Language Acquisition and Language Processing Lab


Deictic Communication

Deictic communication is fundamental to understanding communication in both typical and atypical populations, and forms the key connection between language and objects/locations in the world. It is therefore critical to understanding human-human interaction, and human-system interaction in a range of technology applications — from mobile phones to intelligent robotics — and to the enhancement of clinical and educational interventions with typical and atypical populations.

The main goal of the DCOMM ETN is to train the next generation of scientists in the full range of multidisciplinary and cross-sectorial methods necessary to make significant progress in understanding deictic communication, with direct synergies between basic research and application.

Training and research are structured around two interdisciplinary research themes — Understanding Deictic Communication and Deictic Communication in Application — both involving extensive and systematic co-supervision and collaboration across sites with key interplay between academic and non-academic beneficiaries and partners. In turn, we expect that a range of applications will be enhanced with increased usability, with associated societal and economic benefit.

The training of the cohort of ESR fellows is based on innovative PhD training approaches, providing not only training in interdisciplinary methods, but also employing peer-assisted methods and the latest in educational innovation.