Harald Clahsen is one of the internationally most renowned German linguists. He is a leading researcher in the fields of language acquisition, language processing and language disorders. His work links linguistic theory with experimental psycholinguistics and techniques of neuroscience. Clahsen is to become professor for the Psycholinguistics of Multilingualism at the University of Potsdam and will be the founding director of the new Potsdam Research Institute of Multilingualism (PRIM), to reinforce the Area of Excellence in Cognitive Sciences of the Human Sciences Faculty.
Nominating University: University of Potsdam
Prof. Dr. Harald Clahsen
born in Germany in 1955, doctorate in Wuppertal in 1981, initial research and teaching positions there and in Hamburg. From 1983 to 1993, lecturer at the University of Düsseldorf, where he was granted the university's Habilitation Award. Since then, full professor at the University of Essex, Department of Language and Linguistics, Colchester, UK. In October 2011, the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship award winner became Professor of Psycholinguistics and Multilingualism at the University of Potsdam, also being appointed founding director of the new Potsdam Research Institute of Multilingualism (PRIM). Memberships on several boards and numerous distinctions, including the Gerhard Hess Award of the German Research Foundation, and Fellow of the British Academy.