Our people

Our people

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Lab Director

Professor Katherine Demuth 

Distinguished Professor Katherine Demuth
Department of Linguistics
Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS)
Centre of Excellence for Cognition and its Disorders (CCD)
Hearing CRC

Phone: +61 2 9850 8783
Email: katherine.demuth@mq.edu.au

Katherine 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.

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Deputy Lab Directors

Titia Benders

Dr Titia Benders
Department of Linguistics
Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS)
Centre of Excellence for Cognition and its Disorders (CCD)
Hearing CRC

Titia 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.

Nan Xu 

Dr Nan Xu Rattanasone
Department of Linguistics
Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS)
Centre of Excellence for Cognition and its Disorders (CCD)
Hearing CRC

Nan Xu Rattanasone is a postdoctoral research fellow working on several projects including Professor Katherine Demuth's ARC Laureate Fellowship funded project on 'Neural and behavioural evidence for children's learning of grammatical morphology’, the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre and NHMRC project (at the National Acoustics Laboratory) examining language development for children with hearing loss. She is also the Deputy Director of the Child Language Lab, a member of the Macquarie University Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS) and the Centre of Excellence for Cognition and its Disorders (CCD). Her research focuses on Language Acquisition in children (monolingual, bilingual and those with hearing loss) and adult second language learners. She is interested in early bilingual development in pre-schoolers: how children acquire multiple languages, how they develop language competency, and the implications of bilingualism for school readiness.

Lab members

Dr Laurence Bruggeman

Associate Professor Felicity Cox

Dr Ben Davies

Dr Jae-Hyun Kim

Carmen Kung

Dr Michael Proctor

Dr Thembi Dube

Dr Ivan Yuen

Lab Coordinator

Dr Isabel O'Keeffe

Lab PhD students

Rebecca Holt

Chi Lo

Ping Tang

Julien Millasseau

Lab MRes students

Elise Tobin

Lab visitors

Jason Hollowell
Visiting Fellow '18-'19
Musashi University, Tokyo, Japan

Kyoji Iwamoto
Visiting PhD student '18-'19
Waseda University, Japan

Alumni

Tamara Schembri
PhD candidate
Phonology, language models

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

Fabia Andronos
Research Assistant

Qandeel Hussain
PhD candidate
Phonology, loanword incorporation

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

Sujal Pokharel
MRes candidate
Language acquisition, speech perception and production

Hui Chen
PhD candidate
First language acquisition, phonetics and phonology

Amy Hanna
Research Assistant

Katherine Revius
Lab Coordinator (2014-2016)

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

Simon Gonzalez
PhD candidate
English phonology, world phonological systems

Gretel Macdonald
MRes candidate
Psycholinguistics, language acquisition

Kiri Mealings
PhD candidate
Classroom acoustics, speech perception & production

David Rosson
Research Assistant
Language acquisition, speech perception and production

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

Alyssa Dyball
MRes candidate
Psycholinguistics, EEG

Mili Mathew
Research Associate
Gesture, prosody, multimodal communication

Joann Tang
PhD candidate
Speech perception and production, MEG

Katya Tomas
PhD candidate

Speech perception, production & language

Samantha Bentink
MRes candidate
Acoustic phonetics, phonology, speech production

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

Kelly Miles
PhD candidate '10-'13
Macquarie University

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

Jill Thorson
PhD student'13
Brown University

Bronwyn Eley
Undergraduate '11-'13
Macquarie University

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

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

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

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

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

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

Melanie Cabral
Lab Manager '08-'09
Grad Student

Clark University

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

University of Minnesota

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

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

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Alumni

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

Annie Tremblay
Visitor '05
University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign

Chloe Marshall 
Visitor '05
City University, UK

Christophe dos Santos
Visitor '03
Postdoc, University of Nijmegen

Christelle Dodane
Visitor '06
Grad Student
University of Illinois

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

Francina Moloi
Visitor '00
National University of Lesotho

Isabelle Darcy
Visitor '05
Postdoc, University of Potsdam

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

Malillo Machobane 
Visitor '00
National University of Lesotho

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

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

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

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

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

Cecilia Kirk
Postdoc '02-'04
University of Oregon

Christelle Dodane
Visitor '06
University of Montpellier

Claartje Levelt
Visitor '05-'06
Leiden University

David Ellis
Software Engineer, Facebook

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

Erin Conwell
Student '03-'08
Postdoc, Harvard

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

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

Manuela Barcelos
Lab Manager '01-'03
URI

Matt Masapollo
Visitor '08, '09
University of Michigan

Meghan Patrolia
Visitor '08, '09
University of Michigan

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

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

 
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