Simone LöhndorfProject Assistant
My thesis project is about the semantic development of older children and adolescents (9-17 years). More specifically, I’m investigating how the language use changes from being mostly about concrete objects and phenomena, to the usage of more and more abstract and metaphorical meanings. In my analysis of written compositions, I will mainly focus on the meanings of adjective and noun combinations, and the role of the adjective for the interpretation of the noun. The study of meanings and their level of abstraction from a developmental perspective, might also give some insights about the interaction of language and cognition during those years.