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Department of Linguistics

Child Language Lab Members

Professor Katherine DemuthKatherine Demuth is a Professor in Linguistics and at the Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS) at Macquarie University, and a Director of the Child Language Lab. She is also a member of the Centre of Excellence for Cognition and its Disorders (CCD). Demuth's research focuses on Language Acquisition, including studies of both perception and production. She is especially interested in the development of phonological, morphological and syntactic representations, in both typically developing and language-impaired children and L2 learners. Much of her work is crosslinguistic, using insights from the structure of different languages to better understand the mechanisms underlying the process of language acquisition. She was awarded an ARC Laureate Fellowship 2013 award ($2.8 million) for research on child language acquisition, one of 17 awards for science in Australia. 

Professor Demuth is currently recruiting Ph.D. students and postdocs with a strong quantitative and experimental phonetics background. 

titiaTitia Benders is a Lecturer in Linguistics and Deputy-Director of the Child Language Lab at Macquarie University. She is also a member of the Macquarie University Phonetics Lab, the Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS) and the Centre of Excellence for Cognition and its Disorders (CCD). Benders investigates developing phonological representations at the interface between perception, production, and input. Her main interest is in language acquisition by children between 6 months and 6 years of age, who acquire one or more languages, without or with hearing loss. A second line of research concerns the linguistic and emotional properties of infant-directed speech by parents (i.e., both mothers and fathers). Benders' work has a strong methodological angle, employing techniques from phonetics, developmental and mathematical psychology, as well as recent statistical insights.

Dr. Benders is interested in receiving enquiries from students who want to join the Child Language Lab (or the Phonetics Lab) as a volunteer or to pursue a Master of Research or Ph.D.

Lab members

Felicity Cox

A Prof Felicity Cox 
Associate Professor Phonetics/phonology

Dr Michael Proctor

Dr Michael Proctor
Senior Lecturer
Speech production and perception, phonology

Ivan Yuen

Dr Ivan Yuen 
Postdoctoral Research Fellow Perception/production link, tone & intonation

Dr Nan Xu

Dr Nan Xu
Postdoctoral Research Fellow 
Infant language development

Carmen Kung

Carmen Kung
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Speech production & comprehension, EEG

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Laurence Bruggeman
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Speech comprehension, L1 & L2, Eyetracking

Sithembinkosi

Sithembinkosi Dube
Research Officer
Speech perception & processing, L1 & L2, EEG

Ping Tang PhD candidate

Ping Tang
PhD candidate
Phonetics, prosody, acquisition of tones

Ben Davies

Ben Davies
PhD candidate
Language acquisition, phonetics & phonology

Chi Lo

Chi Yhun Lo
PhD candidate
Music, auditory training, speech perception

Rebecca Holt

Rebecca Holt
PhD candidate
Language acquisition

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Julien Millasseau
PhD candidate
Speech perception/production, phonology

Nyaradzai Marunda

Nyaradzai Marunda
Lab Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

Alumni

Tamara

Tamara Schembri
PhD candidate
Phonology, language models

nay san

Nay San
MRes candidate
Psycholinguistics, language acquisition, perception/production

alumni

Fabia Andronos
Research Assistant

Qandeel Hussain

Qandeel Hussain
PhD candidate
Phonology, loanword incorporation

pragati

Pragati Mandikal Vasuki
PhD candidate
Auditory processing, speech in noise, EEG

sujal

Sujal Pokharel
MRes candidate
Language acquisition, speech perception and production

hui

Hui Chen
PhD candidate
First language acquisition, phonetics and phonology

amy

Amy Hanna
Research Assistant

Katherine

Katherine Revius
Lab Coordinator (2014-2016)

Elaine Schmidt

Dr Elaine Schmidt
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Bilingual acquisition, phonetics/phonology

simon

Simon Gonzalez
PhD candidate
English phonology, world phonological systems

Gretal

Gretel Macdonald
MRes candidate
Psycholinguistics, language acquisition

Kiri Mealings

Kiri Mealings
PhD candidate
Classroom acoustics, speech perception & production

David Rosson

David Rosson
Research Assistant
Language acquisition, speech perception and production

Amy German

Amy German
Research Assistant
Language acquisition, bilingualism, perception/production

Alyssa Dyball

Alyssa Dyball
MRes candidate
Psycholinguistics, EEG

Mili Mathew

Mili Mathew
Research Associate
Gesture, prosody, multimodal communication

Joann Tang

Joann Tang
PhD candidate
Speech perception and production, MEG

Katya Tomas

Katya Tomas
PhD candidate

Speech perception, production & language

Samantha Bentink

Samantha Bentink
MRes candidate
Acoustic phonetics, phonology, speech production

Dr Susan Lin

Dr Susan Lin
Postdoctoral Research Fellow '11-'13
Macquarie University

Kelly Miles

Kelly Miles
PhD candidate '10-'13
Macquarie University

Farrah Alameddine

Farrah Alameddine
Masters of Research candidate '11-'13
Macquarie University

Jill Thorson

Jill Thorson
PhD student'13
Brown University

Bronwyn Eley

Bronwyn Eley
Undergraduate '11-'13
Macquarie University

Clara Kliman-Silver

Clara Kliman-Silver
Student '08-'09
Brown University '13

Heidi Jiang

Heidi Jiang
Student '08-'09
Brown University '11

Melissa Lopez

Melissa Lopez
Student '07-'09
Brown University '11

Elana Kreiger-Benson

Elana Kreiger-Benson
Student '07-'09
Brown University '11

Miranda Sinnott-Armstrong

Miranda Sinnott-Armstrong
Student '07-'09
Brown University '11

Matt Vitorla

Matt Vitorla
Student '07-'09
Brown University '11

Melanie Cabral

Melanie Cabral
Lab Manager '08-'09
Grad Student

Clark University

Karen Evans

Karen Evans
Student '07-'08
Lab Manager '08-'09
Grad Student

University of Minnesota

Rachel M. Theodore

Dr. Rachel M. Theodore 
Postdoc '02-'04
University of Connecticut

Jae Yung Song

Dr. Jae Yung Song 
Grad Student '97-'02
Postdoc '02-'04

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

 

Alumni and Visitors

Alissa Cerny

Alissa Cerny Student '07-'08
Brown University '09
 

Annie Tremblay

Annie Tremblay Visitor '05
University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign

Chloe Marshall

Chloe Marshall 
Visitor '05
City University, UK
 

Christophe dos Santos

Christophe dos Santos
Visitor '03
Postdoc, University of Nijmegen
 

Christelle Dodane

Christelle Dodane
Visitor '06
Grad Student
University of Illinois

Eon-Suk Ko

Eon-Suk Ko
Visitor '06-'08
SUNY Buffalo

Francina Moloi

Francina Moloi
Visitor '00
National University of Lesotho

Isabelle Darcy

Isabelle Darcy
Visitor '05
Postdoc, University of Potsdam

Jeremy Kuhn

Jeremy Kuhn
Student '08-'09
Brown University '10

Malillo Machobane

Malillo Machobane 
Visitor '00
National University of Lesotho

Margaret Kehoe

Margaret Kehoe
01-'05 Assc. Editor
Journal of Child Language

Matt Adamo

Matt Adamo
Lab Manager '05-'06
Grad Student, University of Michigan

Melissa Kline

Melissa Kline
Student '06-'08
Grad Student, MIT

Sara Weschler

Sara Weschler
Student '08- '09
Brown University '10

Amanda Beaucage

Amanda Beaucage
Lab Manager '03-'04
Speech Pathologist, RI

Cecilia Kirk

Cecilia Kirk
Postdoc '02-'04
University of Oregon

Christelle Dodane

Christelle Dodane
Visitor '06
University of Montpellier

Claartje Levelt

Claartje Levelt
Visitor '05-'06
Leiden University

David Ellis

David Ellis
Software Engineer, Facebook
 

Dustin Foley

Dustin Foley
Student '08- '09
Brown University '09

Erin Conwell

Erin Conwell
Student '03-'08
Postdoc, Harvard

Jenny Culbertson

Jenny Culbertson
Lab Manager '04-'05
Grad Student, JHU

Liz McCullough

Liz McCullough
Lab Manager '06-'07
Grad Student, OSU

Manuela Barcelos

Manuela Barcelos
Lab Manager '01-'03
URI

Matt Masapollo

Matt Masapollo
Visitor '08, '09
University of Michigan

Meghan Patrolia

Meghan Patrolia
Visitor '08, '09
University of Michigan

Sandile Gxilishe

Sandile Gxilishe 
Visitor '04, '05
University of Cape Town

Yvan Rose

Yvan Rose
Postdoc '01-'02
Memorial University of Newfoundland