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.
NZILBB Director awarded 2015 UC Research Medal
NZILBB Seminar Series
Matthias Heyne (University of Canterbury) The influence of native language on playing brass instruments: An ultrasound study of Tongan and Kiwi trombone players. Friday 28th April, 1pm, Locke 104a.
Upcoming seminars - 2017
Strategic Fellows 2016
Royal Society of NZ Marsden Fund 2017
Congratulations to Lynn Clark, Kevin Watson and Jen Hay on being awarded a Marsden grant What is the Southland accent? Read more
Royal Society of NZ Marsden Fund 2016
Congratulations to NZILBB Director, Jen Hay, and NZILBB Bilingual Theme Leader, Jeanette King, on being awarded a Marsden grant Statistical learning with and without a lexicon. Read more
James Cook Fellowship
Congratulations to Professor Jen Hay (NZILBB Director) on being awarded a prestigious James Cook Fellowship in 2015. The fellowships are awarded to researchers at the height of their research careers.
Air Puff Study
NZILBB Annual Reports
Copies (pdf) of the NZILBB Annual Reports are available here
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
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