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Juhani Järvikivi
CCP Director and Professor (on sabbatical leave)


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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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
Professor and Interim Director


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, and Interim Director


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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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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Figen Karaca
Graduate Student (MSc)


My research focuses on online language processing of adult heritage language speakers. In specific, I am interested in finding out how monolingual and heritage speakers of Turkish process evidentiality in dialogues, and contribution of evidentiality information to the overall discourse model.

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Kaidi Lõo
Graduate Student (PhD)


I study morphological processing. I am interested in the factors that affect the comprehension and production of Estonian case-inflected nouns, in the time-course of these processes, and in the role of individual differences in lexical processing. I combine multiple experimental methods (e.g., lexical decision, word naming, pupillometry) with computational modeling.

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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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Abigail Toth
Graduate Student (MSc)


My primary research interest is the online language processing of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Currently I am investigating how children both with and without ASD comprehend reference in a naturalistic setting, and how individual differences in executive functioning affect the ability to integrate referring expressions with the visual scene in real time.

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Victoria Fitzner
Undergraduate Research Assistant


I work as a research assistant in the CCP. Currently, my main job is assisting on an experiment that examines children’s language processing as they listen to a conversation. As an Honors student, my personal research addresses how listener stereotyping affects language processing, specifically in regards to accented speech and gender in pronoun resolution.

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Hayley Watt
Undergraduate Research Assistant


I am in the process of finishing my undergraduate degree, and am planning to enrol in the Speech Language Pathology program next year. I work as a research assistant in the CCP helping out in any way I can. Currently, we are working on an experiment that examines children’s language processing as they listen to a conversation.