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The department currently houses 6 research/teaching laboratories. The Phonetics and Psycholinguistics Laboratory, established in 1999, focuses on acoustic, aerodynamic, and perceptual measurements for the experimental study of speech and language, including its production, perception, and acquisition. The Second Language Acquisition Laboratory, established in 2005, explores the nature of acquisition and processing in adult second language learners, using interpretation, self-paced reading, and speeded grammaticality judgment tasks. Established in 2005, the Mayan Language Acquisition Laboratory archives video and audio recordings of children acquiring four Mayan languages: Ch’ol, Mam, K’iche’ and Q’anjob’al. The Neurolinguistics and Language Processing Laboratory, founded in 2006, investigates the cortical representation of language and uses auditory ERP (event-related potentials) as well as lexical decision and priming paradigms. The Developmental Psycholinguistics Laboratory (2009) investigates how preschool-age children acquire and use the knowledge of meaning in their first language, utilizing linguistic comprehension tasks and the visual-world eye tracking paradigm. Our most recent addition, the Second Language Processing and Eye-tracking Lab (2012) explores how non-native speakers process phonetic, phonological, and morphosyntactic aspects of a second/foreign language. These 6 labs employ a vast array of methods for the collection and analysis of a wide range of linguistic data.


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