Sabine Laaha, Ph.D.




Department of Linguistics
University of Vienna
A-1090 Vienna, Austria

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1991 - 1998 University of Vienna Romance and Slavic Philology (French, Russian) M.A. 1998
1995 - 1998 University of Vienna Linguistics M.A. 1998
1998 - 2004 University of Vienna – University Paris 5 Linguistics –  Psychology Ph.D. 2004

Doctoral dissertation:
Développement précoce de la morphologie verbale: une étude comparative sur l’acquisition de l’allemand autrichien et du français. ‘Early development of verb morphology: a comparative study on the acquisition of Austrian German and French’

Research interests

Psycholinguistics; Child language acquisition; Morphology / Morpho-phonology / Morpho-syntax; Cross-linguistic comparison; Typical vs. atypical language development



since 2003: lecturer at the Department of Linguistics of the University of Vienna
2017W: Psycholinguistics introductory seminar
2016W: Practical training in psycholinguistics
2016S: Introduction to statistics for linguists

Publications (selection)


Filippi, P., S. Laaha & W.T. Fitch (2017). Utterance-final position and pitch marking aid word learning in school-age children. Royal Society Open Science 4; 161035. Open Access


Laaha, S., M. Blineder & S. Gillis (2015). Noun plural production in preschoolers with early cochlear implantation: an experimental study of Dutch and German. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology 79(4); 561-569.


Martins, M.D., S. Laaha, E.M. Freiberger, S. Choi & W.T. Fitch (2014). How children perceive fractals: hierarchical self-similarity and cognitive development. Cognition 133; 10-24. Open Access

Tribushinina, E., H. van den Bergh, D. Ravid, A. Aksu-Koç, M. Kilani-Schoch, K. Korecky-Kröll, I. Leibovitch-Cohen, S. Laaha, B. Nir, W.U. Dressler & S. Gillis (2014). Development of adjective frequencies across semantic classes: a growth curve analysis of child speech and child-directed speech. Language, Interaction and Acquisition 5(2); 185-226.


Laaha, S. & D. Bassano (2013). On the role of input for children’s early production of bare infinitives in German and French: frequency, informativeness, salience. Language, Interaction and Acquisition 4(1); 70-90.

Laaha, S., L. Kjærbæk, H. Basbøll & W.U. Dressler (2013). The impact of sound structure on morphology: an experimental study on the acquisition of German and Danish noun plurals focussing on stem change. Acta Linguistica Hafniensia: International Journal of Linguistics 43(2) (2011); 106-126.

Bassano, D., K. Korecky-Kröll, I. Maillochon, M. van Dijk, S. Laaha, P. van Geert & W.U. Dressler (2013). Prosody and animacy in the development of noun determiner use: a cross-linguistic approach. First Language 33(5); 476-503.

van Dijk, M., P. van Geert, K. Korecky-Kröll, I. Maillochon, S. Laaha, W.U. Dressler & D. Bassano (2013). Dynamic adaptation in child-adult language interaction. Language Learning 63(2); 243-270.


Laaha, S. & W.U. Dressler (2012). Suffix predictability and stem transparency in the acquisition of German noun plurals, in:  F. Kiefer, M. Ladányi, & P. Siptár eds. Current issues in morphological theory: (ir)regularity, analogy and frequency. Amsterdam: Benjamins; 217-235.


Laaha, S. (2011). Sonority, gender and the impact of suffix predictability on the acquisition of German noun plurals. Language, Interaction and Acquisition 2(1); 82-100.

Xanthos, A., S. Laaha, S. Gillis, U. Stephany, A. Aksu-Koç, A. Christofidou, N. Gagarina, G. Hrzica, F. N. Ketrez, M. Kilani-Schoch, K. Korecky-Kröll, M. Kovačević, K. Laalo, M. Palmović, B. Pfeiler, M. D. Voeikova & W.U. Dressler (2011). On the role of morphological richness in the early development of noun and verb inflection. First Language 31(4); 461-479.

Bassano, D., I. Maillochon, K. Korecky-Kröll, M. van Dijk, S. Laaha, W.U. Dressler & P. van Geert (2011). A comparative and dynamic approach to the development of determiner use in three children from different languages. First Language 31(3); 253-279.


Kilani-Schoch, M., I. Balciuniene, K. Korecky-Kröll, S. Laaha & W.U. Dressler (2009). On the role of pragmatics in child-directed speech for the acquisition of verb morphology. Journal of Pragmatics 41; 219-239.


Ravid, D., W.U. Dressler, B. Nir-Sagiv, K. Korecky-Kröll, A. Souman, K. Rehfeldt, S. Laaha, J. Bertl, H. Basboell & S. Gillis (2008). Core morphology in child directed speech: crosslinguistic corpus analyses of noun plurals, in: H. Behrens ed. Corpora in language acquisition research: finding structure in data. (= TiLAR Series 6). Amsterdam: Benjamins; 25-60.


Laaha, S. & S. Gillis (2007) (eds.). Typological perspectives on the acquisition of noun and verb morphology (= Antwerp Papers in Linguistics 112). Antwerp: Antwerp University.

Laaha, S., S. Gillis, M. Kilani-Schoch, K. Korecky-Kröll, A. Xanthos & W.U. Dressler (2007). Weakly inflecting languages: French, Dutch and German, in: S. Laaha & S. Gillis eds. Typological perspectives on the acquisition of noun and verb morphology (= Antwerp Papers in Linguistics 112). Antwerp: Antwerp University; 21-33.

Xanthos, A. & S. Laaha (2007). Method, in: S. Laaha & S. Gillis eds. Typological perspectives on the acquisition of noun and verb morphology (= Antwerp Papers in Linguistics 112). Antwerpen: Antwerp University; 11-20.


Laaha, S., D. Ravid, K. Korecky-Kröll, G. Laaha & W.U. Dressler (2006). Early noun plurals in German: regularity, productivity or default?, Journal of Child Language 33; 271-302.

      Last update: Sabine Laaha 29.09.2017