SPEAKIN Lab is a research group doing speech and language science. Our main interests are speech learning and adaptation, speech perception and production, and their dynamics across the lifespan, languages, language varieties, and accents. For more detail on what we do exactly, please see the projects page.

We’re scientists and students affiliated with the Institute of Psychology, Czech Academy of Sciences, the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, and the Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové. Our experiments run mostly in LABELS, a.k.a. Laboratory of Behavioural and Linguistic Studies, as well as at schools, hospitals, and at collaborating institutions. We collaborate closely with the English department at Palacký University in Olomouc, as well as with universities and research institutes in the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Australia.

Since its establishment in 2018, the research of our laboratory has been continuously funded from various external and internal sources. We have been supported by grants from the Czech Science Foundation, the Grant Agency of Charles University, the European Regional Development Fund and the Czech Ministry of Education, and programs supporting excellent research from Charles University (Primus program) and the Academy of Sciences (Lumina Quaeruntur).

We’re looking for little monolingual and bilingual participants. Do you have a child aged 4-25 months? Sign up for our research! In addition to learning about speech acquisition, there is a reward waiting for you.

What’s new

7. 2. 2024

Language can deceive our senses – how we hear with our eyes or how we subconsciously evaluate speakers after only a few tenths of a second can be read in the article by Kateřina Chládková in the new issue of the magazine Vesmír.

19. 1. 2024

We kindly invite you to the Cognitive School 2024, which we co-organize within the Institute of Psychology, Czech Academy of Sciences. It will take place next week, from Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th January 2024.

In the programme, the members of the speakinlab will present several projects: a lecture will be given by Maroš Filip on Semantic and syntactic anomalies in Czech: an ERP study (a joint project with Filip Smolík), Natálie Kikoťová on The effect of negative emotion on neural speech tracking and lexical processing, Monika Kučerová on Preschoolers’ production of L2 vowels is affected by input quality: A longitudinal study and Martina Dvořáková on Neural preparedness for spoken language: neural speech tracking in newborns of Czech-speaking, Russian-speaking, and signing mothers.

In the poster session, Lucie Jarůšková will be presenting the project Perceptual biases for L1-accented speakers in infants: prior studies and our pilot data and Kateřina Kynčlová and Michaela Svoboda on Neural tracking of visual-only speech. We look forward to seeing you!

4. 1. 2024

Do časopisu Vox pediatriae, určeného pro dětské lékaře a další odborníky pracující s dětmi, jsme připravili ve spolupráci s doc. Filipem Smolíkem z Psychologického ústavu AVČR článek na téma Bilingvní děti a bilingvní výchova: co nám říká současná věda. Článek je k přečtení zde.

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