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
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
NZILBB Seminar Series
Rory Turnbull (Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique) Explaining probabilistic phonetic reduction: Speech production, theory of mind, and conceptual unity. Monday 23rd November, 3pm in Locke 104a
New Zealand Women of Influence Awards
NZILBB is delighted to announce that Jen Hay (NZILBB Director) has been named as one of the finalists in the Innovation Category at the 2015 Women of Influence Awards. 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.
University of Canterbury Summer Scholarships
NZILBB has five summer scholarships available. Click here for further information
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