The acquisition of language is one of the most mysterious and exciting achievements of early childhood. The focus of research in our Centre is to describe the events in infancy that prepare the child for this remarkable event, and to attempt to explain the developmental mechanisms that make it possible.
We take an interdisciplinary approach using both behavioural and neuroimaging (or electrophysiological) techniques, focussing on the period from birth to the end of the second year of life. The developmental work is complemented by studies with adults.
What kinds of speech processing abilities are young infants born with? And how do these initial abilities interact with parenting style and the language spoken to children to allow infants eventually to learn words? What is the influence of bi- and multilingual input on this remarkable journey into language use? These are just some of the questions we address in our Centre.
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