The research interests of Lab members focus on how the developing brain learns spoken and written language. Much of our research consists of cross-linguistic investigations of normal and impaired reading acquisition based on topics such as: meta-linguistic awareness (phonology; derivational morphology), orthographic coding, bilingual/second language acquisition and dialect.
Our external collaborators for this work are:
One recent application of our research has been the design of a language measure suitable for identifying the early communication difficulties associated with social disadvantage. The observational language measure for use by early years practitioners is called e-LIPS, which stands for Early Language in Preschool Settings. The project has been a partnership with Fife Education and Learning Service.
We are also part of the Transforming Childhoods
research network at the University of Dundee.