The research carried out in the Language Acquisition Research Laboratory includes the study of first, second and third language acquisition, as well as bilingualism in typically and atypically developing populations, code-switching, language contact, and heritage and immigrant language. The lab has an interdisciplinary focus – combining formal and descriptive linguistics with developmental and cognitive psychology – and joint and individual projects include spontaneous and experimental data and make use of a variety of online and offline methodologies.

Recent and ongoing research includes studies on:

  • Native and non-native language acquisition
  • Immigrant and heritage languages of Canada
  • Language contact
  • The representation and processing of language in the bilingual mind
  • Code-mixing and code-switching
  • Bilingualism in typically and non-typically developing populations

The Language Acquisition Research Laboratory collaborates with researchers from other departments at the University of Ottawa as well as other universities in Canada and around the world. The members meet on a regular basis to discuss collaborative and individual projects, to assess progress made and to program activities.

How to reach us

MHN 253
Telephone: 613-562-5800, ext. 1781
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Juana M. Liceras
Language Acquisition Research Laboratory Director
MHN 217
Telephone: 613-562-5800, ext. 3742 
[email protected]

Elena Valenzuela
Language Acquisition Research Laboratory Co-Director
MHN 221
Telephone: 613-562-5800, ext. 3743 
[email protected]