Our work focuses on speech and language development with an emphasis on speech planning and production. We are especially interested in the typical and atypical acquisition of language rhythm and intonation (prosody).
The goal of our work is to understand what linguistic structures and strategies govern fluent speech-language production over developmental time. We also seek to provide normative data on the acquisition of speech prosody, to identify the aspects of prosody most vulnerable to disorder, and to explain why they are vulnerable.
The Speech & Language Lab is located at The University of Oregon and is directed by Melissa A. Redford, Associate Professor of Linguistics.