Prof. Dr.

Christina Kauschke

Prof. Dr. Christina Kauschke

Prof. Dr. Christina Kauschke

The emphasis of my research is on the acquisition of language during child development. Specifically, I am concerned with lexical, semantic, morphological, and prosodic aspects of word processing and acquisition. In our current project we investigate how children process emotional information in words and faces, and how these two modes of communication interact. My goal is to combine psycholinguistic and clinical research, and to translate our research outcomes into clinical practice.

Contact details
Philipps-University Marburg
FB 09 German Studies and Aesthetics
Pilgrimstein 16
35037 Marburg, Germany
+49 (0)6421 28 24672


  • Bahn , D., Vesker , M., García Alanis , J.C. , Schwarzer , G., & Kauschke , C. (2017). Age-dependent positivity bias in children’s perception of emotion terms. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:1268. DOI find paper
  • Bahn, D., Vesker, M., Schwarzer, G., & Kauschke, C. (2017). Perception of valence and arousal in German emotion terms – A comparison between 9-year-old children and adults. Minor revision, in press. DOI find paper
  • Kauschke C., Bahn , D., Vesker , M., & Schwarzer , G. (2017). Die semantische Repräsentation von Emotionsbegriffen bei Kindern im Grundschulalter. Kindheit und Entwicklung DOI find paper
  • Kauschke, C., van der Beek, B. & Kamp-Becker, I. (2016). Narratives of girls and boys with autism spectrum disorders: Gender differences in narrative competence and Internal State Language. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46(3), 840-853. DOI find paper
  • Levy, J. & Kauschke, C (2015). Affective and Internal State Language in High Functioning Autism. In U. M. Lüdtke (ed.) Emotion in Language. Theory-Research-Application. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 421-444. find paper
  • Ludwig, D., Schwarzer, G., & Kauschke, C. (2016). Positiv oder Negativ? – Verarbeitung von Emotionsbegriffen und Gesichtsausdrücken bei Kindern mit typischem und auffälligem Spracherwerb. Logos, 24 (1). 15-23. find paper
  • Papadopoulos, J., Domahs, F., & Kauschke , C. (2017). The Role of Sensory Perception, Emotionality and Lifeworld in Word Processing: Evidence from Congenital Blindness and Synesthesia. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 1-27. DOI find paper
  • Vesker, M., Bahn, D., Dege, F., Kauschke, C., Schwarzer, G. (2018). Vesker, M., Bahn, D., Dege, F., Kauschke, C., Schwarzer, G. (2018) Developmental changes in the categoral processing of positive and negative facial expressions. PLoSOne. 13(8): e0201521. find paper
  • Vesker, M., Bahn, D., Kauschke, C., Tschense, M., Degé, F., & Schwarzer, G. (2018). Auditory Emotion Word Primes Influence Emotional Face Categorization in Children and Adults, but Not Vice Versa. Frontiers in psychology, 9. find paper
  • Vesker, M., Ludwig, D., Degé, F., Kauschke, C., & Schwarzer, G. (2017). Perceiving Arousal and Valence in Facial Expressions: Differences Between Children and Adults. European Journal of Developmental Psychology. DOI find paper

former project-related publications

  • De Bleser, R. & Kauschke, C. (2003). Acquisition and loss of nouns and verbs: parallel or divergent patterns?. Journal of Neurolinguistics. 16, 213-229.
  • Kauschke, C. (2012). Kindlicher Spracherwerb im Deutschen. Verläufe, Forschungsmethoden, Erklärungsansätze. Berlin: De Gruyter.
  • Kauschke, C. & Hofmeister, C. (2002). Early lexical development in German: a study on vocabulary growth and vocabulary composition during the second and third year of life. Journal of Child Language. 29, 735-757.
  • Kauschke, C., Lee, H.-W., & Pae, S. (2007). Similarities and variation in noun and verb acquisition – a crosslinguistic study of children learning German, Korean, and Turkish. Language and Cognitive Processes, 22,7. 1-28.
  • Kauschke, C., Nutsch, C., & Schrauf, J. (2012). Verarbeitung von konkreten und abstrakten Wörtern bei Kindern im Schulalter. Zeitschrift für Entwicklungspsychologie und Pädagogische Psychologie, 44(1). 2-11.
  • Kauschke, C., Renner, L., & Domahs, U. (2013). Prosodic constraints on inflected words: An area of difficulty for German-speaking children with specific language impairment?. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, published early online doi:10.3109/02699206.2013.798033.
  • Klassert, A., Gagarina, N. & Kauschke, C. (2013). Object and action naming in Russian- and German-speaking monolingual and bilingual children. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. FirstView article DOI: 10.1017/S1366728913000096.