Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics

Psycholinguistics and Language Learning Lab

We are an interdisciplinary group that shares an interest in language processing and acquisition in a first and second language.

Our Labs are housed in the School of English in the Trent Building, where we do behavioural and eye-tracking research.​

In the lab we have:

  • EyeLink 1000+ with ExperimentBuilder and DataViewer
  • E-Prime
  • DMDX
  • BioSemi Active-Two Amplifier and EDA & EMG electrodes

Psycholinguistics Research Group (PRG)

We are an active group in the Schools of English and Psychology who meet weekly to discuss research and develop research projects across the disciplines of psycholinguistics and first and second language processing.​

If you are interested in joining, please email for information – or just show up at one of the meetings.

Meeting dates and times

The group usually meets weekly.

Tuesday 2:30 - 4:00pm

Venue: A49, Trent Building, University Park Campus


If you are interested in pursuing one of our projects for a PhD, please email the relevant supervisor(s).


Would you like to take part in language studies in one of our labs?​

Sign up here to our Participant Pool and you will be emailed whenever a study is running with details about payment, study type, length, etc.​




 Current Projects and Research Interests

Multi-word units & formulaic language (MWUs)


What underpins the processing advantage for MWU (e.g. metaphors, idioms, binomials, compounds, collocations, phrasal verbs)?

Irony, emoticons & emotion


How do we use and understand irony and emoticons? What is our emotional response to them?

Interlingual homographs, homophones, and cognates


How does interlingual overlap influence second language processing?


Applying science to literature

Conklin, Guy, Scott, Sotirova

How do readers engage with actual literary texts, e.g. the variants in a text that editions make available?

Incidental language learning


What words do learners acquire simply from reading or watching TV and movies?

Adaptation to accented speech


How do we understand speakers of an unfamiliar accent so rapidly? How do children learn to do this?


Learning from variable input


How do we speak to children? With so many sources of variation in the speech they hear, how do children learn the forms of words?



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Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics

The University of Nottingham

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