Our Linguistics Laboratory gives students in the English Language and Linguistics Department the opportunity to use professional-standard equipment. Supported by academic staff, they are able to conduct their own experiments, extending their understanding of the field.

A first-class resource

The Linguistics Laboratory (LingLab for short) has facilities for experimental and quantitative research in acoustics, sociophonetics, and speech and language processing and acquisition. As well as the lab, members of the Department also have access to a professional recording studio and a multimedia lab which can be used for research and teaching.

Supporting research

The first-class facilities available in LingLab support our students and staff to pursue a range of research areas.

There is a range of equipment available to support work across the field of language and linguistics.

Speech and language processing

  • FSR Research Eyelink 1000 eye-tracker.
    This is one of the world’s most precise and accurate video-based eye-trackers, giving fast, accurate and reliable eye-tracking across a wide range of populations – from infants through to elderly participants.

Recording equipment

  • Professional recording studio
  • Portable solid state recorders
  • Microphones for various purposes

Acoustic analysis

  • Praat, a computer programme for speech analysis and synthesis is available on PCs and Macs.

Perception

  • E-Prime behavioural experiment software, which allows you to design, analyse and collect data is available on PCs and laptops.

Data capture and student training

  • E-Prime and Praat are also available on 20 workstations in the School’s Multimedia lab.

Statistics and presentation

There is a range of software available including R for statistical computing and graphics and MS Office, as well as equipment including an LCD Projector.

Additional resources

Additional resources include GRToBI, which is a tool for the prosodic annotation of Greek spoken language. Prosody is the study of the tune and rhythm of speech (examining functions such as intonation, tone and stress) and how these features contribute to meaning.

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