doc. PhDr. Filip Smolík, Ph.D., DSc.

doc. PhDr. Filip Smolík, Ph.D., DSc.

Institute of Psychology
The Czech Academy of Sciences
Pod Vodárenskou věží 1143/4, 182 00 Prague 8
Phone: +420 266 053 849


I am a developmental psycholinguist working on a range of topics but with a special interest in the development of grammatical knowledge and early use of grammar in comprehension. I work using experimental methods (preferential looking, eyetracking) as well as language sample analyses. I am starting to work with EEG/ERP and fNIRS as well.

My main areas include:

  • early knowledge and comprehension of grammatical case, gender and number, their morphological marking and their interaction with word order
  • effects of word imageability and other word-level variables at the acquisition of lexicon, morphological marking and the use of words in syntactic structures; including the effects of these factors in adults
  • relations between social understanding, false belief, and person reference in language (pronouns, person inflections)
  • grammatical markers of language impairment (esp. in Czech), relations between language knowledge and working memory (esp. in the stentence imitation task)
  • development of assessment tools (CDI, original tests)

Representative publications

(see also the complete publications list)

  • Articles

Smolík, F., & Filip, M. (2022). Corpus-based age of word acquisition: Does it support the validity of adult age-of-acquisition ratings?. Plos one, 17(5), e0268504

Smolík, F., Chromá, A. (2022). About me, you and her: Personal pronouns are developmentally preceded by mental state language. Journal of Child Language, 1-18. doi:10.1017/S030500092100091X 

Smolík, F., Bláhová, V. (2022). Here come the nouns: Czech two-year-olds use verb number endings to predict sentence subjects. Cognition 219, 104964.

Smolík, F., & Bytešníková, I. (2021). Validity of the SDDS: A 40-item vocabulary screening tool for 18-to 42-month olds in Czech. Journal of Communication Disorders, 93, 106146.

Smolík, F., & Matiasovitsová, K. (2021). Sentence imitation with masked morphemes in Czech: Memory, morpheme frequency, and morphological richness. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 64(1), 105-120.

Paillereau, N., Podlipský, V.J., Smolík, F., Šimáčková, Š., & Chládková, K. (2021). The development of infants’ sensitivity to native versus non-native rhythm. Infancy, 26(3), 423-441.

Smolík, F. (2019). Imageability and neighborhood density facilitate the age of word acquisition in czech. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 62(5), 1403-1415.

Smolík, F., & Bláhová, V. (2019). Czech 23-month-olds use gender agreement to anticipate upcoming nouns. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 178, 251-265.

Smolík, F. (2015). Word order and information structure in Czech 3-and 4-year-olds' comprehension. First Language, 35, 237-253.

Smolík, F., Vávrů, P. (2014). Sentence imitation as a marker of SLI in Czech: disproportionate impairment of verbs and clitics. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing research, 57, 837-849

Smolík, F. (2014). Noun imageability facilitates the acquisition of plurals: survival analysis of plural emergence in children. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 43, 335-350.

Marková, G., Smolík, F. (2014). What do you think? The relationship between person reference and communication about the mind in toddlers. Social Development, 23, 61-79.

  • Diagnostic methods

Smolík, F., Bláhová, V., Bartoš, F. (2019). Receptivní slovník & Opakování vět [Receptive vocabulary & Sentence repetition]. Praha: Národní ústav pro vzdělávání.

Smolík, F., Turková, J., Malechová, V., Votavová, K. (2018). Dotazník vývoje komunikace DoVyKo 2. [Communicative development inventory DoVyKo 2. The Czech adaptation of MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventories: Words and Senntences]. Praha, Czech Republic: Faculty of Arts, Charles University.


2001-2006 Child Language Program, University of Kansas v Lawrence, KS, USA. PhD. awarded 2006. Dissertation Grammar sensitivity in children: syntactic priming and error detection. Advisor: Mabel Rice. Committee: Susan Kemper, Vicky Peyton, Holly Storkel, Mike Vitevitch.
2000 PhDr. ("small doctorate"), rigorous exam in General Psychology, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague.
1994-1999 Studies in Psychology program, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague, concentration in theory and research. Thesis Psychologické aspekty osvojování jazyka (Psychological aspects of language acquistion).
1993-1994 Studies in Psychology program, Faculty of Arts, Palacky University, Olomouc.

Professional experience

2002-2006 Graduate research assistant, Language acquisition studies lab, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA.
1996-present Institute of Psychology, Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic. Prague branch. Initialy research assistant, currently postdoc.

Research assistant, Laboratory of psychometric studies, Psychiatric center Prague.Participated in the development of the Prague newborn behavior description method.