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CLaS executive members

Associate Professor Rosalind Thornton


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.

Dr Iain Giblin

Giblin's research focuses on syntax and children’s acquisition of syntax. His research program is situated within Chomsky's theory of Universal Grammar and investigates the common structural basis of human language and how this knowledge is attained.

Mark Johnson

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.

CLaS advisory board members 2018

  • Emeritus Professor Brian Byrne, University of New England
  • Distinguished Professor Stephen Crain (Director of ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders)
  • Professor Linda Cupples, Macquarie University
  • Professor Anne Cutler, Western Sydney University
  • Professor Janet Fletcher, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Maria Teresa Guasti, University of Milano-Bicocca
  • Professor Simon Handley, Executive Dean, Faculty of Human Sciences, Macquarie University
  • Professor Theo Marinis, University of Reading
  • Professor Jane Simpson, Australian National University
  • Professor Mark Steedman, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Rosalind Thornton, Macquarie University
  • Professor Ovid Tzeng, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

CLaS faculty members

  • Dr Scott Barnes
  • Dr Titia Benders
  • Dr Joe Blythe
  • Associate Professor Steve Cassidy
  • Associate Professor Felicity Cox
  • Associate Professor Mark Dras
  • Dr Elisabeth Harrison
  • Dr Jae-Hyun Kim
  • Dr Haidee Kruger
  • Associate Professor Jan-Louis Kruger
  • Professor David McAlpine
  • Professor Catherine McMahon
  • Dr Diego Molla-Aliod
  • Emeritus Professor Philip Newall
  • Professor Lyndsey Nickels
  • Dr Sallyanne Palethorpe
  • Emeritus Professor Pam Peters
  • Dr Michael Proctor
  • Dr Rolf Schwitter
  • Associate Professor Mridula Sharma
  • Dr Helen Slatyer
  • Dr Anita Szakay

CLaS postdoctoral fellows

  • Dr Laurence Bruggeman
  • Dr Kairit Sirts
  • Dr Lyn Tieu
  • Dr Nan Xu Rattanasone
  • Dr Ivan Yuen

CLaS honorary members

  • Dr Caroline Law
  • Dr Robert Mannell
  • Dr Kimiko Tsukada
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