MPI for Psycholinguistics

Centre type

MPI for Psycholinguistics: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (MPI)

The Language Archive, hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (MPI), is one of the leading centres worldwide for archiving multimedia/multimodal language resources covering many linguistic data types such as multimedia annotations, multimedia lexica, grammar descriptions etc. ( It also is creating the Language Archiving Technology ( ), which is used worldwide to create, manage and access very large amounts of language resources (> 60 terabytes). In addition, the institute has been involved in several infrastructure and standardization projects at European and international level for several years. CLARIN-NL benefits in particular in the areas of data offering, standardization, technology and infrastructure building from the experience gained within CLARIN-EU by the technical department of the institute.  In particular, the MPI  offers to the CLARIN-NL community:

  • a depositing and curation service in its long-term archive for linguistic resources, access to a wide variety of standalone tools, web applications and web services,
  • software services and development efforts in the field of ISOcat, RelCat, SchemaCat, Component based metadata infrastructure, the Virtual Language Observatory, Federated search, development and offering of new data analysis and visualization technology.
MPI participated and particpates in several national and international research infrastructure projects, such as CLARIN, DASISH and EUDAT.

The MPI was an important inspirator of the CLARIN initiative. Currently it led the CLARIN NL IIP infrastructure project and participated in several smaller Clarin projects. Current and previous staff members were active in CLARIN organizations; Daan Broeder is a member of the CLARIN-NL EB (CTO) Dieter van Uytvanck is a member of the CLARIN ERIC board of directors (CTO).

Centre scope

Focus Examples
related to the study of psychological, social and biological foundations of language documentation of endangered languages, resources for sign languages, phonetic resources for the study of phone perception, speech error databases, tools for creating and annotating resources, etc. For more examples, see here

Research domain


Contact details

Name: Paul Trilsbeek
Postal Address: PO Box 310, 6500 AH Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Tel: ++31-24-3521203
Fax: +31 24 3521213
E-mail: Paul Trilsbeek