Welcome to the Language Development Lab!

We are a group of linguists interested in issues of learning and learnability specifically within the area of phonology. Our projects mainly employ behavioral experiments with human subjects of all ages (from infants to adults) and computational models of learning. Using formal, experimental, and computational approaches, we hope to better understand the learning mechanisms relevant for acquiring the first and other languages.

During our weekly lab meetings we discuss the state-of-the-art literature on phonological learning. These discussions guide our current and future research projects. 



November 2018

We organized a public workshop on “Seeing speech: ultrasound imaging in Linguistics” led by Jon Havenhill. 

September 2018

Dr. Jon Havenhill has joined our lab and will contribute with his expertise in articulatory phonetics. Welcome, Jon!

August 2018

Our previous lab member Katrina Ke Chun Li has started her MA programme in Linguistics at Cambridge university.

July 2018

We will present our work on the reality of hierarchical morphological structure in multimorphemic words at the AMLaP conference in Berlin, September 6-8.

March 2018

Ryan Lai has published his paper on object preposing in Cantonese in LECT  (HKU working papers).

January 2018

Our very first lab member Eileen successfully defended her thesis! Congratulations, Dr. Waegemaekers!