- The goal of the Institute for the Empirical Study of Language is to enhance
research on the processes of perception, production, and acquisition of
language. The use of language is one of the most significant activities
distinguishing human beings from other species. A proper understanding
of language use is a major goal in cognitive science, and progress toward
that goal will have both theoretical and applied results. Ohio University
has a growing number of faculty and graduate students who are involved
in empirical investigations of language use. We have joined together
as an Institute to earn the benefits of collaborative research and shared
facilities. Our members come from the Departments of Linguistics,
Modern Languages, Psychology, and the School of Hearing and Speech Sciences.
Unique Value of the Institute
- The concept of an institute for the empirical study of language is unique in
Ohio, though similar kinds of groups exist in other parts of the
United States. Bringing faculty, students, and laboratories into a collaborative unit permits research which is not possible for an individual investigator. The Institute increases the visibility of language research at Ohio University and increases opportunities for external funding. Schools and departments are also able to use the Institute to assist in recruiting new faculty and graduate students because of the opportunity to work collaboratively with faculty and graduate students from several disciplines.
Space and Equipment
- Members of the Institute have access to laboratory facilities operated by the Departments
of Linguistics, Modern Languages, and Psychology and by the School of Hearing & Speech Sciences. The Psycholinguistics Lab in Gordy Hall is operated
jointly by Linguistics and Psychology. It houses equipment for speech
analysis and supports research in speech perception and spoken word recognition.
A second lab, the Cognitive Lab, is operated by Psychology in Porter Hall.
It has IBM and Macintosh personal computers plus software for creating
and controlling experiments. It presently supports research in visual and
spoken word recognition. Psychology also has the Klare Lab, housing
nine personal computers for research purposes. The School of Hearing and
Speech Sciences has a language intervention lab, a neurolinguistics lab,
a lab for signal processing, acoustic chambers for recording and testing
speech processing under controlled conditions, and electrophysiologic and
eye movement recording equipment. Modern Languages has three 30-seat
listening labs for presentation and recording of audio taped material.
- The Institute is governed by a Director and two Associate Directors. The Director
of the Institute oversees the budget of the Institute, presides at meetings
of the Institute, and represents the Institute at other official meetings. The
Associate Director for Research identifies opportunities for external funding,
assists in the preparation of grant proposals, and coordinates the use
of research facilities shared by members of the Institute. The Associate
Director for Training organizes opportunities for graduate and undergraduate
students to participate in research that is conducted by Institute members.
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Dick Piccard revised this file (http://www.ohiou.edu/iesl/mission.html) for the IESL on September 25, 2001.
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