Training and Research

PhD Programme Courses/classes - 2023/2024

Rhythm, meter, and syncopation: A linguistic perspective

Credits: 1

Language: English

Teacher:  Gaetano Fiorin (Università di Trieste)

Introduzione ai processi di elaborazione linguistica. Elaborazione linguistica delle parole tabù

Credits: 1

Language: Italiano

Teacher:  Simone Sulpizio (Università di Milano-Bicocca)

Exploring Worldwide Morphosyntax

Credits: 1

Language: English

Teacher:  Neele Harlos (Philipps-Universität Marburg)

Discovering language through vision: Eye-tracking for linguistic research

Credits: 1

Language: English

Teacher:  Marta Tagliani, Michela Redolfi

Clinical and Experimental Neurolinguistics Workshop

Credits: 1

Language: English

Teacher:  Simona Mancini (Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language, BCBL)

Speaker categorisation in empirical linguistics

Credits: 1,5

Language: English

Teacher:  Gabriele Pallotti (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia), Judith Purkarthofer (Universität Duisburg-Essen)

Syntactic microvariation

Credits: 1

Language: English

Teacher:  Alessandra Tomaselli, Cecilia Poletto (Università di Padova, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)

Language Policy

Credits: 1,5

Language: English

Teacher:  Inna Kabanen (University of Helsinki), Daniele Artoni

Genus, Sexus und Gender am Beispiel des Deutschen, Russischen und Armenischen

Credits: 1

Language: German

Teacher:  Gayane Savoyan

The German Language in America: Bilingualism and Language Contact

Credits: 1

Language: English

Teacher:  Mark L. Louden (The University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Quantitative Methods in Linguistics

Credits: 3

Language: English

Teacher:  Alessandro Vietti (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano)

Origine e sviluppo storico della lingua danese

Credits: 1

Language: Italian

Teacher:  Luca Panieri (Università IULM Milano)

Insegnare e imparare il tedesco tra tardo Medioevo e primo Evo moderno

Credits: 0,5

Language: Italian

Teacher:  Marialuisa Caparrini (Università degli Studi di Ferrara)

Data Curation

Credits: 2

Language: English

Teacher:  Massimiliano Canzi (University of Konstanz)

Metaphors and Vaccination

Credits: 0,5

Language: English

Teacher:  Elena Semino (Lancaster University)

Language Comprehension in Dyslexia: Sentence Processing, Linguistic Prediction, and Educational Issues

Credits: 1

Language: English

Teacher:  Paul Engelhardt (University of East Anglia)


Credits: 2,5

Language: English

Teacher:  Birgit Alber (Freie Universität Bozen), Eirini Apostolopoulou (University of Thessaloniki), Martin Krämer (UiT Noregs Arktiske Universitet)

Introduction to Conversation Analysis

Credits: 2,5

Language: English, Italian

Teacher:  Daniela Veronesi (Freie Universität Bozen), Elwys De Stefani (Universität Heidelberg)

Introduction to language documentation

Credits: 0,5

Language: English

Teacher:  Peter Austin (SOAS University of London)

Computational Linguistics

Credits: 0,5

Language: English

Academic staff

Paul Engelhardt (University of East Anglia)





Class attendance

Free Choice



Learning objectives

On successful completion of this workshop, students will:
- Understand the deficits with respect to syntactic processing in dyslexia
- Understand differences between dyslexics and non-dyslexics metaphor processing
- Understand key individual differences underlying language comprehension in dyslexia
- Understand the complexity of analysing data from the cloze task, alongside other commonly used linguistic prediction tasks
- Understand deficits in linguistic prediction in dyslexia
- Understand how structural differences in head-initial and head-final languages leads to processing tradeoffs
- Appreciate educational difficulties for individuals with dyslexia
- Gain understanding of different interventions for children with dyslexia and why there is a missing link
- Understand how research on dyslexia accommodation has been advanced in recent years


Session 1. Sentence Processing and Metaphor Comprehension in Dyslexia:
- Theories of dyslexia for sentence processing
- 3 empirical studies investigating syntactic processing in dyslexia
- Online metaphor processing in dyslexia – sparse data and conflicting results

Session 2. Linguistic Prediction in Dyslexia and Typological Considerations of Prediction:
- Analysing production data from the cloze task – the analysis nightmare
- Linguistic prediction deficits in dyslexia
- Linguistic prediction in different language typologies – a consideration of processing advantages and disadvantages across languages

Session 3. Dyslexia-Related Education Issues:
- A novel bridging intervention for dyslexia – the case for syntactic training
- Academic performance differences in dyslexia – the great mystery
- Educational accommodations for dyslexics – the Easy-to-Read guidelines


Stella, M., & Engelhardt, P.E. (2019). Syntactic ambiguity resolution in dyslexia: An examination of cognitive factors underlying eye movement differences and comprehension failures. Dyslexia, 25, 115-141.
Stella, M., & Engelhardt, P.E. (2022). Use of parsing heuristics in the comprehension of passive sentences: Evidence from dyslexia and individual differences. Brain Sciences, 12, 209.
Cersosimo, R., Engelhardt, P.E., & Domaneschi, F. (in press). Novel metaphor processing in dyslexia: Evidence from the Visual World Paradigm. Discourse Processes.
Ferreira, F., Foucart, A., & Engelhardt, P. E. (2013). Language processing in the visual world: Effects of preview, visual complexity, and prediction. Journal of Memory and Language, 69, 165-182.
Fernandez, L.B., Engelhardt, P.E., Patarroyo, A.G., & Allen, S.E.M. (2020). Effects of speech rate on anticipatory eye movements in the Visual World Paradigm: Evidence from aging, native, and non-native language. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 73, 2348-2361.
Engelhardt, P.E., Yuen, M.K.Y., Kenning, E.A., & Filipovic, L. (2021). Are linguistic prediction deficits characteristic of adults with dyslexia? Brain Sciences, 11, 59.
Engelhardt, P.E., Filipovic, L., & Hawkins, J.A. (2024). Prediction in SVO and SOV languages: Processing and typological consequences. Linguistics.
Rivero-Contreras, M., Engelhardt, P.E., & Saldana, D. (2023). Do easy-to-read adaptations really facilitate sentence processing for adults with a lower level of education: An experimental eye tracking study. Learning and Instruction, 84.
Rivero-Contreras, M., Engelhardt, P.E., & Saldana, D. (2021). An experimental eye-tracking study of text adaptation for readers with dyslexia: Effects of visual support and word frequency. Annals of Dyslexia, 71, 170-187.

When and where

Unibz, Campus Brixen
Referente: Lorenzo Spreafico (

Scheduled Lessons

When Classroom Teacher topics
Wednesday 19 June 2024
10:30 - 12:30
Duration: 2:00 AM
Campus Brixen-Bressanone - Aula Campus Brixen [1 - 0] Paul Engelhardt (University of East Anglia) Language Comprehension in Dyslexia: Sentence Processing, Linguistic Prediction, and Educational Issues (Unibz, Brixen)
Wednesday 19 June 2024
14:00 - 17:00
Duration: 3:00 AM
Campus Brixen-Bressanone - Aula Campus Brixen [1 - 0] Paul Engelhardt (University of East Anglia) Language Comprehension in Dyslexia: Sentence Processing, Linguistic Prediction, and Educational Issues (Unibz, Brixen)

PhD school courses/classes - 2023/2024

Please note: Additional information will be added during the year. Currently missing information is labelled as “TBD” (i.e. To Be Determined).

PhD students must obtain a specified number of CFUs each year by attending teaching activities offered by the PhD School.
First and second year students must obtain 8 CFUs. Teaching activities ex DM 226/2021 provide 5 CFUs; free choice activities provide 3 CFUs.
Third year students must obtain 4 CFUs. Teaching activities ex DM 226/2021 provide 2 CFUs; free choice activities provide 2 CFUs.

Registering for the courses is not required unless explicitly indicated; please consult the course information to verify whether registration is required or not. When registration is actually required, no confirmation e-mail will be sent after signing up.

Teaching Activities ex DM 226/2021: Linguistic Activities

Teaching Activities ex DM 226/2021: Research management and Enhancement

Teaching Activities ex DM 226/2021: Statistics and Computer Sciences

Teaching Activities: Free choice



Alber Birgit

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Artoni Daniele

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Cantarini Sibilla

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Cappellotto Anna

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Cipolla Maria Adele

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Delfitto Denis

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Melloni Chiara

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Padovan Andrea

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Rabanus Stefan

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Redolfi Michela

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Tagliani Marta

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Tomaselli Alessandra

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Vender Maria

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Guidelines for PhD students

Below you will find the files that contain the Guidelines for PhD students and rules for the acquisition of ECTS credits (in Italian: "CFU") for the Academic Year 2023/2024.