Language Acquisition and Language Processing Lab

Language Acquisition and Language Processing Lab

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In the Language Acquisition and Language Processing Lab we investigate the cognitive and neural underpinnings of language competence and use, how they change in the course of language development and throughout the lifespan, and how they are modulated, affected or compromised by developmental and other deficits.

The Lab is primarily dedicated to basic experimental research. Our goal is to find out how humans develop their abilities to understand and reflect on the world around them and to communicate about it with others. Closely related are the questions of what young children know about language and the world. How do they think? How do they learn to use language?

We also develop resources for researchers and practitioners interested in studying and assessing language skills in educational and clinical settings.

Current and recent projects include the Horizon 2020 e-LADDASellSTEM, EDULANG, DCOMM, the COST Action IS1406 'Enhancing children's oral language skills across Europe and beyond - a collaboration focusing on interventions for children with difficulties learning their first language', and NFR project 'Origins of Semantic Composition in Early Cognitive Development' (2016-2020),

Our lab equipment is available for loan. Please contact Lab director Mila Vulchanova for more information on prices and conditions.

Supervision capacity

Supervision capacity

The Lab’s Principal Investigators offer supervision of graduate (MA and MPhil) and post-graduate (PhD) projects in the areas below. Co-supervision is often arranged between the Lab’s PIs and involving external collaborators at NTNU, in Norway and internationally.

  • Cognitive foundations of early language acquisition: statistical learning and semantic processes 
  • Language and developmental disorders: autism, developmental language disorder
  • Literacy, reading acquisition, and reading disorders: reading comprehension problems on the autism spectrum, reading impairment (dyslexia)
  • Developmental and computational constraints on natural and artificial grammar learning
  • Language and perception, with a focus on the encoding of motion and spatial relations
  • Language processing, in particular the neural signatures of syntactic and semantic composition
  • Language processing, reasoning, and verification: quantifiers, logical connectives, tense and aspect
  • Language and music evolution via signaling games: experimental and computational perspectives
  • Language competence across the life-span
  • Language competence across languages: language acquisition and language attrition

Our projects:

Our projects:

Project box 2 - COST

Project box SellSTEM

Project box 6 - EDULANG

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