Former Bergelson Lab/Seedlings staff member Sharath (Munna) Koorathota is starting an MS in computer science at Columbia, specializing in AI and Machine Learning. Congrats, Munna!
4 BLAB members received travel awards for BUCLD
Dr. Federica Bulgarelli and Shannon Dailey received the Paula Menyuk Travel Award, Shannon received the Society for Language Development student award, and undergraduate RAs Sarah Yang and Katya Khlystova received departmental travel awards!
BLAB presentations at BUCLD
Look out for the BLAB at BUCLD 2018! 9 BLAB members will be in attendance, Dr. Federica Bulgarelli and Shannon Dailey will be giving talks, and Dr. Elika Bergelson will be presenting a poster.
BLAB welcomes two post-docs and a new lab tech
Dr. Federica Bulgarelli and Dr. Stephan Meylan are joining the BLAB as post-doctoral researchers this fall. The BLAB also welcomes Gladys Baudet, who will work as our lab technician.
BLAB at BUCLD 2018
BLAB members will be presenting two talks and a poster at
BUCLD 2018 this November.
Dr. Bergelson Named Crandall Family Assistant Professor
Dr. Bergelson has been named the first Crandall Family Assistant Professor by Duke’s Arts and Sciences, in conjunction with
the Duke Bass Connections’ Education and Human Development Theme. Congratulations, Dr. Bergelson!
Grant to study early language acquisition with sensory impairment
Dr. Bergelson, along with Dr. Dan King (Duke Audiology) and Dr. Sharon Freedman (Duke Ophthalmology & Pediatrics), has been awarded a pilot grant by Duke’s ABC-Thrive for their project “Early Language Acquisition with Sensory Impairment."
New graduate student Erin Campbell
The BLAB is excited to announce that Erin Campbell will be joining us as a PhD student in the fall of 2018. Welcome, Erin!
Lab Technician Andrei Amatuni starting PhD at IU
BLAB technician extraordinaire Andrei Amatuni will be leaving us to begin his PhD in Cognitive Science at Indiana University this fall. Congrats, Andrei! We'll miss you!
Cognitive, Auditory, and Neural Bases of Language & Speech Research Group
The CANBLS research group, co-convened by PI Elika Bergelson and colleagues, brings together researchers with varying approaches to studying language and speech. Members of the BLAB attend monthly meetings to share and discuss research that
further explores the cognitive, auditory, and neural bases of language and speech.
Speech Diarization Challenge
The BLAB has contributed to the First DIHARD Speech Diarization Challenge. Preliminary results will be presented in late
P&N Person of the Week
BLAB member Andrei Amatuni was featured on the Duke Psychology and Neuroscience website as Person of the Week! Check out
the P&N News Feed to read about Andrei's work and interests.
Language Acquisition Group
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.
Shannon Dailey recently had
a paper on her undergraduate work on mindfulness meditation published in the journal
BUCLD Travel Awards
Shannon Dailey and
Charlotte Moore both won a Paula Menyuk Travel Award for BUCLD 2017. Congrats, Charlotte and Shannon!
See you later, Catherine!
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!
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
BLAB members will be presenting two talks and three posters at
BUCLD 2017 this November.
BLAB at CDS
Look out for the BLAB at CDS 2017, with pre-conference and conference talks by
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."
Congratulations to our graduate student,
Charlotte Moore, who was recently awarded an SSHRC Doctoral fellowship!
First Year Festival
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!
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
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.
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
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!
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
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
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