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Lindsay Griener
CCP Coordinator


I’m the point person for the lab – you’ll hear from me if you call or email, and I help organize the facilities, equipment, and our Ling 375 course.  I did my undergrad here ages ago, and my research focused on locative constructions in Cree.

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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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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


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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Isabell Hubert Lyall
Postdoctoral Fellow


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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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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Vera Fiawornu
Graduate Student (MSc)


My research interests are in psycholinguistics and discourse studies. In a broader sense, I will be working on political worldview, gender and language processing. I am also interested in accented speech, in terms of non-native speakers of a language, and language processing.

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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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Veranika Puhacheuskaya
Graduate Student (PhD)


My major interests are in the fields of psycho- and neurolinguistics. Broadly speaking, I am interested in how and when cognitive systems that support language interact with other systems, such as those that support social cognition, moral valuation, affect, and the like. I will work on non-linguistic factors that influence spoken language anticipation, focusing on sociopolitical attitudes and implicit stereotypes. My other topics of interest include language-mediated visual attention, mental lexicon, and bilingualism.

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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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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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Stephanie Hammond-Thrasher
Undergraduate Student (Honours)


I am completing my Honours Thesis looking at how we process gender stereotypes when they are produced by synthesized voices. I am also interested in individual differences in political views, personality, and language background, and how these factors influence online language processing.

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