Language Acquisition and Language Processing (LALP) Lab strikes a publication record
With 19 published papers, 2019 marks an all-time high for publications by members of the Language Acquisition and Language Processing Lab at the Department of Language and Literature, NTNU. All papers have appeared in high-impact and highly respected journals in the field of psycholinguistics and the cognition of language, such as Cognitive Psychology, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Journal of Logic, Language and Information, Neuropsychologia, Journal of Memory and Language, Journal of Neurolinguistics, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Cognitive Neuropsychology, Journal of Semantics or as chapters in scientific volumes published with Mouton de Gruyter and Routledge.
Experimental research requires time to produce reliable results, and good experimental research takes even longer. The LALP Lab output reflects systematic, often unrewarding, work by Lab faculty and students on a range of topics where the Lab research group are conducting research at the frontiers of the science of language, addressing questions on how adult speakers participate in communication via language, how meaning is conveyed through language, how non-literal, indirect language is processed, what is the role of gesture in communication, and how these skills develop in very young children. At a time when science should be made widely accessible, and following the recent call for Open Science, most of our publications have been published as Gold Open Access.
The LALP Lab research group is small, but robust. With only 3 permanent faculty, 2 postdocs and currently 4 PhD fellows, the 2019 scientific output is quite impressive. The secret of this productivity is the dedicated policy we follow to encourage good and responsible science in all students we supervise, and stirring up their curiosity. Many of the master projects supervised by Lab faculty have made it in good journals, and 2019 is no exception. In addition, all research at the Lab is conducted in active collaboration between members of the group, together with leading international experts, each one contributing their expertise. What has also served as tremendous impetus have been the large-scale research grants the Lab has been awarded by the EU 7thFP, Horizon2020, and The Norwegian Research Council. Last, but not least, we owe a lot to the Lab alumni who have moved on to new inspiring research at other labs in the world consolidating the Lab international reputation.
2020 holds new promise for new exciting research and many papers, which are currently in the publication pipeline.