The Language Learning and Processing Lab studies the acquisition, processing, and representation of language. We focus on two fundamental questions: what does it mean to know language and how is this knowledge acquired? We study the learning mechanisms used by children and adults in learning first and second languages; the mechanisms involved in language processing; and the various factors - cognitive and environmental - that influence children's linguistic development.
Our research lies at the intersection of Linguistics, Psychology and Cognitive Science, combining theoretical insights and methods from the three fields. We draw on a variety of experimental methods (including artificial language learning, eye-tracking, corpus studies, and more) and look at a range of languages and populations (child learners, adult native-speakers and L2 learners).
We draw on a variety of experimental methodologies (among them naturalistic child and adult corpus studies, experiments with children and adults, and artificial language learning), and look at a range of languages (mostly English, Hebrew and Arabic) and populations (child learners, adult native-speakers, and L2 learners).
Our research is funded by the Israeli Science Foundation and the Bi-national Science Foundation.