Laboratories

The Department houses cinq specialized cutting-edge research laboratories, as well as the Linguistics Research Laboratory, a general research laboratory whose facilities are available to all professors and students in support of their teaching and research.

In addition to these, professors and graduate students may benefit from the three laboratories directed by professors who are cross-appointed with the Linguistics department. 


Sound Patterns Laboratory

In the Sound Patterns Laboratory (funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation), we use various phonetic techniques to study speech production and perception, to increase our understanding of the sound patterns, and more generally, the role that phonetic and other factors play in shaping the sound systems of languages. The SPL houses a sound-proof booth, ultrasound and electropalatography equipment for visualizing and recording tongue movement, equipment for measuring oral and nasal airflow, and an electroglottograph for recording vocal fold activity. The lab also contains audio and video recording equipment and several Mac-, Windows- and Linux-based computers for data analysis and perception and production experiments. The research conducted in the laboratory not only bears on English, French, but also on any other language of interest to researchers and students.

Simard 333A

Director: Marc Brunelle (Arts 429)


Centre for Child Language Research 

The CCLR pursues research in psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics. Psycholinguistic research on language processing focuses on speech perception and production in children and adults. Sociolinguistic research on language acquisition uses a variationist framework to explore patterns of linguistic variability and change in mid to late childhood. We provide state-of-the-art training for undergraduate, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and aim to provide a forum for cutting-edge research and critical thinking in a supportive and collaborative environment.

The Centre is equipped with an Eyelink 1000, remote eyetracking system, which provides a precise, on-line measure of language processing, and is suitable for a range of experimental studies, such as the visual world paradigm and on-line reading paradigms. The Centre houses a sound-proof booth, video and audio equipment, and several workstations for data collection and analysis. The CCLR also houses an extensive collection of natural language data from children aged 4 to 12 and adults. These speech corpora are rich resources that can be mined for student research projects on language variation and change. 

Simard 333H

Directors: Tania Zamuner (Arts 416) and Stephen Levey (Arts 418)


Brain and Language Laboratory (BALL)

The focus of the research conducted in the BALL is to investigate all aspects of online language processing. To undertake this issue the laboratory facilities include three behavioural/RT testing rooms and one ERP equipped testing room. In addition there are workstations available for data analysis and stimuli/experiment preparation. Some of the programs that are available are DMDX, Presentation, PsyScope, MatLAB, NeuroScan, PRAAT, Data Desk and SPSS.

Arts 408

Director: Laura Sabourin (Arts 439)


Sociolinguistics Laboratory

The Sociolinguistics Laboratory was created in 1982 to further the study of spontaneous speech in its social context, with special emphasis on the mechanisms of language change, both internal and contact-induced. In addition to a major focus on the structure and use of Canada's official languages, as well as the interaction between them in Quebec and Ontario, other bilingual and bi-dialectal contexts investigated at the Lab include Tamil/English, Fongbe/French, Wolof/French, Ukrainian/English, Igbo/English, Nigerian Pidgin English, Finnish/English and African American English in the diaspora. Holdings include thousands of hours of audio recordings, and associated transcripts and concordances.

Arts 402-406 

Director: Shana Poplack (Arts 422), ext. 1764, spoplack@uottawa.ca

Research coordinator: Nathalie Dion (Arts 403),  ext. 1184 ndio2@uottawa.ca 


Syntax-Semantics Laboratory

The Syntax–Semantics Lab is a collection of students and faculty members at the University of Ottawa, dedicated to research into all aspects of natural language syntax and semantics. We work on a wide variety of languages, including various Romance and Germanic languages (both present-day and historical varieties), Slavic languages, Ojibwe, and Mebengokre, and on topics ranging from word structure and phrase structure to formal and cognitive semantics. A list of regular participants and their interests is here.

The group meets approximately every two weeks during the semester, to exchange ideas, present original research, prepare for conferences, and discuss recent papers. You can find plans for upcoming meetings here, and a list of past meetings here.

Arts 415

If you have any questions, or would like to be involved, don’t hesitate to contact one of our coordinators, Saleh AlQahtaniPaul Melchin, or Tharanga Weerasoriya.


Linguistic Research Laboratory

The Department of Linguistics houses facilities for researchers and professors in the department. Equipment for recording, acoustic analysis, articulatory analysis, perceptual study and class demonstration is available. Recording equipment includes two sound-treated studios, as well as equipment for analogue and digital sound recording. Portable equipment is available for fieldwork. Both PC and Macintosh computing environments are available for data analysis, stimulus presentation and data acquisition (with licenses for state-of-the­-art software). Software and hardware as well as demonstration equipment are available to create pedagogical materials. Other equipment includes CD burners and a scanner. There are a number of workstations in several rooms, allowing simultaneous and independent work.

Facilities are available to department professors and students for research or class demonstration purposes. The technical officer is available to help with research or pedagogical technical matters.

Simard 333

Technician: Maurice Bélanger (Tel: 613-562-5800, ext. 1121, Email: labling@uottawa.ca)

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