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 2018.
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.
Graduate student Shannon Dailey recently had a paper on her undergraduate work on mindfulness meditation published in the journal Mindfulness.
BUCLD Travel Awards
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!
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 Dr. Bergelson!
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
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.
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!
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.