Welcome to the Center for Language Science

Bilingualism Matters @ Penn State

On Wednesday, December 10, the Center for Language Science (http://cls.psu.edu) will become a chapter of Bilingualism Matters (http://bilingualism-matters.org.uk/). Bilingualism Matters is an organization based out of the University of Edinburgh that trains researchers to do outreach so that the basic science on bilingualism can be communicated to a range of individuals, from parents raising bilingual children, to educators in schools, and to policy makers in government. To our knowledge, the Center for Language Science will be the first US chapter of Bilingualism Matters. Dr. Antonella Sorace, who founded and directs Bilingualism Matters, and is a professor of Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh, will visit the Center for Language Science on Wednesday, December 10 to conduct training on how to do this sort of outreach. A plan for the day of training on December 10 is attached to this message. All are welcome. Information and media associated with other recently launched chapters can be seen at: http://www.bilingualism-matters.ppls.ed.ac.uk/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FS6o0QN8y8 For information about Bilingualism Matters @ Penn State or the Center for Language Science contact Judith Kroll or Sharon Elder.

Here you can find the schedule for the training sessions.

Announcing the Adele Miccio Memorial Travel Award for 2014-2015

Our late colleague, Professor Adele Miccio, loved to travel and cared deeply for students. In her honor, the Center for Language Science sponsors a student travel award for graduate students. The purpose of the award is to provide a means for students to network with senior scientists.

See the announcement flyer for more on how to apply for the award.

For more information about Adele Miccio, the travel award, and a list of previous awardees see the Adele Miccio Travel Award web-page more on how to apply for the award.

Announcing open period for CLS conference registration fee coverage

The period for applications to cover conference registration fees from September 2014-December 2014 is now open (our last call covered the periods from January, 2014 - August, 2014). The next call will post early January 2015.

The application deadline is October 15, 2014

For more information, see the Conference Registration Fee Award page

Announcing International Research Opportunities Undergraduates in Summer 2015

With the generous support from the National Science Foundation program Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE), the CLS will sponsor undergraduate students to conduct research on the science of bilingualism at international sites. Funding will cover airfare, housing and meals, tuition, and some incidentals and research expenses.

To be eligible, students must be enrolled in research with a CLS faculty member for Fall 2014, Spring 2015, and must be returning to campus in the Fall 2015. See http://cls.psu.edu/PIRE for additional information and requirements.

An informational session will be held on Wednesday August 27th, 2014 from 5:00-6:00 PM in room 127 Moore Building.

See the announcement flyer for more information.

For more information about PIRE and the international sites, please visit the PIRE website.

About the CLS

The Center for Language Science (CLS), located in the Thomas Building, is an interdisciplinary group of linguists, psycholinguists, applied linguists, speech-language pathologists, speech scientists, and cognitive neuroscientists who share an interest in language acquisition and bilingualism.

Flowers in front of Moore building

Our research focuses on language science from a diverse set of perspectives. These include:

Using sophisticated behavioral and neuroscience methods such as eye tracking, acoustic analysis, and electrophysiological recording of brain activity, members of the CLS seek to learn about the inner workings of language with a special focus on bilingualism.

The CLS meets weekly to discuss research, read papers together, share new methodological developments, and practice giving conference talks. One of our main goals is to foster collaborative research projects across the disciplines.

The CLS includes affiliated researchers around the world. Our many national and international collaborations bring distinguished visitors to the Penn State campus, and provide opportunities for our students to gain valuable research experience at other U.S. universities as well as in other countries.?The CLS is an affiliate of the NSF Science of Learning Center at Gallaudet University, opening up further opportunities for collaboration in deaf studies, translation, and sign languages.

Support for the CLS is provided from within Penn State by the Children, Youth, and Families Consortium; The College of the Liberal Arts; and the College of Health and Human Development. Funding for individual faculty and graduate students is provided by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.