How do speakers turn language into the action that is speech? We take a developmental approach to this question; in so doing, we interrogate common assumptions about speech planning and production while investigating spoken language behavior across the lifespan.

Work in the lab focuses on how motor and language processes interact to define the characteristic rhythms of spoken language. We also seek to provide normative data on prosodic development and to identify factors that contribute most to the perception of disorder.

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