Developmental Psycholinguistics Lab

We study how infants and children acquire their language and how that interacts with other aspects of their cognitive development. We use a variety of behavioural tasks, including eye-tracking, to test children’s language production, perception, and comprehension. The lab houses two research groups.


Phonological and Prosodic Development Group

Our group studies how children develop the sound system of their language, focusing on prosodic patterns larger than the word. Our studies are typically cross-linguistic investigations of children’s production and perception abilities. Other main topics of research is the information pre-linguistic children use at the very beginning to break into their language (bootstrapping theories) as well as the role of a changing input in language acquisition.

Semantic and Pragmatic Development Group

Our main research question is how children learn the meanings of words and phrases in their language and how they use their language-learning abilities to think about and understand context and the intentions of others. Projects in the group include the acquisition of quantifiers and logical connectives as well as the acquisition of spatial terms and motion events and how that interacts with memory and non-linguistic cognition.

Craigie Hall D 506 (CHD 506) | Phone: 403-210-6556 | Email: dplab@ucalgary.ca  | Instagram: @devpsycholinguc