Child Language Development

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Child Language Development

Child Language Development is an umbrella term covering several ongoing research projects, with focus on how human beings acquire spoken and/or signed languages.

The child language acquisition research competence at the Department encompasses different research approaches to child language acquisition as well as different theoretical and methodological aspects. This creates a unique knowledge centre to which the successful doctoral candidate is expected to contribute actively. The research group aims to describe how children acquire language in interaction with the environment. Which modalities are used? How are these used? Can we model the process? Current research questions are on multimodal parent-child communication, features of child-directed speech, and the relationship between perception and production. Other research questions involve Child Sign Language, current focus is the early gestual development in children with sign language as fist language. The Department’s Phonetic Laboratory considers a broad range of perspectives on child language acquisition and is equipped with facilities for EEG-measurement, eye-tracking measurement, tracking of articulatory movements and audio and video recordings.



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