katrinI am a professor of speech and language pathology (logopédie) at the University of Neuchâtel.

My research focuses on language learning and language disorders in infants and children.

Much of my early work has focused on the acquisition of native sound structure, especially in infants and children with hearing impairments. Recently, I have expanded my interests to other areas of language, with a focus on language impairments in multilingual settings, and on early diagnosis and prevention.

Current research projects (funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation):

CLaP vers les langues

Crocodile (CROss-national interdisCiplinary study On child Development In Linguistically-diverse Environments)

Contact: katrin.skoruppa -at- unine.ch

Academic career

Since 2016: Professor of Speech and Language Pathology

Institute of Language Sciences and Communication, University of Neuchâtel

2014 – 2016: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department of Language and Literature, University of Basel

2012 – 2014: Lecturer in Psycholinguistics

Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex

2009 – 2012: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department for Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences, UCL (London)

Advisor: Stuart Rosen

2006 – 2009: PhD in Linguistics

Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris)

Title: Mechanisms of early phonological acquisition

Advisor: Sharon Peperkamp

2005 – 2006: Master in Cognitive Sciences

Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris)

2000 – 2005: Diploma in Clinical Linguistics

(German equivalent of BA/MA), University of Potsdam

Academic career


Articles in peer-reviewed journals. Some are available on rero.doc, researchgate or contact me if you would like a copy.

  • Schwob, S., & Skoruppa, K. (2022). Detecting Developmental Language Disorder in Monolingual and Bilingual Children: Comparison of Language-Specific and Crosslinguistic Nonword Repetition Tasks in French and Portuguese. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research65(3), 1159-1165.
  • Schwob, S., Eddé, L., Jacquin, L., Leboulanger, M., Picard, M., Oliveira, P. R., & Skoruppa, K. (2021). Using nonword repetition to identify developmental language disorder in monolingual and bilingual children: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research64(9), 3578-3593.
  • Schwob, S., & Skoruppa, K. (2021). L’identification du trouble développemental du langage oral chez les enfants bilingues français-portugais: les ressources a disposition des orthophonistes. Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology45(4), 251-267.
  • Paze, E., Schwob, S., Volpin, L. & Skoruppa, K. (2021). La prévention des difficultés langagières des enfants préscolaires: état des lieux des stratégies d’encouragement à privilégier dans un contexte monolingue et plurilingue. Travaux neuchâtelois de linguistique, 74, 129-145.
  • McCarthy, K. M., Skoruppa, K., & Iverson, P. (2019). Development of neural perceptual vowel spaces during the first year of life. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 1-7.
  • Skoruppa, K. (2019). Noun and verb learning in an artificial language in mono- and multilingual children: A multilingual verb learning advantage in German-learning first grade school children. Travaux Neuchâtelois de Linguistique, 71, 109-123.
  • Sundara, M., Ngon, C., Skoruppa, K., Feldman, N. H., Onario, G. M., Morgan, J. L., & Peperkamp, S. (2018). Young infants’ discrimination of subtle phonetic contrasts. Cognition 178, 57-66.
  • Madlener, K., Skoruppa, K. & Behrens, H. (2017). Gradual development of constructional complexity in German spatial language. Cognitive Linguistics 28 (4), 757–798.
  • Roche, J.; Jessen, M.; Weidinger, N.; Behrens, H.; Haberzettl, S.; Hasselhorn, M.; Ifenthaler, D.; Kapica, N.; Kecker, G.; Klein, W.; Madlener, K.; Pagonis, G.; Schug, M.; Skoruppa, K.; Terrasi-Haufe, E. & Thissen, F. (2016). Zur Entwicklung eines interaktiven Verfahrens der Sprachstandsermittlung bei mehrsprachig aufwachsenden Kindern – von der Idee zu ersten Umsetzungsschritten. Zeitschrift für Interkulturellen Fremdsprachenunterricht 21 (2), 127-142.
  • Skoruppa, K., Nevins, A., Gillard, A. & Rosen, S. (2015). The role of vowel phonotactics in native speech segmentation. Journal of Phonetics, 49, 67-76.
  • Skoruppa, K. & Rosen, S. (2014). Phonological processing in English-learning children with hearing impairment: Compensation for place assimilation in connected speech. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 57, 1127-1134.
  • Cauvet, E., Alves Limissuri, R., Millotte, S., Skoruppa, K., Margules, S. & Christophe, A. (2014): Function words constrain on-line recognition of nouns and verbs in French 18-month-olds. Language Learning and Development, 10, 1-18.
  • Skoruppa, K., Mani, N., Plunkett, K., Cabrol, D. & Peperkamp, S. (2013): Early word recognition in sentence context: French and English 24-month-olds’ perception of sentence-medial mispronunciations and assimilations. Infancy, 18, 1007-1029.
  • Skoruppa, K., Mani, N. & Peperkamp, S. (2013). Toddlers’ processing of phonological alternations: Early compensation for assimilation in English and French. Child Development, 84, 313-330.
  • Skoruppa, K., Pons, F., Bosch, L., Christophe, A., Cabrol, D. & Peperkamp, S. (2013): The development of word stress processing in French and Spanish infants. Language Learning and Development, 9, 88-104.
  • Skoruppa, K.*, Cristià, A.*, Peperkamp, S. & Seidl, A. (2011). English-learning infants’ perception of word stress patterns. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 130, EL50-EL55.                                                 (* = joint first authors)
  • Skoruppa, K. & Peperkamp, S. (2011). Adaptation to a novel accent: Feature-based learning of context-sensitive phonological regularities. Cognitive Science, 35, 348-366.
  • Skoruppa, K., Pons, F., Christophe, A., Bosch, L., Dupoux, E., Sebastián-Gallés, N., Alves Limissuri, R. & Peperkamp, S. (2009). Language-specific stress perception by 9-month-old French and Spanish infants. Developmental Science, 12, 914-9.

Articles in peer-reviewed conference proceedings and book chapters. Please contact me if you would like a copy.

  • Skoruppa, K. ; Haid, A. & Schwob, S. (2019). National vignette: Switzerland. Dans : Law et al. (eds.). Managing Children with Developmental Language Disorder: Theory and Practice Across Europe and Beyond. Routledge.
  • Behrens, H., Madlener, K. & Skoruppa, K. (2016). The role of scaffolding in children’s questions: Implications for (preschool) language assessment from a usage-based perspective. In: Stefanowitsch, A. & Schoenefeld, D. Yearbook of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association. De Gruyter Mouton, pp. 237 – 259.
  • Skoruppa, K., Lambrechts, A. & Peperkamp, S. (2012). The role of phonetic distance in the acquisition of phonological alternations. In Lima, S.; Mullin, K. & Smith, B. (eds.). Proceedings of NELS 39, Vol. 2. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. pp. 717-729.