Our research interests are centred on several areas:

Verb syntax

We are interested in the relationship between verbs and their complementation frames. Previous research indicated that the number of complements had an inhibitory influence on the processing of transitive verbs while the number of complementation frames facilitated verb processing. Following the Information Processing Models developed for language morphology, we propose that complementation frames of each verb form their syntactic paradigms.

Bilingualism

There are two lines of research in bilingualism pursued in the lab:

  1. Translation: Given that in different languages verbs with the equivalent meaning can be combined with different syntactic frames, we are interested in the way those verbs are represented in L1 and L2, and in the process of their translation. This research is funded by IRCSET.
  2. Developing tools for speech and language assessment for bilingual children: The use of English and Irish languages in Irish society and in the education system requires tools for language assessment in both languages. In order to develop assessment tools for Irish it is necessary to obtain developmental norms for various aspects of language acquisition. Because of the possibility for extensive analysis narratives are used to establish developmental norms. This research is funded by An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta (COGG).

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Mr. Éamon Ó Cuív, Minister for Social Protection; Mr. Ciarán Lenoach; Ms. Sarah-Ann Muckley and Mr. Peadar Mac an Iomaire, Acadamh na hOllsc