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  • 18 Oct

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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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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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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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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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Elizabeth Ellehoj
Undergraduate Research Assistant


As a research assistant I have helped with an experiment involving production and perception of cleft sentences. This term I will be creating a research project analyzing how German-speakers resolve ambiguous pronouns, based on prosodic cues.

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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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Allison Mock
Undergraduate Research Assistant


I am currently conducting an Individual Research Project under the supervision of Dr. Stephanie Archer on Sound Symbolism as a part of my undergraduate degree. Currently I am looking at the “bouba/kiki effect” which looks at the relationship between the visual shape of objects and auditory stimuli among adults, and anticipate testing this phenomenon among children and infants in the future. Some other areas of interest I have include bilingualism, accented speech, child language acquisition and perception, and language processing differences between typical developing (TD) children and those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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Liana Oh
Undergraduate Research Assistant


I am in my third year of my undergrad degree, majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Psychology. I am currently involved in Figurative Language experiments under the direction of Dr. Herbert Colston. We are looking into emotional responses to Figurative Language, and what affects these responses.

I have also been helping out where I can in the CCP lab. I hope to enroll in a Speech Language Pathology program when I graduate.

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Kaleigh Park
Undergraduate Research Assistant


I am currently working under Dr. Stephanie Archer. My involvement in the CCP has allowed me to work with prosody in adult directed speech and child directed speech. My most recent research encompasses prosody and sound symbolism in adults, which I hope to extend to include children.

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Brooklyn Ryan
Undergraduate Research Assistant


As an undergraduate research assistant I have been involved in a variety of ongoing experiments in the CCP. Currently, I am working on a research project that examines how native English speakers process idioms (e.g. “kick the bucket”) when listening to accented speech.

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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.