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Labs, Research Institutes, and Projects

Research Institutes and Projects

Endangered Language Initiative

The Endangered Language Initiative aims to promote the scientific study of endangered languages in the areas of teaching and research, and is also dedicated to educating the public and broader scientific community about the study of endangered languages.

Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society

The Institute conducts research on language, literacy, and bilingualism and their development and acquisition in urban societies.

The CUNY Second Language Acquisition Lab

The CUNY Second Language Acquisition Lab is the center for study of language acquisition at the Graduate Center. Its main objective is to conduct cross-linguistic research on the acquisition of non-primary languages in children and adults, comparing it to first language acquisition so as to discover universal characteristics of language development as well as differences between primary and non-primary language acquisition. The SLA lab is both a research and a teaching lab. Students interested in language acquisition have the opportunity to participate in grant-funded research projects and to conduct studies of their own under the supervision of Professor Gita Martohardjono.

The laboratory is in room 7393, phone: 212-817-8524, or email at: slal@gc.cuny.edu.

Please check out our website! http://slal.commons.gc.cuny.edu/

The Audio-Aligned and Parsed Corpus of Appalachian English (AAPCAppE)

The Audio-Aligned and Parsed Corpus of Appalachian English is an in-progress project. The ultimate product will be a 1-million word corpus of Appalachian English, with two basic components:

  • Transcripts which are time-aligned with the speech signal, and fully text-searchable
  • A part-of-speech tagged and parsed version of the transcripts

Please visit the project website for more info.

Corpus of New York City English: Audio-Aligned and Parsed

The Corpus of New York City English (CUNY-CoNYCE) is an in-progress project which aims to further the study of New York City English (namely, the varieties of English particular to New York City and the surrounding region), through the development and use of an innovative audio-aligned and parsed corpus of New Yorkers’ speech. The ultimate goal of the project is to combine recent advances in speech corpus development tools with the special talents and backgrounds of CUNY undergraduates to create a database that will be a resource for researchers in all areas of linguistics. An additional goal is to provide valuable research experience for CUNY undergraduates.
The ultimate product will be a 1-million word corpus of New York City English, with two basic components:
  • Transcripts which are time-aligned with the speech signal, and fully text-searchable
  • A part-of-speech tagged and parsed version of the transcripts which are searchable online using structural queries
Project PIs:
  • Christina Tortora, City University of New York (College of Staten Island and The Graduate Center)
  • Cecelia Cutler, City University of New York (Lehman College and The Graduate Center)
  • Bill Haddican, City University of New York (Queens College and The Graduate Center)
  • Michael Newman, City University of New York (Queens College and The Graduate Center)
  • Beatrice Santorini, University of Pennsylvania

Psycholinguistics Laboratory

CUNY’s Psycholinguistics Lab undertakes experimental studies of human sentence processing, with an emphasis on cross-linguistic research. Its facilities supporting on- and off-site data collection are made available to students and faculty pursuing individual and collaborative projects. Several current projects focus on the syntax-prosody interface.

Speech Lab (Queens College)

The Speech Lab does research on computational approaches to understanding how speech communicates information, with a particular focus on quantitative approaches to representing intonation.  Housed at Queens College, The Speech Lab includes students from both Computer Science and Linguistics programs.  We have a number of ongoing projects which continue to develop over time. The website is actively updated to include a full listing of current short, medium and long term research projects.  Please contact Prof. Andrew Rosenberg for more information.

The CSI-CUNY Speech Laboratory

The CSI-CUNY Speech Lab is a general phonetics and laboratory phonology lab, featuring facilities for collecting production (acoustic and physiological), perception, and psycholinguistic data. One of the lab's primary research foci is the investigation of speech prosody and intonation, and the lab supports graduate students on various research projects. For more information, please contact Prof. Jason Bishop.

Neurolinguistics Lab

See the Neurolinguistics Lab website for details. Please contact Prof. Loraine Obler for more information.

Eye-Tracking Laboratory

Dr. Irina Sekerina's Eye-Tracking Laboratory at the College of Staten Island utilizes free-viewing eye-tracking known as the Visual World Paradigm. This experimental technique for studying spoken language comprehension provides a means for examining moment-by-moment processing in a natural setting of listening to speech. By monitoring eye movements of very different groups of participants -- normal adults, typically developing children, bilingual speakers and aphasic patients -- much can be inferred about what's going on when people act out spoken instructions.

Research in the lab focuses on three groups of participants (normal adults, children, and aphasic patients), and two languages, English and Russian." Please contact Dr. Sekerina for more information. 

Speech Production / Acoustics and Perception Laboratory

The goals of the Speech Production / Acoustics and Perception Laboratory are to understand the organization of the articulatory underpinnings of linguistic structure, to find the critical components of the acoustics for perceiving speech, and to explore the interrelationship between the two.

Contact Dr. Douglas Whalen for more information.