, M. (2005). Who did what to whom? The neural basis of argument hierarchies during language comprehension. NeuroImage, 26, 221-233.
  • Bornkessel-Schlesewsky I, Grewe T, Schlesewsky M (2012). Prominence vs. aboutness in sequencing: A functional distinction within the left inferior frontal gyrus. Brain and Language, 120, 96-107.
  • Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, I., & Schlesewsky, M. (2008). An alternative perspective on “semantic P600” effects in language comprehension. Brain Research Reviews, 59, 55-73.
  • Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, I., & Schlesewsky, M. (2009). The role of prominence information in the real time comprehension of transitive constructions: A cross-linguistic approach. Language and Linguistics Compass, 3, 19-58.
  • Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, I., & Schlesewsky, M. (2013). Reconciling time, space and function: A new dorsal-ventral stream model of sentence comprehension. Brain and Language, 125, 60-76.
  • Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, I., Kretzschmar, F., Tune, S., Wang, L., Genç, S., Philipp, M., Roehm, D., &Schlesewsky, M. (2011). Think globally: Cross-linguistic variation in electrophysiological activity during sentence comprehension.Brain and Language, 117, 133-152.
  • Choudhary, K. K., Schlesewsky, M., Roehm, D., & Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, I. (2009). The N400 as a correlate of interpretively-relevant linguistic rules: Evidence from Hindi. Neuropsychologia, 47, 3012-3022.
  • Grewe, T., Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, I., Zysset, S., Wiese, R., von Cramon, D. Y., & Schlesewsky, M. (2007). The role of the posterior superior temporal sulcus in the processing of unmarked transitivity. Neuroimage, 35, 343-352.
  • Philipp, M., Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, I., Bisang, W., & Schlesewsky, M. (2008). The role of animacy in the real time comprehension of Mandarin Chinese: Evidence from auditory event-related brain potentials. Brain and Language, 105, 112-133.