A research area within the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies
Language processing research
Language processing research encompasses language acquisition and the factors affecting speech processing in native speakers.
In first language learners, our research investigates:
- The comprehension of referring expressions
- The impact of language processing on the acquisition of adjectives
- The processing of anaphoric dependencies in non-local domains
In second language learners, our research seeks to:
- Disentangle processing effects from language representation differences
- Assess the impact of working memory on L2 speech processing and production
In native speakers, our research focuses on:
- The processing correlates of syntactic violations
- The effects of educational attainment and literacy on syntactic processing
- Speech perception (eg tempo) and phonological processing
- The role of speaker specificity on language processing
- The production and comprehension of referring expressions
- The effects of sociophonetic variation on speech processing
We are active members of the Language at Leeds research hub, and in particular of the following Language at Leeds research satellites: Language Development and Cognition.
Our research facilities include the Human Communications Lab. We also have access to EEG facilities through our collaboration with the School of Psychology.
Language at Leeds
Language at Leeds brings together professionals within the University involved in the study of language, connecting individuals and groups to support research across various disciplines. The central tenet of the centre is an interdisciplinary approach to addressing and understanding issues relating to language, linguistics and communication.