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Our people

CLaS executive members

Associate Professor Rosalind Thornton

Director

Associate Professor Rosalind Thornton

Thornton’s research focuses on children’s acquisition of morphology, syntax, semantics. Her research program assesses various aspects of Chomsky's theory of Universal Grammar to investigate which aspects of children’s linguistic knowledge are part of their genetic endowment and which aspects are learned from the environment.

Professor Linda Cupples

Deputy Director

Professor Linda Cupples

Cupples has research interests in the area of psycholinguistics, with a particular focus on sentence comprehension and production in: skilled language users; disorders of sentence comprehension and production following brain damage; and reading development (especially in children and adults with disabilities).

Distinguished Professor Stephen Crain

Director of ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders

Distinguished Professor Stephen Crain

The last decade of Crain’s research has focused on children’s acquisition of semantic knowledge, in particular young children’s knowledge of logical operators. Much of this research has been cross-linguistic, with a particular focus on Mandarin Chinese.

Distinguished Professor Katherine Demuth

Distinguished Professor Katherine Demuth

Demuth’s research focuses on language acquisition, including studies of speech and language perception and production. She is especially interested in the development of phonological and morphological representations, speech planning, and the development of language processing abilities in both typically developing, language-impaired children, and hearing-impaired children bilinguals and L2 learners. Much of her work is cross-linguistic, using acoustic analysis and a wide variety of behavioural and neural techniques to better understand the mechanisms underlying language acquisition.

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Professor Mark Johnson 

Johnson’s research area is computational linguistics – ie. explicit computational models of language acquisition, comprehension and production. His recent work focused on probabilistic models for syntactic parsing (identifying the way words combine to form phrases and sentences) and semantic interpretation, and on Bayesian models of the acquisition of phonology, morphology and the lexicon.

Professors Pam Peters

Professor Pam Peters

Peters supervises research students and projects in lexicography, lexicology, terminology and terminography. She is an adjunct professor in linguistics, a research member of CLaS and she directs the TermFinder project.






CLaS advisory board members

  • Distinguished Professor Stephen Crain (Director of ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders)
  • Emeritus Professor Max Coltheart (former Director of MACCS, MQ)
  • Dr Harvey Dillon, CEO National Acoustics Laboratory
  • Professor Jane Simpson, School of Language Studies, ANU
  • Professor Ovid Tzeng, Minister without Portfolio, Executive Yuan, Taiwan
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