Research Labs

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RESEARCH LABORATORIES

UF’s Linguistics Department has a number of experimental laboratories that carry out a range of research projects. Please see the lab descriptions and contact information below for the following laboratories:

Brain and Language Laboratory

The Brain and Language Lab is headed by Dr. Edith Kaan (kaan@ufl.edu). The Kaan Lab research team conducts experiments to investigate language processing in the brain. In particular, the lab is interested in how humans process (a) sentences and texts, (b) lexical tones, and (c) language in the context of second-language learning. A variety of experimental techniques are employed, including questionnaires, reading studies, and event-related brain potentials (ERPs).

Corpus Linguistics Laboratory

The Corpus Linguistics Lab is headed by Dr. Stefanie Wulff (swulff@ufl.edu). Its researchers investigate language data using corpora. Corpora are large-scale digital collections of language. The lab offers access to various corpora of English, German, Spanish, and other languages; corpora of written and transcribed spoken language; and various specialized corpora such as corpora of academic speech and writing, learners of English as a second language, and the like. Access to these corpora is provided using various software tools such as AntConc, MonoConcPro, WordSmith Tools, and R. The lab also provides access to Eprime for experiments.

In the UF Corpus Linguistics Lab, corpus linguistics is a method, not a theory. All faculty and students affiliated with the Corpus Linguistics Lab are united by their commitment to rigorous, empirical analyses of language data. Correspondingly, the researchers affiliated with our lab conduct research in various theoretical frameworks and on a wide range of topics, including language processing, second language acquisition, and the synchronic and diachronic description of languages such Dutch, English, Spanish, and many others.

Language Documentation Laboratory

The Language Documentation Lab is overseen by Drs. Aaron Broadwell (broadwell@ufl.edu), James Essegbey (essegbey@ufl.edu), Brent Henderson (bhendrsn@ufl.edu), and Fiona McLaughlin (fmcl@ufl.edu). It provides space for faculty and students involved in the documentation and analysis of understudied, minority, and endangered languages. There is a soundproof booth for phonetic studies as well as computing equipment for on-going documentation projects. The lab also has audio and video equipment that can be borrowed.

Language over the Lifespan Laboratory

The Language over the Lifespan (LOL) lab is headed by Dr. Lori Altmann (laltmann@ufl.edu). The LOL Lab at UF investigates the relationship between memory and language use in adults. We study young and older adults with normal and impaired language.  The lab is located in the basement of historic Dauer Hall, on the northern edge of the UF campus. The LOL lab has dedicated parking spaces just behind Dauer Hall for easy access. While most of the testing is done on campus, the lab is also equipped to travel! Healthy older adults and Alzheimer patients are often tested at their own homes.

Current on-site projects examine language use in adults with Alzheimer Disease and adults with dyslexia. What do dyslexia and Alzheimer disease have in common? Both disorders are associated with differences in the parts of the brain used for language. In dyslexia, these differences are there at birth and affect the way language is processed throughout life. In Alzheimer disease, these differences are degenerative changes that affect an already well-trained language system. Surprisingly, the effects of these two disorders on language use can be quite similar.

Current projects include: Language and Memory in Dyslexic Adults, Typicality Effects on Alzheimer’s Naming, Sentence Production and Comprehension in Healthy Adults, and Concept Combination in Dementia.