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The Center for Language Science is comprised of research groups from a number of different departments with interests in a range of topics.

On the following pages you may view information on the groups including their fields of research, current members, and a brief description about the lab (research goals, technology used, etc.)

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Communication Sciences and Disorders
Researchers in Communication Sciences and Disorders use a wide variety of methods to investigate a very broad range of research questions related to speech, language, and hearing.
Qualitative, observational, and experimental designs are employed, and methods include behavioral tasks, standardized tests, surveys, and electrophysiological measures.
Some topics currently being investigated include language and literacy development in monolingual and bilingual speakers, and in atypical learners; lexical and phonological representation in bilinguals; cognitive mechanisms underlying language development and language disorders; and dialectal variations in monolingual and bilingual phonological development.
For further information, please visit the departmental website.
Department of Applied Linguistics
The Department of Applied Linguistics seeks to advance understandings of language use and language learning from a range of anthropological, sociological, and psychological perspectives. Areas of specialization include discourse analysis; classroom discourse; corpus linguistics; language and cognition; culture, health, and aging; second and foreign language and literacy teaching and learning; sociocultural theory; technology and language learning; and teacher education.
For further information, please visit the departmental website.
Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures
The Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures offers a wide range of courses in the fields of linguistics and applied linguistics. Graduate students in the Ph.D. option in Germanic linguistics and applied linguistics are required to take foundational courses in German syntax and phonology, alongside seminars focusing on topics relevant to both German scholars and the broader language science community at Penn State. Recent seminars include First language acquisition of German and Dutch, The Gothic language, and Introduction to German applied linguistics.
To complement the learning that goes on in the classroom, students from both inside and outside the department are also encouraged to work with faculty members on current research projects, which approach issues in bilingualism from a variety of perspectives. Specifically, Carrie Jackson’s work utilizes psycholinguistic research methods to explore the cognitive underpinnings of adult second language acquisition. Richard Page’s fieldwork examining Pennsylvania German in nearby Big Valley addresses larger issues of language contact and language change in bilingual communities.
For further information, please visit the departmental website.
Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese


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Psychology


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