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LingLab: Experimental Linguistics Laboratory

The central hub of empirical and experimental linguistics and language science research at Newcastle University.

Enabling high-end linguistics research

The facilities associated with LingLab enable high-end linguistics research involving:

  • acoustic analysis
  • typical and atypical human language development and processing
  • second language acquisition
  • speech perception
  • social interaction
  • language variation and change
  • reading behaviour
  • lateralisation studies

It brings together staff and students from the Schools of Education, Communication and Language SciencesEnglish Literature, Language and Linguistics and Modern Languages. We also have ties to other schools and units across the University.

The phonetics space

The phonetics space includes equipment for:

  • ultrasound tongue imaging (UTI)
  • electrogottography (EGG)
  • electropalatography (EPG)
  • nasometry
  • airflow measurement

An anechoic chamber with specialist recording equipment and microphones allows high-quality recordings of participants with display facilities for data elicitation. These can be controlled by a researcher from outside the chamber.

The linguistics space

The linguistics space houses computers with software for audio-visual analysis (e.g. ELAN, MIMO, PRAAT, PHON, etc.) and a Tobii X120 eye-tracker for psycholinguistic research into reading and language processing.

Our links with the Bioscience Institute

Alongside our lab, our researchers also have access to psycholinguistic and neuro-physiological techniques that are available at the Bioscience Institute.

These include:

  • electroencephalograms (EEG)
  • functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)
  • magnetoencephalography (MEG)
  • positron emission tomography (PET)
  • further eyetracking and retinal imaging techniques

Our linguistic analyses are further supported by cloud servers and a High Power Computing (HPC) facility at Newcastle University. This enables researchers to run advanced statistical analyses that require more memory and resources than is typical.

The Lab is managed by Lauren Ackerman, who serves as a research support scientist for experimental and quantitative linguistics across ECLS, SELLL and SML.

For questions about LingLab, please email