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 language rhythm and intonation, which is otherwise known as speech prosody.
The goal of our work is to better understand the factors that contribute most to the production of smooth and understandable speech. We also seek to provide normative data on the development of speech prosody and to identify the aspects of prosody 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.