Kgolo & Eisenbeiss in special issue in “Cross-linguistic #Psycholinguistics” #PsychoLingFieldLab #linguistics #fieldwork #languages #Bantu

It looks as if more and more people are now taking the psycholinguistics lab to the field. Our paper about morphological processing in the Bantu language Setswana has just appeared in a special issue of Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience: “Laboratory in the Field: Advances in cross-linguistic psycholinguistics”. And today, I found a hard copy of the volume in my pigeonhole!

Our paper is: Kgolo, N., & Eisenbeiss, S. (2015). The role of morphological structure in the processing of complex forms: Evidence from Setswana deverbative nouns. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 9, .1116-1133

The editors for the special issue were Alice C. Harris, T.Florian Jaeger, and Elisabeth Norcliffe. Florian Jaeger has written a blog post about the special issue that you can find on his blog.

Thanks again to the editors!


OpenSesame, #Python & #PsychoPy links added to #Psycholinguistics #Experiments Tools List

We have added the following links about the free experiment software Open Sesame (now available in version 3.0, with Python scripting options) to our list of software and tools.

We also have a separate page with Python links. and our list of software and tools contains information about PsychoPy, another experiment software package that works with Python.

Some of our students are trying this out and comments/suggestions are more than welcome!


Resources & Readings about #ChildDirectedSpeech: #corpora #corpusresources #experiments

chick_directed_speech_sleepy_time_2015_09_20We have created a new blog and website to present our own research and other people’s cross-linguistic and cross-cultural research on child-directed speech (CDS) and its effects on children’s linguistic development:

We will use this site to provide resources for researchers, parents, and language professionals like teachers or speech and language therapists (e.g. reading lists, fact sheets, etc.). Readers of our experimentalfieldlinguistics blog might be particularly interested in our list of readings about cross-cultural differences. Some of the studies that we list or discuss involve naturalistic data or semi-structured language games played in the family, but others involve systematic training studies that investigate effects of feedback or different types of models in the child’s input; e.g. work by Saxton, Waterfall, and others.

If you have any information about interesting studies, books, blog posts, fact sheets, or social media accounts, please let us know so that we can share the information. We also welcome suggestions for blog post topics, resource creation, etc. You can follow the blog directly on WordPress or follow us on Twitter @LanguageGames4a . The blog is associated with our new Ladeli Centre for Language Development throughout the Lifespan at the University of Essex, which has a strong cross-cultural and cross-linguistic focus and will carry  out studies on under-researched languages.

In some of our projects on child-directed speech, we will use our new “Language in a bag” toolkit for the creation of language games

We hope you will find our resources useful and spread the word!


Sonja Eisenbeiss