NZILBB - University of Canterbury - New Zealand


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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NZILBB Seminar Series

Jonathan Peelle (Washington University in St Louis) Listening effort: How the cognitive consequences of acoustic challenge are reflected in brain and behavior 08 December 2017. 1pm in Locke104a

Upcoming Seminars

Royal Society of NZ Marsden Fund 2018

Congratulations to NZILBB researchers Kevin Watson, Lynn Clark and Jen Hay (all Department of Linguistics, University of Canterbury) who have been awarded a Marsden grant for their project Towards an improved theory of language change: understanding the covariation of linguistic variables within and across speakers.

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?

Strategic Fellows 2016

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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.

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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  • New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour
    University of Canterbury
    Private Bag 4800, Christchurch
    New Zealand
  • Tel: +64 3 369 5920
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