Institutions, Centers and Labs

Language Development Lab

What kinds of linguistic knowledge do adult speakers possess? How do baby learners come to acquire complicated linguistic systems? Among various types of linguistic knowledge, our group focuses mostly on sound systems of languages, phonology. Language learners figure out sound contrasts (p vs. b), well-formed structures of sound sequences (blick vs. bnick), as well as  the system of sound alternations in different contexts (cat[s] vs. dog[z]). Our group approaches issues in phonological acquisition, by employing behavioral experiments and computational modeling with human subjects of all ages (from infants to adults).

Youngah Do, Director