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Juhani Järvikivi
CCP Director and Professor


I do experimental psycholinguistics. I study language processing, mostly lexical and sentence/discourse comprehension, but I am interested in spoken language in general. Among other things, I am currently interested in investigating how young children and adults process reference across the life-span given the time constraints of normal conversation, and how this is modulated by affect, social cognition, and personality traits.

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Kaleigh Park
CCP Coordinator and Undergraduate Research Assistant


As CCP Coordinator, I am assisting researchers with running their studies, training new researchers, helping participants and organizing events.

As a Research Assistant, I have worked under Dr. Stephanie Archer looking at how prosody affects language processing in both infants and adults. I have also looked at how the size of objects are recalled using sound symbolism. Currently, under the supervision of Dr. Juhani Järvikivi, I am investigating the effects of extraversion on a word ratings task, as well a project which looks into how children process pronouns.

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Hannah Sysak
CCP Coordinator


As the coordinator for the CCP I am the point-person in the lab, aiding researchers with running their studies, training new researchers, helping participants, and organizing events. My personal research has looked at differences in listener processing of disfluencies. Specifically, comparing how stuttered disfluencies differ from regular disfluencies that fluent and disfluent people alike may have.

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Stephanie Archer


My research focuses on infant speech perception and the early stages of language development. I am interested in how speech affects an infant’s perceptual system and what types of information are useful in word learning.

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Anja Arnhold


I work on prosody using a laboratory phonology approach. In particular, I have been researching how different languages use prosody to express information structure. My most recent work concentrates on how prosody interacts with other areas of grammar, especially syntax, in marking contrast, topic or the distinction between focus and background.

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Herbert L. Colston
Department Chair, Professor (on sabbatical leave)


I primarily study figurative/indirect language and its use & comprehension. I am also interested in structural influences on language comprehension and function, as well as multimodality and metalinguistic interactions with language comprehension and use.

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Johanne Paradis


I study bilingual acquisition, second language acquisition and developmental language disorders in children.  I am primarily interested in children learning English as a second language from immigrant and refugee families: How these children approach native-speaker competence, the factors explaining why some individual children learn English faster than others, and the unique language profiles of English second language children with developmental disorders, such as specific language impairment and autism spectrum disorder.

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Benjamin V. Tucker


Phonetics, speech perception, spoken word recognition, psycholinguistics, laboratory phonology, field linguistics, language documentation and revitalization. I am the director of the Alberta Phonetics Laboratory.

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Liam Blything
Postdoctoral Fellow


My research focuses on developing clear articulations for the interplay of different factors that are involved in children’s and adult’s comprehension and production of sentence (or discourse) structures. To date I have identified different cognitive and language-related skills that underpin understanding for a host of sentence structures, and I also aim to understand how these may in turn reflect differences in frequency of exposure. I am currently interested in using the visual world paradigm to study the processing of reference in speech during the time constraints of normal conversation.

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Wenfu Bao
Graduate Student (MSc)


My research interests lie within psycholinguistics and language acquisition. I am interested in exploring the underlying cognitive mechanisms for language processing and acquisition in both adults and children, as well as the effects of individual differences such as linguistic experiences and social backgrounds.

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Dalia Cristerna-Roman
Graduate Student (MSc)


My research interests are in psycholinguistics and syntax. I will be working in the interpretation and processing of pronouns and implicit causality in English and Spanish first language and heritage speakers. I am also interested in syntax in Romance languages.

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Regina Hert
Graduate Student (PhD)


My research interest are in the fields of psycholinguistics, syntax and pragmatics. Specifically, I will be working further on the interpretation and production of pronouns across languages and ages. I am also interested in first and second language acquisition, as well as bilingual (multilingual) language acquisition.

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Isabell Hubert
Graduate Student (PhD)


My research focuses on the study of spoken language processing, especially when and how extra-linguistic information interacts with it. Specifically, I am currently investigating how a listener’s personality and political beliefs systematically affect automated language comprehension processes. In addition, I am helping with a project that investigates how children process pronouns in natural interaction. I am also generally interested in other psycholinguistic research questions, yes, even speech production occasionally), natural language processing, and corpus linguistics.

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Yoichi Mukai
Graduate Student (PhD)


My research interests lie in psycholinguistics, phonetics, and second language speech. I am currently investigating what pupillometry, measured during a lexical decision task, can contribute to the advancement of lexical processing research. More specifically, employing both visual and auditory modalities, I am examining the time-course of the processing of pseudo complex words (Opaque words: e.g., corner), as compared to transparent complex words (Transparent words: e.g., cleaner) and monomorphemic words with an embedded stem (Form words: e.g., turnip).

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Brian Rusk
Graduate Student (PhD)


I study child second language acquisition. My aim is to identify factors that benefit acquisition, and consequently what these may tell us about mechanisms of language acquisition in general. I am interested in comparing learners whose language exposure is limited to the classroom with those who also have exposure in the community. I’ll be working with Taiwanese children learning English in immersion classrooms.

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