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 disorder
- Assessment and therapy both for developmental and acquired disorders
- Deafness and sign language
- 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 communication, discourse/narrative, working memory, reading and writing, and well-being).
The Centre has an on-site speech and language therapy clinic (The Roberta Williams Centre) 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:
- Adult Assessment and Intervention Research (AAIR)
- Developmental Assessment and Intervention Research (DAIR)
- Speech, Phonology and Linguistics
- Deafness and Visual Language Research.