Infant Language and Cognition

Infant Language and Cognition

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Our group investigates the process of early language acquisition, specifically the emergence and consolidation of speech perception and word-learning over monolingual and bilingual infants’ first two years of life, as well as interactions between these early language abilities and the development of general perceptual and cognitive capacities.

The primary aim of this research is to define the earliest determinants of later individual language ability, including but not limited to endogenous factors, such as family risk for developmental language disorders or hearing loss, and environmental factors, such as the quantity and quality of infants’ early language input.

We address these questions through cross-sectional and longitudinal designs that combine neurophysiological (EEG, fNIRS), behavioral (visual preference, eye-tracking), and observational (parent-infant interactions) techniques in the BCBL BabyLab.

Our team


In press

Jones, C., Kalashnikova, M., Khamchuang, C., Best, C.T., Bowcock, E., Dwyer, A., Hammond, H., Hendy, C., Jones, K., Kaplun, C., Kemp, L., Lam-Cassettari, C., Li, W., Mattock, K., Odemis, S., & Short, K. (In press). A short-form version of the Australian English communicative development inventory. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. Doi:10.1080/17549507.2021.1981446
Piazza, G., Calabria, M., Semenza, C., & Poletto, C. (In press). Processing of semantic and grammatical gender in Spanish speakers with aphasia. Aphasiology. Doi:10.1080/02687038.2021.1924355


Jessica Tan, S.H., Kalashnikova, M., Di Liberto, G.M., Crosse, M.J., & Burnham, D. (2022). Seeing a talking face matters: The relationship between cortical tracking of continuous auditory‐visual speech and gaze behaviour in infants, children and adults. NeuroImage, 256. Doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2022.119217
Kalashnikova, M., & Carreiras, M. (2022). Input quality and speech perception development in bilingual infants’ first year of life. Child Development, 93(1), e32-e46. Doi:10.1111/cdev.13686

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