Lab for Applied Language Science


The Lab for Applied Language Science (LALS) is open for anybody who is interested in language development and language use. We aim to offer opportunities for novel interdisciplinary collaborations among linguists, language teachers, psychologists, speech pathologists, social scientists, educational tool developers, speech engineers, etc. and to provide training for researchers and students who wish to develop skills in experimental approaches to language science.

LALS conducts psycholinguistic research on:

  • First language development in young and school-age children
  • Language processing in adolescents, young, middle-age and aging adults
  • Second/Foreign language acquisition in children and adults
  • Language development and processing in clinical populations

The above missions motivate research studies such as:

  • Speech perception and/or sentence processing in children, adults and individuals with clinical conditions (e.g., developmental disorder, hearing impairment, dementia, etc.)
  • Grammatical development in school-age children and children with developmental disorders
  • Effect of specific types of training on second/foreign language processing
  • Individuals’ cognitive abilities and their language processing skills

The application goals of these research include (but are not limited to):

  • Construction of language skill database for school-age children
  • Evaluations of interventions for communication development
  • Comparative assessments of foreign language pedagogies
  • Development of age- and condition-specific communication tools

LALS is open to:

  • Researchers who want to test their scientific hypotheses in the areas related to language and language use
  • Students who want to learn experimental methods in language science
  • Educators and clinicians who wish to obtain empirical data on the language skills of specific populations
  • Those who plan to develop language education/assessment/training materials based on empirical evidence for efficacy
  • Developers of condition-specific communication tools

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Associate Professor Kiwako Ito

Associate Professor of Linguistics, Director of LALS
School of Humanities and Social Science

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Sarah Giffen

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Humanities and Social Sciences

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Thomas Narraway

Technical Research Assistant
PhD candidate in Cognitive Psychology

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Chelsea Harris

Chelsea Harris

2020 FEDUA Undergraduate Intern
Linguistics Major
Alex Cowan

Alex Cowan

Honors Student Research Assistant
Linguistics Major
Suzan Makhloof

Suzan Makhloof

PhD Student

Project Collaborators

Project Title: Individuals’ memory and their ability to process grammar: A comparative eye-tracking study

Associate Professor Kylie Shaw

Associate Professor of Education
School of Education, The University of Newcastle

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Dr Traci Flynn

Senior Lecturer in Speech Pathology
School of Humanities and Social Science, The University of Newcastle

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Associate Professor Chie Nakamura

Associate Professor in English Language Education in Science and Engineering
Waseda University, Tokyo

Global Center for Science and Engineering

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Dr. Jongmin Jung

Dr. Jongmin Jung

Post-doctoral researcher
Hallyum University, South Korea

Bethany Frick

PhD student
Clinical Fellow - Speech Language Pathology at Haugland Therapy Services
The Ohio State University

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