Prof. Dr. Heike Behrens

Professor of Cognitive Linguistics and Language Acquisition Research

Heike Behrens is a full professor of "Cognitive Linguistics and Language Acquisition Research" with a joint affiliation in the German and English department. She specializes in first language acquisition where she takes a cognitive-developmental perspective and works with large databases. Heike Behrens did her Staatsexamen and MA in English and German at the University of Kiel, and her PhD at the University of Amsterdam. She held research positions at the Universities of Braunschweig and Cologne, and the Max-Planck-Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen and the Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology at Leipzig, and spent a year as a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley. Before coming to Basel in 2005, she was professor of German Linguistics at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

Consultation hour: Tuesday 4-5 pm (walk in)


2010-2015 Editor, Journal of Child Language

2009-2014 Member and Speaker (with Prof. Stefan Pfänder) of the Graduiertenkolleg GRK 1624 "Frequenzeffekte in der Sprache" (Research Training Group on Frequency Effects in Language), Albert-Ludwig-Universität (Freiburg i. Br., Germany). Funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

2008-2012 SNF ProDoc: Research Module on "Typisierte Sprache" (with A. Linke (Zurich) and A. Häcki Buhofer (Basel))

2011-2014 Executive Committee Member of the International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL)

2008-2015 Member of the Schweizer Wissenschafts- und Technologierat (SWTR)



Deutsches Seminar
Nadelberg 4
CH-4051 Basel

Office 105

Office phone:
+41 (0)61 207 27 86

Office fax:
+41 (0)61 207 34 40