The New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour (NZILBB) is a multi-disciplinary centre dedicated to the study of human language. The researchers come from a wide range of disciplines, forging connections across linguistics, speech production and perception, language acquisition, language disorders, social cognition, memory, brain imaging, cognitive science, bilingual education, and interface technologies. This highly interdisciplinary team is working together toward a truly unified understanding of how language is acquired, produced and understood in its social and physical contexts.

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NZILBB- External grants awarded

15th Australasian International Speech Science and Technology Conference

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NZILBB Seminar Series

The next seminar is being presented by Dave Kleinschmidt (Rochester University) on Tuesday December 9th at 1pm in Locke 104a. The Ideal Adapter: Robust speech perception in the presence of talker variability.

There is also a seminar on Friday 12th December at 12noon in Locke104a presented by Douglas Pulleyblank (UBC) Emergent morphophonolgy:Vowel harmony and tone in Nata.

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Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund success

Congratulations to Catherine Theys (CMDS and NZILBB) for securing funding ($345k for three years) for the project Unravelling the neural mechanisms of speech production: Insights from EEG and fMRI in people who stutter. Press release

Phase Two Funding: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

NZILBB has been awarded further funding from MBIE to continue research and development on the Aerotactile Speech Perception Enhancement project starting October 2014 for two years. Press release

Speaking Eyebrow: Your face is saying more than you think

Sarah Kollmorgen (Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern) has been visiting NZILBB for six weeks. Sarah has written an article on gesture work which is being undertaken by members of the Bilingualism Theme. Read more



Scott Lloyd and Rod CarrCongratulations to Catherine Theys and Megan McAuliffe (NZILBB and CMDS) on being awarded a Meritorious Poster Submission at the upcoming American Speech Hearing Association (ASHA) conference for their poster Neurophysiological Correlates Associated With the Perception of Dysarthric Speech.

NZILBB is proud to announce that Scott Lloyd has been awarded a Vice-Chancellor's General Staff award which will assist him to visit MARCS at the University of Western Sydney later in the year.

NZILBB would like to congratulate Andrew MacFarlane on successfully defending his PhD thesis on June 13 2014. Andrew is the Institute's first full scholarship doctoral student.

15th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology.

SST2014 will be held in Christchurch, New Zealand 3rd -5th December 2014 at Rydges Latimer Hotel. NZILBB will be hosting SST 2014. Read more

Upcoming Events

Socio Group (Language Variation & Change Theme and the Bilingual Theme group meeting) Thursdays, 12noon in Locke 104a.

Participate in our research

NZILBB needs participants for experiments that we are currently running. All of our experiments have been approved by the UC Human Ethics Committee. Read more

NZILBB Annual Report 2012

The Annual Report 2012 has been recently completed. Read more

Lotteries Health Research grant

Catherine Theys (NZILBB Post-Doctoral Fellow) has been awarded $25,000 by LHR for an upgrade to the Bio-Semi EEG system.

UC QuakeBox

The UC QuakeBox was established in 2012 after two major earthquakes occurred in September 2010 and February 2011 in the Canterbury region. Our mission is to record stories from Cantabrians about their experiences in the quakes and to store the audio and video files in a large database. Read more

Team Tamariki

Team is a group of families who are willing to be contacted when their child is the right age for research projects that are about to start at the University. Contact us to sign up your child. Read more

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