The BSL is the first 'Baby Lab' in southern Germany. As in many other 'Baby Labs' throughout the world, here we are
studying language acquisition in early childhood. Using play-oriented methods, we investigate how infants perceive
language and what they already know about language before beginning to speak.
Additionally, we want to see how children learn to speak and how their language production develops in the first years of life.
The location of Konstanz, directly on the border to Switzerland, presents an ideal opportunity to study language acquisition not only with German children but also in comparison with children acquiring Swiss German, a distinctly different variety of German. Although standard German and Swiss German are closely related, they present clear differences, for example in sentence intonation and in phonetic contrasts.
For our research, we are continually looking for volunteers in Konstanz, Kreuzlingen and their environs. If you have an infant or child between 3 and 36 months of age and would like to visit the Konstanz Baby Lab, we would most pleased if you would give us a ring or send an e-mail.
You will find our contact information below and a PDF flyer (German version) can be downloaded here. On further pages, our methods, staff and research projects of the BSL are also presented.