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Helen Buckler

Assistant Professor in Psycholinguistics & Second Language Acquisition, Faculty of Arts



Prior to joining the University of Nottingham in 2017 I held a Rubicon postdoctoral fellowship from the Netherlands Institute for Scientific Research (NWO). I used this to conduct research into the effect of multiple accents on early language acquisition at the University of Toronto.

Education: BA(Hons); MA University of Manchester; PhD Radboud University Nijmegen / Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.

Expertise Summary

I am a developmental linguist with an interest in many topics relating to the psychological aspects of language acquisition and use. My work combines methods from psycholinguistics, phonetics & phonology and sociolinguistics.

My research interests fall under the Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics (CRAL) and the Nottingham Psycholinguistics and Language Learning Lab.

Research Summary

My research focuses on psychological aspects of language acquisition, in particular how infants and children acquire language(s) from the speech they hear.

Current strands of research include:

- The impact of different linguistic learning environments on language development, particularly speech perception, word recognition and vocabulary development

- Phonetic analysis of the acoustic properties of infant- and child-directed speech

- The development of sociolinguistic awareness

- Morphological development, particularly at the interface with phonology.

Recent Publications

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