Wolfram Hinzen

Wolfram Hinzen

Universitat Pompeu Fabra


I obtained a Magister (Freiburg, 1993), an MA (King's College London, 1994), and a PhD (philosophy, Bern, 1996), before becoming a Swiss-government funded postdoctoral researcher in Stuttgart (1996-7) and New York (1997-9). I was first employed in an academic position as Assistant Professor in Regensburg (1999), then as Lecturer at the Universitat van Amsterdam (2003-2006), before becoming a full professor at Durham University (2006-2014) and an ICREA Research Professor in Barcelona in April 2013. I also was a guest professor at Hong Kong University (2010) and at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (2011).

Research interests

I study the structural organization and cognitive function of language in the human mind/brain. My current research largely focuses on how major mental disorders illuminate this issue. The theoretical basis of this research is laid down in a series of monographs (Mind Design, 2006), An Essay on Names and Truth, 2007), and The Philosophy of Universal Grammar, 2013), all from Oxford University Press. In Barcelona I have founded and direct the Grammar & Cognition lab (https://www.upf.edu/web/grac), which pursues the project of a typology of linguistic diversity across clinical populations, using a range of methods from behavioural linguistic analysis to MRI to EEG to machine learning.The mental disorders my group studies was psychosis at first, after which we included autism, dementia, aphasia, and syndromic developmental disorders. I have previously directed three international projects (NWO, 2006-2011; AHRC/DFG, 2009-2012; AHRC, 2014-2017), and three Spanish national ones.

Selected publications

- Hinzen W & Wiltschko M 2023, 'The grammar of truth', Inquiry-an Interdisciplinary Journal Of Philosophy, 66, 3, 299 - 331.
- Zhang H, Parola A, Zhou Y, H. Wang, V. Bliksted, R. Fusaroli, W. Hinzen 2023, 'Linguistic markers of psychosis in Mandarin Chinese: Relations to theory of mind', Psychiatry Research, 325, 115253.
- He R, Chapin K, Al-Tamimi J, et al. 2023, 'Automated Classification of Cognitive Decline and Probable Alzheimer’s Dementia Across Multiple Speech and Language Domains', American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 32, 5, 2075-2086.
- Palominos-Flores C, Figueroa-Barra A & Hinzen W 2023. 'Coreference delays in psychotic discourse: widening the temporal window'. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 22;49(Suppl_2):S153-S162.
- Slušná D, Kohli JS, Hau J, Álvarez-Linera Prado J, Linke AC & Hinzen W 2023, 'Functional dysregulation of the auditory cortex in bilateral perisylvian polymicrogyria: Multiparametric case analysis of the absent speech phenotype', Cortex, 171, 423-434.
- He R, Yuan X & Hinzen W 2023, 'Episodic thinking in Alzheimer’s disease through the lens of language: Linguistic analysis and transformer-based classification', American journal of speech-language pathology, 1–9.
- Schroeder K, Rosselló J, Torrades TR & Hinzen W 2023, 'Linguistic markers of autism spectrum conditions in narratives: A comprehensive analysis', Autism & Developmental Language Impairments, 8:15.
- Lofgren M & Hinzen W 2023, 'Breaking the flow of thought: Increase of empty pauses in the connected speech of people with mild and moderate Alzheimer's disease', Journal Of Communication Disorders, 101, 106299.

Selected research activities

PI on the grant ‘A TRUSTworthy speech-based AI monitorING system for the prediction of relapse in individuals with schizophrenia’, acronym TRUSTING. HORIZON-HLTH-2022-STAYHLTH-01-two-stage. Funding volume: ca. 8.600.000 EUR, 2023-2029, https://trusting-project.eu/.