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Department of Linguistics

Child Language Lab

The Child Language Lab studies the process of early child language acquisition, focusing especially on phonology and morpho-syntax. This includes studies of children acquiring Australian English as their native language as well children being raised bilingually, early child second language acquisition, children with hearing loss,  and children with language delay (SLI). 

Lab Director, Distinguished Professor Katherine Demuth

KD Distinguished Professor

Congratulations to lab director, Katherine Demuth, who has been recognised with the award of Distinguished Professor, the highest academic honour Macquarie University can bestow on a member of the academic community. Katherine Demuth is a Professor in Linguistics, a Chief Investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Cognition and its Disorders (CCD), and a member of the Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS).  

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Ongoing research projects headed by Professor Katherine Demuth.

Child Lab

Abstracts, papers, chapters, and other documents.

CLL Publications

Twice-monthly digital audio/video recordings of hour-long mother-child spontaneous speech interactions.

CLL Lab Members Sep 2014

Meet our diverse group of academics and researchers.


Contact us

General enquiries
p: +61 2 9850 2917
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Participate in Research

Research Opportunities 

Postdocs and PhD, MRes or Honours students
Email: Katherine Demuth (Lab Director) 

Undergraduates interested in gaining research experience
Email: Katherine Revius (Lab Coordinator)

Recent News 

PhD candidate Kiri Mealings discusses her initial findings on open-plan classroom research. Click image to read more!

Kiri Mealings Child Language Lab