LEAD research on language aims at developing a better understanding of language perception, comprehension and production and how the various units of language (e.g., words and sentences) are extracted from continuous speech streams.  This research also studies how a mature cognitive system manages the units used during oral or written production of words and sentences.  There are three major orientations of this research – namely, developmental studies involving the emergence of syntax, studies involving the development of the lexicon in children, and, real-time studies of how these linguistic units are managed during oral or written word production in adults.

The acquisition of syntax

The development of the lexicon

The management of linguistic units