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Universität Potsdam
Department Linguistik
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Laura Anna Ciaccio

International Ph.D. Programme for Experimental and Clinical Linguistics (IECL)

PhD Candidate

email: ciaccio AT uni-potsdam DOT de



In my Ph.D. project, I am focusing on the processing of complex words, under the supervision of PD Dr. Frank Burchert and Prof. Dr. Harald Clahsen. I am particularly interested in prefixed words and their similarities and differences with suffixed words. Specifically, I am researching "challenged" populations, such as aphasic and non-native speakers.


Ciaccio, L. A. (2015). Color terms and color perception. Reconciling universalism and relativism. Rivista Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio, 9(2), 1-13.

Ciaccio, L. A., & Bormann, T. (2013). The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis in the domain of colors: evidence from healthy and aphasic speakers. Rivista Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio, 7(3), 1-14.

Conference presentations

Ciaccio, L.A. & Burchert, F (2016). Prefixed words are produced similarly to compounds but not to suffixed words: Evidence from a case of deep dyslexia. Poster presented at the Academy of Aphasia 54th Annual Meeting, Llandudno, Wales (UK), 16-18 October.

Ciaccio, L.A. (2016). Dissociations in the production of prefixed and suffixed words: Evidence from Broca’s Aphasia. Invited talk at Workshop Impairments in the mental lexicon, Potsdam, Germany, 3 August.

Ciaccio, L.A. & Jacob, G. (2016). The processing of complex words in L2 speakers: Disentangling effects of morphology and orthography. Talk held at the International Symposium on Bilingual and L2 Processing in Adults and Children (ISBPAC), Kaiserslautern, Germany, 14-15 April. Awarded as best student's presentation.

Ciaccio, L.A. (2014). The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis in the domain of colors: Evidence from aphasia. Talk held at the Experimental Psycholinguistics Conference (ERP), Madrid, Spain, 1-3 October.

Book reviews

Ciaccio, L.A. (2016). Review of Štekauer, P., Valera Hernández, S., Kőrtvélyessy, L. (2015) Word-Formation in the World's Languages. A Typological Survey (Cambridge University Press).The Linguist List, issue 27.2877. 

Ciaccio, L.A. (2015). Review of Dewell, R.B. (2015) The Semantics of German Verb Prefixes (Human Cognitive Processing 49, John Benjamins).The Linguist List, issue 26.5178.   



Series of lectures "Einführung in die Morphologie" (introduction to morphology), taught in the course by PD Dr. Burchert "Morphologische Störungen" (morphological disorders), Spring Semester 2016.

Lectures "Reading and Writing impairments" and "Morphological impairments", taught in the course by PD Dr. Frank Burchert "Topics in Neurolinguistics", Spring Semester 2016.

Research Experience

since March 2016: research assistant at Potsdam Research Institute for Multilingualism, Universität Potsdam, Germany.

May-September 2014: Research internship on EEG methods at research group for Neurocognitive Psychology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

March-September 2013: Research cooperation with Dr. Bormann, Universitätsklinik Freiburg, Germany, and Prof. Miceli, Università di Trento, Italy, for Master's Thesis research with aphasic speakers.


July 2015-July 2016: International Teaching Professionals - Supplemental Certificate for Early-Stage Researchers, Potsdam Graduate School, Universität Potsdam, Germany

since Oct. 2014: PhD Student, IECL Program, Universität Potsdam, Germany

2011-2013: M.A. in Foreign Languages and Lingusitics, Università Cattolica di Milano, Italy (summa cum laude). Master's  Thesis on color naming and perception in speakers with color anomia [Fall 2012-2013: Erasmus semester at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany].

2008-2011: B.A. in Foreign Languages and Linguistics, Università Cattolica di Milano, Italy (summa cum laude). Bachelor's thesis on the semantics of German prefixed words [Fall 2010: Exchange semester at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA].