Linguistic Research

The Department of Linguistics houses facilities for researchers and teachers 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 equipment and 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.

Business hours: By appointment

Technician : Maurice Bélanger (Tel : 613-562-5800 ext. 1121 Email :

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.

Director: Jeff Mielke (SMD333A)

Centre for Child Language Research

At the CCLR, Prof Zamuner and her students explore the early comprehension and production of language. Their research aims to further our understanding of child's language development, while investigating parallel issues in adult language processing. The lab provides training for undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, working towards enthusiasm for outstanding research, critical thinking and collaboration.

The Centre is equipped with an Eyelink 1000, remote eyetracking system, which provides precise, on-line measurements of language processing. The Centre also has video and audio equipment, for data collection and analysis of children's language development.

Director: Tania Zamuner (Simard 333D)

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.

Director: Laura Sabourin (Arts 439)

Sociolinguistics Laboratory (ART403)

The Sociolinguistics Laboratory is devoted to 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 tapes, and associated transcripts and concordances. Visit us at ART 402 and!

Director: Shana Poplack (Arts 422), X1764, Research coordinator: Nathalie Dion (Arts 403), X1184, Hours: 10 – 5 most days, or by appointment.