Multimodal Child Language Acquisition
Multimodal Child Language Acquisition is a network funded by the Danish Research Councils running from March 2019 to August 2021. The network aims to establish a novel research collaboration between the Centre for Language Technology, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), and the Linguistics Department at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) around child language acquisition.
Examples of relevant themes to be addressed are as follows:
- Simultaneous acquisition of languages in bi/trilingual children (Chinese-English/ Danish-English/ Chinese-Danish) with focus on the importance of gestures, emotions, and facial expressions.
- Study of transfer/interference in second language learning and analysis of the degree of similarity between the first and second language (e.g. Danish-English, Danish-Chinese, Chinese-English).
- Code-mixing and code-switching phenomena and their possible effect on language acquisition and social impact.
The researchers from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The University of Hong Kong are experts in:
- bi/multilingual language acquisition in children
- syntax and semantics
- language typology
- languages in contact
- Chinese and English
The researchers from University of Copenhagen are experts in:
- Natural Language Processing (NLP)
- multimodal communication and multimodal corpora (video- and audio-recorded corpora for analyzing the relation between speech
- facial expressions and gestures comprising e.g. head movement and hand gestures), and infrastructure for language resources with particular focus on Danish.
Workshop - new dates
The International Workshop on Language Acquisition in Copenhagen will be held, 22-23 June 2021.
Senior researcher at the Centre for Language Technology
Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics
University of Copenhagen