Language Acquisition Research Laboratory

The research carried out in the Language Acquisition Research Laboratory includes the study of first, second and third language acquisition, as well as bilingualism in typically and atypically developing populations, code-switching, translanguaging, language contact, heritage and immigrant language, and the acquisition of artificial language. The lab has an interdisciplinary focus – combining linguistics with developmental and cognitive psychology – and joint and individual projects include spontaneous and experimental data and make use of a variety of online and offline methodologies.

Recent and ongoing research includes studies on:

  • The representation and processing of language in the bilingual mind
  • Intrasentential code-switching
  • Bilingualism in typically and atypically developing populations
  • Spanish-Guajiro and Spanish-Uwa language contact
  • The Spanish of Belize
  • The relationship between language development, diachronic change and the emergence of Creole languages
  • The acquisition of Spanish, English and French from formal and psycholinguistic perspectives
  • L1, L2 and L3 acquisition of Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish (among others)
  • Spanish or English as Immigrant and Heritage languages

The Language Acquisition Research Laboratory collaborates with researchers from other departments at the University of Ottawa as well as other universities in Canada and around the world. The members meet on a regular basis to discuss collaborative and individual projects, to assess progress made and to program activities.

How to reach us

MHN 253
Telephone: 613-562-5800, ext. 1781

Juana M. Liceras
Language Acquisition Research Laboratory Director
MHN 217
Telephone: 613-562-5800, ext. 3742

Elena Valenzuela
Language Acquisition Research Laboratory Co-Director
MHN 221
Telephone: 613-562-5800, ext. 3743

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