Research area

Early Language Development

How do children learn sounds, words and sentences?

This area of our research looks at how children interact with their parents and learn sounds, words and sentences.

We study both babies and primary school children, some who learn only one language and some who learn more. Our studies are carried out in the lab and in other settings, such as the classroom or at home. In the lab, we track children's eye movements as they look at pictures on a television. In schools and homes, the children and our researchers play games together, for example.

View our projects on early language development below:

Get in touch
Get in touch
Centre for Research in Language Development throughout the Lifespan (LaDeLi) University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 872083
Research in Primary Languages (RiPL) University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ