News

Language Acquisition Group

  • 9/29/17
Members of the BLAB are engaging in collaborative meetings with our colleagues at UNC. Meetings provide faculty and graduate students a space to share ideas and discuss work relevant to the topic of language acquisition. Sign up here to receive emails about future meetings.

Paper published

  • 8/30/17
Graduate student Shannon Dailey recently had a paper on her undergraduate work on mindfulness meditation published in the journal Mindfulness.

BUCLD Travel Awards

  • 8/17/17
Graduate students Shannon Dailey and Charlotte Moore both won a Paula Menyuk Travel Award for BUCLD 2017. Congrats, Charlotte and Shannon!

See you later, Catherine!

  • 7/14/17
Today, the BLAB said "See you later" to our wonderful postdoc, Catherine Laing. We wish you all the best, and know you'll do great things at Cardiff!

Congrats, VIPs!

  • 7/13/17
Congratulations to our VIP students this summer, Estelle He and Reena Jasani, for doing a great job on their talks and poster presentations!

BLAB at BUCLD

  • 7/11/17
BLAB members will be presenting two talks and three posters at BUCLD 2017 this November.

BLAB at CDS

  • 6/22/17
Look out for the BLAB at CDS 2017, with pre-conference and conference talks by Dr. Bergelson!

Paper Accepted

  • 5/8/17
Congratulations to our postdoc, Catherine Laing, who recently had a paper accepted to the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology! Coming soon: "A perceptual advantage for onomatopoeia in early word learning: Evidence from eye-tracking."

Grant award

  • 5/8/17
Congratulations to our graduate student, Charlotte Moore, who was recently awarded an SSHRC Doctoral fellowship!

Paper accepted

  • 5/1/17
Coming soon: "Young Infants’ Word Comprehension Given an Unfamiliar Talker or Altered Pronunciations" by Bergelson & Swingley, provisionally accepted at Child Development.

First Year Festival

  • 4/28/17
Congratulations to our graduate student, Charlotte Moore, who finished up a great first year at Duke with her successful presentation at the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience's first year festival!

Paper accepted

  • 4/17/17
Dr. Bergelson just had a paper accepted to Language Learning and Development: Semantic Specificity in One-Year-Olds’ Word Comprehension, Bergelson & Aslin, 2017.

Lab manager staying at Duke

  • 4/15/17
Lab manager Shannon Dailey will be staying in the BLAB next year as a graduate student! She will continue working with Dr. Bergelson as she begins her PhD here at Duke this fall.

BLAB at CogSci

  • 4/10/17
The BLAB has a 100% acceptance rate to CogSci! Lab technician Andrei Amatuni and postdoc Catherine Laing were both accepted to the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society in London this July.

BLAB at SRCD

  • 4/7/17
Lab manager Shannon Dailey gave a talk titled "Semantic Relatedness Effects in Early Word Learning" at the Society of Research in Cognitive Development's 2017 meeting in Austin, TX.

Digging Into Data Grant

  • 3/29/17
PI Dr. Elika Bergelson is a recipient of Trans-Atlantic Platform's Digging Into Data Challenge Grant for the Analyzing Child Language Experiences around the World (ACLEW) project. ACLEW will be studying child language development across cultures.

BLAB at Interspeech

  • 3/22/17
The BLAB will be featured in two Special Sessions at Interspeech 2017 in Stockholm this August. The sessions focus on data collection and annotation issues in child language acquisition research, and on a Computational Paralinguistics ChallengE (ComParE).

Postdoc going to Cardiff Univ

  • 3/22/17
Our postdoctoral researcher, Dr. Catherine Laing, has been appointed as a Lecturer in the Department of Language and Communication at Cardiff University in Wales. Beginning this summer, she will research and teach in the areas of child language acquisition and phonetics and phonology. Congratulations, Dr. Laing!

ManyBabies project

  • 3/9/17
PI Dr. Elika Bergelson is part of a consortium promoting best practices in infancy research, called ManyBabies. Their paper "A Collaborative Approach to Infant Research: Promoting Reproducibility, Best Practices, and Theory-Building" was recently published in Infancy.

BLAB at SRCD

  • 12/8/16
Lab manager Shannon Dailey will give a talk titled "Semantic Relatedness Effects in Early Word Learning" at Society of Research in Cognitive Development's 2017 meeting in Austin, TX.

Why "Baby Talk" is good for your baby

  • 11/10/2016
Postdoc Dr. Catherine Laing wrote an article for the Conversation USA: "Here's why 'baby talk' is good for your baby."

Lab members at BUCLD

  • 11/1/16
Look out for lab alum Tessa Eagle's honors thesis (poster) and postdoc Dr. Catherine Laing's PhD research (talk) at BUCLD 2016!

Rebranding as BLAB

  • 10/19/16
The Bergelson Lab now goes by BLAB.

Charlotte's paper published

  • 10/19/16
Graduate student Charlotte Moore recently had a paper published based on research she did during her Master's degree.

CogSci workshop

  • 8/9/2016
PI Dr. Elika Bergelson organized a workshop on naturalistic language acquisition data at CogSci 2016 in Philadelphia, PA.

Bergelson Lab moves to Duke

  • 8/1/16
The Bergelson Lab has officially moved to Duke. Debate about when to start trying to say 'y'all' ensues.

SEEDLingS data collection complete!

  • 7/25/2016
After nearly two years, SEEDLingS longitudinal data collection is complete. Not a single home or in-lab visit was missed!


Events

Upcoming lab events

  • October 3, 2017: Duke-UNC Language Acquistion Meeting at UNC.
  • October 12-14, 2017: BLAB at CDS.
  • November 3-5, 2017: BLAB at BUCLD.
  • November 21, 2017: Duke-UNC Language Acquistion Meeting at Duke.

Recent lab events

  • August 20-24, 2017: PI Elika Bergelson discussed data collection, transcription, and annotation issues in child language acquisition settings with colleagues at Interspeech in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • July 26-29, 2017: Lab technician Andrei Amatuni and postdoc Catherine Laing will be presenting at CogSci.
  • May 1, 2017: Duke-UNC Language Acquisition meeting. UNC professor Katya Pertsova presented recent findings from a morphology learning study, and UNC graduate student Xue He presented her Master's thesis.
  • April 7, 2017: BLAB manager Shannon Dailey gave a talk at SRCD, "Semantic Relatedness Effects in Early Word Comprehension."
  • March 27, 2017: Duke-UNC Language Acquisition meeting. BLAB graduate student Charlotte Moore discussed a new eye-tracking study being developed.
  • February 27, 2017: Duke-UNC Language Acquisition meeting. UNC professor Misha Becker presented on her recent work on Cherokee language revitalization.
  • January 30, 2017: Duke-UNC Language Acquisition meeting. BLAB members Catherine Laing, Andrei Amatuni, and Shannon Dailey presented summaries of their current research projects.
  • January 19, 2017: BLAB members Andrei Amatuni and Shannon Dailey presented a poster "Early Lexical Development: The Roles of Semantic Similarity and Home Environment" at the Duke Research Computing Symposium.
  • December 8, 2016: Duke-UNC Language Acquisition meeting. UNC professor Katya Pertsova discussed an in-progress study about morphology learning in a miniature made-up language.
  • December 6, 2016: PI Elika Bergelson presented a poster "Effects of Home Environment & Semantic Structure on Early Lexical Development" at the NIH High-Risk High-Reward Research Symposium.
  • November 11, 2016: Duke-UNC Language Acquisition meeting. BUCLD attendees recapped the conference and discussed the highlights.
  • November 3-6, 2016: BLAB attended the Boston University Conference on Language Development.
  • November 5, 2016: Postdoc Catherine Laing presented a talk at BUCLD, "'What does the cow say?' An analysis of onomatopoeia in early interactions."
  • October 14-16, 2016: Lab retreat
  • October 14, 2016: First Duke-UNC Language Acquisition meeting. Discussion of theories of language acquisition: usage-based vs. universal grammar accounts.