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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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Lauren Rudat
CCP Coordinator


As the coordinator for the CCP I ensure that all of the researchers have what they need to complete their research. I am involved at many levels of the research process, including recruitment, consent, running participants, and some pre-processing of data for several different projects. My own previous research has looked at prosody as a mechanism for learning the hierarchical structure of syntax. I am currently interested in the broader nature of language acquisition, particularly in how heritage language competence is related to success in second language acquisition for adults.

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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 and Professor


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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Vincent Porretta
Postdoctoral Fellow


I primarily study spoken language processing. I’m particularly interested in how lexical and sentential comprehension is influenced by variability in both in the speech stream (e.g., foreign-accent), but also in listeners (e.g., linguistic experience, personality traits, L2 proficiency, etc.).

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Graham Feeny
Graduate Student (MSc)


My research interests lie in psycholinguistics, speech technology, and data science. I am particularly interested in the role that emotion plays in speech perception processes, the role of attention in emotion processing, and the interaction/interference between perceptual processes in different modalities (i.e. visual and auditory modes).

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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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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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Caelan Marrville
Graduate Student (PhD)


The focus of my research is on the perception of gender, inference processing and the effects of emotion on language comprehension. I am currently investigating the emotional dominance of verbs and the perception of character gender through both experimental and corpus-based approaches.

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Keely Morrow
Graduate Student (MSc)


My main areas of interest are dialogue and reference, as well as the effects of age and social context on language (use & comprehension). My current research looks at alignment and discourse models in dialogue.

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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 Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) language processing. Currently I am investigating how children with ASD process pronouns in a natural interaction.

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