Prof. Katherine Demuth

Role: Co-project Leader

Katherine Demuth is a CORE Professor in Linguistics and the Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS) at Macquarie University, where she is Director of the Child Language Lab and a member of the new ARC Centre of Excellence for Cognition and its Disorders (CCD). Prof. Demuth’s research focuses is on Language Acquisition, including studies of both perception and production across languages.

She is especially interested in the development of phonological, morphological and syntactic representations, in both typically developing and language-impaired children and L2 learners. Much of her work is cross-linguistic, using insights from the structure of different languages to better understanding the mechanisms underlying the process of language acquisition. Part of this research program also involves a better understanding of the nature of the input (child-directed speech) that language learners hear.