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Department of Linguistics

Language Acquisition and Disorders of Language

Linguistics showcases research strengths in child language across the spectrum, from children whose language is developing typically, to children with developmental disorders. Our researchers conduct experimental studies on topics in child phonology, acquisition of grammatical morphemes, syntactic structures and children's semantic knowledge. We have ongoing treatment studies on stuttering and investigations of the grammatical knowledge of children with specific language impairment. Our expertise extends to acquired language disorders, with a focus on language interaction with aphasics. Our researchers in speech pathology also focus on augmentative communication methods for people with speech and language impairments, and on treatment and intervention issues for both developmental and acquired disorders.

Focus Areas

Acquisition of phonology and morphology - Child Language Lab

Acquisition of syntax and semantics


Developmental language disorders


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A/Prof Rosalind Thornton
Phone: +61 2 9850 6710
Visit: AHH 3.516

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