Angela Burgess

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Department of Language and Linguistics
Postgraduate Research Student
Department of Language and Linguistics
 Angela Burgess


Ask me about
  • Language and Linguistics Babylab
  • Module LG115 - Child Language Development
  • Child Language Acquisition (preverbal infants)
  • Infant-directed Speech


I am currently a part-time PhD student. I am a GTA for LG115. I am a member of the LangUE conference committee. I am a member of the ICIS (International Congress of Infant Studies).


  • BA English Language, Language Acquisition and Language Disorders University of Essex (2017)

  • MSc Language and the Brain University of Essex (2018)

  • CADENZA Associate Fellow (AFHEA) of the Higher Education Academy University of Essex (2019)

Research and professional activities


To examine the acoustic properties of infant-directed speech to promote word learning in pre-verbal infants

Infant-directed speech (IDS), a type of speech register used to address babies is known to have different acoustic properties to that of adult-directed speech. A naturalistic study testing infants from 8- to 20-months-old over 12 months will explore whether parents change the way they address their baby over this period. Another study using Lookit will investigate which acoustic properties of IDS make a difference in babies’ abilities to learn new words for new objects.

Supervisor: Dr Claire Delle Luche , Dr Laurel Lawyer



Colchester Campus