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Centre for Language and Communication Science Research

The Centre for Language and Communication Science Research carries out research into all aspects of speech, language and communication disorders, as well as typical speech and language.

Key themes include: the nature and long term consequences of developmental language impairment, language and disadvantage, and therapy both for developmental and acquired disorders. Deafness and sign language is another focus of interest, with investigations of typical and impaired sign language use.

About the centre

The Centre for Language and Communication Science Research (CLCSR) carries out research into all aspects of speech, language and communication disorders, as well as typical speech and language, social and clinical linguistics, deafness, dysphagia, and developmental disorders. Key themes include: aphasia, the nature and long term consequences of developmental language disorder, assessment and therapy both for developmental and acquired disorders; gesture, deafness and sign language as well as social and clinical linguistics.

The research is renowned for its combination of innovation, scientific excellence and clinical relevance. CLCSR is interdisciplinary by nature, including speech and language therapists, psychologists, linguists, phoneticians and audiologists. Our research has influenced clinical and educational practices both in the UK and overseas, and led to new clinical tools (e.g. for the early identification of developmental language and social communication disorders; for the assessment of quality of life and self-report outcomes in adults with aphasia), new clinical interventions (e.g., to improve vocabulary / word finding, discourse / narrative, working memory, reading and writing). The Centre has an on-site speech and language therapy clinic, and active collaborations with academic and clinical partners in the UK and internationally.

The Centre comprises about 30 members of academic staff and around 20 post-doctoral research fellows, research assistants and doctoral students. The Centre is organised into four active research groups.

The Centre comprises of four research groups:

  1. Adult Assessment and Intervention Research (AAIR)
  2. Developmental Assessment and Intervention Research (DAIR)
  3. Speech, Phonology and Linguistics
  4. Deafness and Visual Language Research

Since 2008, the Centre has been engaged in current and recent projects to the value of over £15M, stimulating a range of research outputs including over 200 peer-reviewed journal publications. We also have City Access, a resources page for families and professionals to access information and downloads relating to questionnaires and tools developed at CLCSR.

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