Patrick C. Trettenbrein

Language Development & Cognitive Science Unit, University of Graz


Doctoral student (ORCID logo at the Department of Linguistics specialising in neurolinguistics; as well as graduate student of Political, Economic, & Legal Philosophy (PELP) at the Department of Philosophy.

Former teaching assistant at the Language Development & Cognitive Science Unit. (See performance record.)

Research Interests

My main research interests lie in the investigation of the biological foundations of language, focusing on the question of how language functions are implemented neurally. Moreover, I am interested in explanatory models for the development of the human capacity for language that are grounded in evolutionary theory and regard the phylogeny of Homo sapiens sapiens’ cognitive abilities. Also, I take an interest in the broader philosophical and socio-political implications of research findings produced in the cognitive sciences.

Research areas: neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, biolinguistics, cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience

Research profile in German







I’m not teaching this term. However, I will be teaching ‘Brain & language: Introduction to neurolinguistics‘ (ENI.01334UB) at the Section of Applied Linguistics at the Department of English Studies in the upcoming winter term (WS 17/18).

If you’re a student of logopedics (speech and language therapy) at FH Joanneum (University of Applied Sciences) Graz, looking for a supervisor for your bachelor thesis: By agreement with the head of the degree programme, I’m available as an external supervisor for your thesis if you’re planning on working on a topic in neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and/or cognitive neuroscience of language. In case you’re interested in working with me, please first get in touch with Angelika Rother and then contact me via e-mail.



Letter mail: Language Development & Cognitive Science Unit, Department of English Studies, University of Graz, Heinrichstraße 36/II, A-8010 Graz-Geidorf, Austria

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