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Research

At the Centre for Child Language Research, we use a variety of methodologies to examine early speech perception and production. We also study parallel issues in adult language processing. The CCLR conducts research in psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics. We provide state-of-the-art training for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows, and aim to provide a forum for cutting-edge research and critical thinking in a supportive and collaborative environment.

Our psycholinguistic research focuses on speech perception and production in children and adults. The CCLR is equipped with an EyeLink 1000 remote eyetracking system, which is suitable for a range of experimental studies, such as the visual world paradigm and on-line reading paradigms. The eyetracker is housed in a sound-proof booth containing other video and audio equipment. For more information on the EL 1000 and other eyetracking equipment, visit SR Research.

The sociolinguistic research on language acquisition we pursue uses a variationist framework to explore patterns of linguistic variability and change in mid-to-late childhood. The CCLR houses an extensive collection of natural language data from children aged 4 to 12 and adults. These speech corpora are rich resources that can be mined for student research projects on language variation and change.

 

The eyetracker in action