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INTPART-International Partnerships for Excellent Education and Research

Excellence in graduate education and research in the cognitive and neural underpinnings of (typical and atypical) language development

Alternative title: Fremragende forskerutdanning og forskning i kognitive og nevrale grunnlag for (typisk og atypisk) språkutvikling

Awarded: NOK 4.5 mill.

The current project aims to achieve and sustain synergy between the LALP group (NTNU) and a leading research cluster at University of Connecticut (USA) in higher education and research in the advanced study of language and its neural and cognitive underpinnings. Active collaboration over the three years of the project will ensure long-lasting results and open possibilities for long-term sustained partnership between the collaborating groups. The project agenda includes three main types of collaboration: collaboration in training and education, collaboration in research, and wide dissemination of the project outcomes. The envisaged collaboration will secure the position of Norwegian and American institutions as world leaders in research-based higher education training, and will lead to establishing cross-institutional and multidisciplinary projects that advance research on typical and atypical language development. It will also prepare a new generation of young researchers equipped with interdisciplinary skills across linguistics, neuroscience, education, computational modelling and communication sciences.

EDULANG takes a radical interdisciplinary approach to language learning research strategies by combining psychological and linguistic theory with advanced computational methods. In particular, EDULANG focuses on (1) investigating the trajectories and mechanisms involved in language development across typical and atypical learners, (2) developing novel computational and statistical methods for analyzing developmental language data, (3) offering early-stage graduate students high-level training in advanced computational modelling, statistical techniques, and psycholinguistic theory, and (4) fostering cross-talk between related disciplines with a focus on human development and cognition. We build on and strengthen relationships between leading research groups in Norway (LALP Lab at NTNU) and the United States (University of Connecticut) in the fields of psycholinguistics, neuroscience of language, and computational modeling, focusing on language development trajectories in typical and atypical language learners.

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INTPART-International Partnerships for Excellent Education and Research