The Words in the World project seeks to integrate training with language research, innovation, and community driven initiatives. Our research is conducted at universities and in clinical settings, in the community, and with our industry partners. Words in the World project members are active researchers at the cutting edge of their fields. Members have expertise in a variety fields, including experimental psycholinguistics, first and second language acquisition, bilingualism, language development, language assessment and intervention, neurolinguistics, and speech comprehension and production.

Members of the grant work with a range of populations, with representation across multiple age groups (young children through to older adults), multiple language backgrounds (monolingual, bilingual, languages learners), multiple literacies (adult illiterate populations, endangered language populations), and populations facing language challenges (aphasia, Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, mild cognitive impairment, autism, depression, anxiety, dyslexia).

Researchers affiliated with Words in the World work with a variety of languages, including French, English, German, Dutch, Icelandic, Danish, Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Acadian, Valencian, Greek, Polish, Slovenian, Finnish, Turkish, Hebrew, Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, Kannada, Sanskrit, Taiwanese, Japanese, Mandarin, Salish, and Athabaskan/Dene.

Methodologies represented in the project include behavioural methods (e.g., speech analysis, eye-tracking, reaction times, handwriting), neurobehavioural methods (EEG/ERP, fMRI, fNIRS, MEG), computational method (modelling, corpus linguistics, statistical analysis). Implementation science is also represented, through program assessment and knowledge mobilization.

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