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- External grants awarded

NZILBB Research

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NZILBB- External grants awarded


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Jen Hay

NZILBB Director awarded 2015 UC Research Medal

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Strategic Fellows 2016

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NZILBB Seminar Series

Dean Sutherland (Communication Disorders, University of Canterbury) The language development of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Friday May 13th 2016, 1pm in Locke104a

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New Zealand English and English in New Zealand (NZEENZ)

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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

New Zealand Women of Influence Awards

NZILBB is delighted to announce that Jen Hay (NZILBB Director) was 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.

Air Puff Study

Donald Derrick (NZILBB) was recently on the Radio New Zealand National programme talking about his latest research. Listen here

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

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

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