Our work focuses on speech and language development with an emphasis on how we plan and then produce speech. We are especially interested in how children acquire the characteristic rhythm and intonation of their language, otherwise known as speech prosody.

The goal of our work is to better understand the factors that contribute most to the development of running speech. We also provide normative data on prosodic development and identify suprasegmental patterns that contribute most to the perception of speech disorder.

The Speech & Language Lab is located at The University of Oregon and is directed by Melissa (Lisa) Redford, Professor of Linguistics.